Saturday, December 25, 2010

country announcements

We had a christmas exchange the other day and abby made us all these sweet shirts :) we have white ones too! We had to go to a rotary meeting to announce what countries we're going to so here are some fun pictures from it...

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Belgium :)

I'm going to Belgium! Heck yes :) So last night all the exchange girls came over and Morgan was the "only" one who knew what country she was going to so Katy "wanted" to know and Abby and I were dying to find out so we called Beth and asked if she was home and we said we were gonna drop a present by so we went to Baskin Robbins with Arthur and all of us and got her a cake that says "thanks for everything Beth." BUT on the way there Katy was like "guys I have something to tell you." we're like what? and she's like I'M GOING TO ECUADOR. COOOOL dirty liar!!!! "But we're also SUPER happy for you."

So we go to Beth's and eat the cake (she doesn't but we do) and talk and practically beg to hear our countries and she told us all that we interviewed really well but I was the second best interviewer and the first girl went to Argentina so by using deductive reasoning I am going to Belgium :) But they haven't called me.

So while we were at Beth's house Mexico, Argentina, and BELGIUM were there and they started hot tubbing so we hot tubbed with them for a while and talked about the awesome parties they have and clubbing and what not :) Then we went home and talked for a LONG time and made a lot of plans for an awesome exchange even though they're splitting us up and putting us on two different continents. It was a very fun night. Katy, you're awesome.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

oh mmmm geeeee :)

Today is one of the coolest days of my life so far. Hands down. We got to LCCC at 7:45 for blazer fitting and sign in and then we went to a "country fair" where we talked to people from all the different countries rotary had represented in our district, 5440. All the boys showed up late except Arthur haha :) The girl from France was probably the cutest thing I've ever met in my life. Haemish was totally in love with her. SO cute :) So I went and talked to people from France, Belgium, India, Taiwan, Czech Republic, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Turkey, Brazil, Argentina, Italy, Australia, Germany, and probably more. It was fascinating!

So after that we had to do interviews with our parents and two other groups. We were interviewed by 5 different rotarians and inbound students asked us questions too. Katy was in my group along with a girl named Hunter and it was so hard to answer in a way that the other two hadn't! So after that we went to other inbound students and they asked us less intense questions. In the first interview, they asked us what we would do if our younger host brother was looking at porn on a shared computer and the host parents were worried it was us. Um....? The second interview asked us when the last time we laughed so hard we cried was. I liked the second interview better :) We also had to have a psych evaluation. It was so hard! The girl was so intense and was psychoanalyzing me and asking me questions I'd never even thought about in my entire life. And she could totally tell if you lied :( It. Was. So. Frightening. After that we turned in our final countries choices (1-Belgium. 2-Denmark. 3-Czech Republic later changed to France.)

All the rotarians had to stay during lunch to decide where we go so the families had to take out the inbounds. I told Haemish, Bernice(french girl), and Arthur they should go with us to the Pie Lady and then more and more people didn't have anyone to go with so we just took them with us too! Katy, Morgan, and Abby took some to meet us at there so there was about 6 outbounds and 12 inbounds at my table and 8 of our parents at the other table.  COOLEST LUNCH I'VE EVER BEEN TO. There were people from Taiwan, Turkey, Brazil, France, Australia, Denmark, Czech Republic, Italy, and I don't even know who else. We talked about so much and laughed so much. We decided that even though Haemish has been here the longest and speaks English anyways, he was the hardest to understand :) Gosh. So fun.

So then we go back to LCCC and wait for them to tell us what's going on. And we wait. Andddd we wait. So like 45 minutes after we got back they call out Morgan and tell the rest of us we can go and they'll call us tonight or tomorrow and let us know. When they called out Morgan they asked her if she wanted Mexico, Brazil, or Argentina and she had to pick one of them for some reason so she picked Brazil. So Morgan is like the only who knows and I'm so anxious!!!! Libby was there and helped pick who went where and I asked here when I would find out and she said I got one of my top two choices. So I'm either going to DENMARK!!!!!!!!!! or BELGIUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Either way, life is good :)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

4 days :) :)

I find out where I'm going in 4 days! I'm SO excited. So Arthur is officially moved in and its so much fun so far. We took him to the nuggets game the night before he moved in and we got a picture with Rocky :) He took me to a Rotary meeting today and introduced me to a lot of people and Haemish talked about his experience here. He leaves on January 14th. I can't believe his year is already over!

Soooo Saturday will be a super busy day. All the outbounds and inbounds from around Wyoming meet at LCCC and interview. We meet and 7:45 and get fitted for our rotary blazers and then we get interviewed for a long time with our parents and then we get interviewed without our parents and they get interviewed without us and then we go to a "country fair". Someone from Belgium that lives in Buffalo will be there and I really want to talk to him. And then we finalize our three choices and find out where we are going that night!

After we all find out where we'll be spending the next year of our lives(!!) all the outbounds (Katy, Morgan, and Abby) are coming over and spending the night and it will be lots and lots of fun :)

Arthur and me with Rocky
And Tanner Arthur and I at the Nuggets game :)

Saturday, November 6, 2010

French letter!


