Spain to Mississippi
Exchange student from Spain with her friends at Mississippi pep rally

Andrea (far left) with her pep rally rowdies

Hi I’m Andrea, a Spanish exchange student in Mississippi, and I’m going to talk about my first days here.

My adventure started on the 21st of August when I took my flights. Everything seemed pretty normal, but a storm in Dallas made me stay the night there. It’s funny now that I talk about it, but it wasn’t when I lived it. The first time that I traveled alone and stuck in a city!

Well, after all of this, I finally arrived at my destination: Mississippi. It was some of the best moments of my life, meeting my host family, arriving at my house and my city for the next year. The first day was normal. I talked with my parents, went to see the school, and had dinner.

I didn’t have to have lunch alone in the bathroom, like in the movies, which was one of my worst nightmares.

The second day was my debut at school. I was so nervous. My head was full of all the tips that other exchange students gave me before I arrived, but that was not enough, it looked so crowded and so big.

Quickly, I made my first friend. She took me to all my classes and showed me the school. Thanks to her, I met a lot of people, and I didn’t have to have lunch alone in the bathroom, like in the movies, which was one of my worst nightmares. I must say that my first day was very good; everyone knew that I was coming and everyone was nice to me.

After a month and 13 days, I have my group of friends, and I have lived many amazing new experiences including joining theatre and show choir and going to homecoming and football games.

—Andrea (Spain), hosted by the Perkins family (MS)