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Halloween Vibes

Siapa coba yang gak tau Halloween? Carving pumpkin? Scary face? Nah, jadi sebelum hari Halloween itu aku, Grandma and Grandpa Horner mengajak kami pergi ke kebun apel sekaligus tempat dimana membeli labu setiap tahunnya sebelum Halloween. Pumpkinnya buanyaaak banget. Setiap orang dapat satu pumpkin. Mereka juga jual pumpkin kecil yang bentuknya imut sekali. Thank you Grandma and Grandpa! Di minggu selanjutnya aku, Meriem dan adik-adikku memotong labu (English: Pumpkin) dan bikin muka boleh yang serem, unik, lucu, cakep, etc. Aku buat yang cakep dong kayak aku. Gak sulit tapi menantang. Harus sabar dan kreatif. Jadi carving pumpkin (membentuk labu) adalah salah satu tradisi yang diadakan ketika menjelang Halloween. I am gonna post a video when we’re carving pumpkins. This one was my trial. Di hari Halloween, Norwell mengadakan dress up untuk siswa dan guru. Banyak yang berpakaian aneh seperti baju pisang, burger, vampire, girl with red scarf, pilgrims, and many more. Just found out kalo

How does it feel like to be an exchange student?

Exchange is uncomfortable. It's feeling out of place. It's talking to people you don't like. Try to be nice all the time. It's bugs.. and bears. It's cold, freezing cold. It's homesickness, trying to deal with time zone. It's awkward silence and it's feeling guilty because you don't talk to someone at home. Or feeling guilty because you missed something because you were talking on Skype. But in the end, you'll be missing all those uncomfortable feelings and wish that you could come back to all those memories -Exchange Students- #AFS-YES #NyanyianTanahAir

Cut is having a baby? WHAAAT?!

So last semester I took Child Development class. This class taught me many things about baby and parenthood. We got a project called Flour Baby. So, this is the story! That day when my host parents were already home, I told them I would have a baby. First I told my host mom. She knew about flour baby so she was not really surprised about it. But she was glad to hear that. Then I said to my host dad, “Daddy, I will have a baby!” He said, “What?! Are you kidding me?!” My mom and I laughed so hard. Mom explained him that it wouldn’t be real baby, just the fake one, flour baby. It’s only a project for Child Development Class.  After that I told my host sister and two of host brothers I would have a baby. Mylia was surprised. I told her the truth. She was so happy then. Rio was surprised. He made a flat face showed he didn’t believe me. He said, “What?! Baby?!” He laughed. I laughed, too. I told him the truth. Cheo was also surprised but then I told him. Daddy said, “We’re gonna have one mo

Learn US History thru Mississinewa 1812

Grandma and grandpa Horner invited us to go to see Indians, not the true ones but the people who dressed up like Indians. So we went to the other town 2 hours away from Bluffton. We wanted to see the war. It was called Missinewa 1882. The war was a long time ago between Americans and Native Americans. So we were watching a reenactment at that time. They set up the wood pretty much like a long time ago, the Indians’ houses, the way the looked like, etc. Fortunately, we got to see the war. They made it just like a real war. That’s just awesome! They also sold a lot of things such as old knives, handicrafts, shirts, and many more. My host dad told me this is what they do. They had a meal, too. So, they might get money from that as well. They do the reenactment all over the states. They move from one state to another state. They probably have jobs but they do what they like to do. They find joyful doing that.

Bluffton Street Fair

I went to a festival in Bluffton, Indiana which was held on September 16-20, 2014 called Bluffton Street Fair. We went there the last two days to walk on the parade. I was wearing Norwell’s shirt and helping to give Northern Well Community Service brochure to the people. I was proud because I was walking with many public stations. I felt like I was an important person because people were watching me (actually they’re watching the whole parade, not me).  We also gave them candies. It reminded me when I was looking at the parade in Markle, the people whoe were walking in the parade gave me lots of candies. That parade was for the election. So it’s kinda like campaign. I’ll show the video later! After walking in the parade, Meriem (exchange sister from Tunisia) and I met Noemi (Switzerland) and Paula (Spain). We played roller coaster (kinda roller coaster but not really), spinning cups, and I forget one more. We only got to play 3 rides because we had to be back to our host family at 8. T

AUTUMN IS AWESOME!