Je m’appelle Mackenzie, ou Kenzie. J’ai 17 ans, et mon anniversaire est le 14 Septembre 1993. Ma mère s’appelle Ann, et mon père est Clay. J’ai une soeur, Murphy, et elle a 18 ans. Je suis en terminale au lycée “East.” J’ai 2 chiens and 2 chats.

Je suis une pom-pom girl, et je suis des cours pour les affaires et le business. En été, j’aime nager, faire du ski nautique, faire du wakeboard, et faire du camping. En hiver, j’aime faire du ski et faire de la moto des neiges. En général, j’aime lire, cuisiner, dormir, parler avec mes amis, et jouer aux jeux de société.

J’habite à Cheyenne dans le Wyoming. Il y a environ 60,000 habitants, et 2 lycées. Au lycée, je suis 7 classes : Français 4, anglais approfondi, les sciences, les maths, et la psychologie. Il y a 1450 étudiants dan mon école. Nous allons à l’école de 7 heures à  14 heures 45.

J’ai voyagé en Europe avec ma famille quand j’avais 15 ans. Nous sommes allés à Londre, Paris, Lucerne, Venise, Florence, et à Rome. C’était fantastique! Quand j’avais 16 ans, j’ai voyagé en France avec mon école. J’ai voyagé à Mexico quand j’avais 12 ans, et j’ai voyagé dans toute l’Amérique avec ma famille chaque été.

Ma mère est une prof dans mon lycée, et mon père est un ingénieur. Ma sœur est une étudiante a l’Université du Wyoming à Laramie.

J’adore la nourriture Italienne, mais je n’aime pas beaucoup la nourriture épicée. J’adore aussi la nourriture du petit déjeuner, le chocolat, et les fruits. J’aime faire de l’exercice et j’adore regarder et jouer à différents sports.

Merci beaucoup pour me recevoir chez vous. A bientôt!

Mackenzie Muirhead

The beginning of my adventures!

Hey!! So as my about me section tells you, I'm doing foreign exchange next year! I can't wait! I leave in August and come back in June. However, I don't know where I'm going yet...Rotary tells me in December. So let's start at the beginning of this adventure, shall we? My sister's friend Kelley did an exchange to Chile last year. She jokingly told me that I should do one. I never actually thought I would. I asked my parents, and when they didn't say no, I started to research it.
The rotary outbound program in my town is prestigious, and they only send two people per year. I decided I was going to apply in June, and I thought about it allllllll summer. In September, an announcement went out about an informational meeting. Beth Vandewege (my outbound coordinator) told me normally 15-20 people apply. There were 17 students at the meeting. We had to turn in a basic application, and then we were told if we received an interview. They interviewed 7 students, including me. I was interviewed by Beth, Anne (who is taking Beth's place next year), Arthur (exchange student from Taiwan), Haemish (exchange student from Australia), and three other rotary members. They called me the next day and told me that I was accepted :) :) :) Myself and one other girl, Katy Wells, are going with Cheyenne. Morgan Krakow and Abby Lane were also accepted, but they are going with cities in/around Wyoming that had no applicants.
We were all given a huge packet that enabled us to obtain a student visa, and this packet will also be sent to our future host families, our embassy, and our sponsoring district. We had to get a doctors and dentists permission to be away from the U.S. and U.S. medicine for a year, three recommendation letters, a parent letter, the principals approval, a teacher recommendation, AND we all had to write a letter in English to our host families and one in the language of the country we hoped to go to. It was quite a process. I'll link my French letter to this page (if I can find out how!!) :).
Now that we've all turned our application in, we just have to wait for one more interview on December 4th. That is the day we find out where we are going. It's at LCCC, and we have a country fair where all the inbounds try and get us to come to their country (its literally an exchange program, where for every person that leaves our district, another comes in from whatever country we are sent to. They want us to go to their country so more of them can come to America). We have a sheet of paper that asks for our top three country choices. My first choice is Belgium, second Denmark, and third Brazil, but these are expected to change after the fair.  We are also interviewed by rotary members, host parents, and past and present exchange students. Based on how they judge us, the highest ranked get their first country, next get their second, and third get their third country. I think this is how it works. Its all a little fuzzy, but Beth explained something like that to us! There is also a mandatory orientation weekend in Douglas on April 15-17th, and if you don't go to the interview or orientation, you have absolutely no chance of leaving. Unluckily for me, this orientation two hours away is over prom night, which is the 16th. But I figure I can always go to Centrals prom :)
It's also recommended that if Rotary sends you, you should receive a host sibling. You stay with 3 families while abroad, and each stay last 3-4 months. Sooo, after Thanksgiving, little Arthur is going to come stay with me! He's 15 and does IB at East. Apparently he is quite the genius. It'll be weird having a brother. The closest thing I've ever had was Tanner, and he was such a brat :) The other 3 girls and I are going out to lunch on Wednesday, but there isn't much rotary stuff to do until the December interview. Sorry about the novel :) Byeeeeeee!!!