I know fall or autumn season is over. But better late than never to share about this season! Autumn is always beautiful. I enjoy every single day looking at colorful trees on the way to school, on the way to Fort Wayne, on the way to grandma and grandpa Wilson’s and grandma grandpa Moo’s house. Dingin? Tetep deh. We never be able to predict the weather in Indiana (daddy said).  Even though sometimes the temperature is 25 degree celsius, but the wind is still very cold..for me. But the beauty of red, yellow, and orange maples never makes me tired of seeing them. I also get to see pink and purple leaves from the other trees. Every time I go somewhere and find beautiful leaves, I always bring them home. My friends asked me to bring the maple’s leaves to Indonesia. I know that sounds weird but I will. I also want to keep them in a frame as a kenang-kenangan in my bedroom when I return home.  Maple leaves have been my favorite leaves since a long time. But I never got it before. But I do no

Arrival Orientation 🎉🎉

This was our first gathering with the whole group. This group of exchange students consist of students from Indonesia, Tunisia, Pakistan,  Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Bahrain, Egypt, Japan, Nigeria, and Germany. We were having fun orientation in our lovely cluster leader’s (local coordinator) house, Rebekah Brown-Hubley and celebrating Aiman and Saleem’s birthday as well.  I was wearing my batik to introduce my pride.  Being part of this FLAG family is one of the most wonderful things I’ve ever had. Love you my international friends! <3

Newsletter for YES Indonesia

Assalamu'alaikum.. Hai! Namaku Cut Mutia Fahira, biasanya dipanggil Cut atau Icut. Aku berasal dari Bina Antarbudaya Medan. Akhirnya aku sampai di negara Super Power ini. Terima kasih kepada seluruh pihak khususnya Bina Antarbudaya yang telah membantu kami mewujudkan mimpi besar ini. Sudah hampir 2 bulan aku berada di Amerika Serikat (AS) sejak kedatanganku Agustus lalu. Aku tinggal di Bluffton, Indiana. Banyak hal baru dan menarik kutemukan di sini. Mulai dari sistem satuan ukur Amerika yang mereka gunakan seperti Fahrenheit, miles, feet, inches, pounds, dan lain-lain.  Berbeda dengan Indonesia yang menggunakan Sistem Internasional (SI) yang juga digunakan hampir seluruh dunia. Tapi hanya Amerika yang menggunakan sistem berbeda. Aku ingat saat itu aku meminjamkan penggaris yang kubawa dari Indonesia kepada temanku di kelas Jerman. Dia baru saja mulai mengukur dan melihat satuan penggarisku adalah centimeter.  Lalu dia berkata, “Gees, it is centimeter not inch.  What kind of ruler

Norwell High School Homecoming 2014

Assalamu'alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.. It has been months I have been here . Perasaan suka, duka, cemas, takut, sudah pernah kurasakan. Tapi diantara itu semua banyak hal yang kupelajari. Aku akan bercerita tentang sekolahku. Sekolahku bernama Norwell High School. Knight adalah maskot NHS, so I’m Norwell Knight! NHS adalah sekolah yang cukup besar dengan murid sebanyak 855 dari kelas 9 sampai 12. I’m a Junior. Junior adalah siswa kelas 11. Sebenarnya aku ingin jadi kelas 12 tapi entah kenapa aku tidak berani dan konselorku juga menyarankan kelas 11. Kesan hari pertama sekolah cukup membahagiakan. Aku tidak tahu dimana kelasku. Padahal aku membawa peta sekolah. Tapi aku masih saja bingung membacanya. Beruntungnya banyak orang yang mau membantuku.  Aku ingat ketika aku kebingungan membaca peta dan tiba-tiba seseorang datang membantuku dan mengantarkanku ke kelas. Aku juga bertanya pada banyak orang. Banyak pula dari mereka yang juga tidak tahu kelas yang kutanyakan. Tapi aku s

Adjust to new activities in the USA!

Assalamu'alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh. Bismillahirrahmanirrahim.. Hai guys how are you doing? I’m sure everything is well, as well as I am in here. Aku tinggal di sebuah kota bernama Bluffton yang terletak di state Indiana. Tepatnya di jalan 334 Hickory Knoll Drive. Berbeda dengan Indonesia, format penulisan alamat rumah di Amerika dimulai dengan nomor rumah kemudian nama jalan. Jalan menuju rumahku dan begitu juga rumahku di kelilingi kebun jagung dan kacang kedelai. Sangat asri.. Salah satu hal yang membuatku terkesan di sini adalah hampir semua rumah tertancap bendera Amerika di depannya. Itu berarti mereka cinta dan bangga terhadap negaranya. Hal itu bisa menjadi salah satu panutan bagi kita agar kita lebih mencintai Indonesia, walaupun aku tahu rasa cinta tidak ditunjukkan hanya dengan sebuah benda. Hari pertama keberadaanku di sini mengejutkanku. Host mom memasak nasi berwarna coklat siap saji untuk makan malam. Ternyata mereka suka makan nasi. Aku benar-benar tidak men