Hi karlie I want to do this program so badly I don't think there are even words to describe it. I love everything about germany and it's culture. Can you tell a little about the application and interview process? Also did your school easily accept your germany school credits and how hard was it taking classes in german? Sorry for all the questions-chelsea

The application and interview are no biggy. Everything is pretty much about getting to know you. Be truthful, be yourself, showcase your best qualities and take a deep breath. There are short essays in the application and the interview questions are similar to the essay questions. 

I withdrew from school in the US before I left and I’m reregistering soon. My credits aren’t settled yet but we’re working on it. I had to leave before my school year was done in Germany so they are going to send me my transcript soon and then my school is going to sort out what classes I took and what credits I’m qualified for and try to translate it into an American manuscript form. 

In the beginning it was tough to keep up in school. I decided to just take whatever papers they gave me and spend my time translating rather than doing the work. I took most of the tests but just saw it as practice for my German. Over time your German will improve and you’ll catch on and after January it gets easier really fast.


I'll be an exchange student in Germany this year and your blog is just perfect, gives all the answers to my questions.... But please please please answer this one: how do you do your personal care? (Like shaving) because it hunts me please answer... Do you tell your host mother or something? Thank you so much.

Personal hygiene is no different over there. It pretty common for girls to shave and stuff and people shower almost everyday. Sometimes you’re given a sample questionnaire of things that would be good to ask you host family (like if you can use the family supply of things or you buy it yourself). I really recommend asking your host mom about it before you panic about finding the nearest store. You might find yourself out and about in town more than you would on a typical day in the US. I used that time to stock up on my products. 

Don’t stress about it! It’s actually pretty easy.

Home :)

I’ve been home 2 weeks now. My immune system is pretty weak, to the point where I caught a virus and am still suffering from a fever. But it’s alright.

It feels like the past 10 months have been a dream, and it’s pretty weird.

When I got back, it took a bit to get used to hearing English everywhere. Light switches and door knobs felt weird. Air conditioning was overwhelming. A lot of little things were odd to me.

But yeah. I’m home. Life is back to normal. (kind of)







In Germany we don’t say “I don’t care” we say “Das ist mir Wurst” which roughly translates as “This is sausage to me” I think that’s beautiful.

no you don’t understand we actually do say that

i crashed my car into a bridge


We also say “That’s not my beer” for “That’s none of my buisness” and I think that’s beautiful

is germany even real



Hey Karlie, what would you recommend I pack for my exchange and what should I write to my host family in my first email?

Hmmm packing is always an issue. Clothes of course. Pictures and such are nice to have. A camera of course. 

I can’t really give you many specifics. 

Try this strategy out: pick out everything you want to take with you. Now, go through that all and take only HALF of it. (Except for maybe underwear and stuff, its good to have extras lol.)

As for the first email, say hello and introduce yourself! and express your excitement to come and explain what you’re doing to get ready. Give them a little insight of what you plan to do that day and they’ll tell you about theirs and you’ll get an idea of what’s ahead of you.

Hi, I'm thinking about applying for CBYX next year which would send me for a year before I go to college. This will be my fourth year of learning German in school, and I love it so much. Do you think I should apply if it will interfere with college?

I sort of have a problem with the way our education system affects us. (Warning, personal subjective opinion ahead!)

We are brought up where our lives revolve around school. It becomes our world. Then we read the mission statements of schools and there is always something that has to do with a “culturally rich environment” “diversity” “create contributing members of society” or “being a part of the community”. But once someone actually wants go go out into our global communities, learn culture, become diverse and such, we are confronted with people who sit us down and scare us away from these outrageous thoughts. You are putting your education at risk! You are one of the best in this school, that name on the principal’s list is going to be gone forever! You already have everything planned out perfectly! You’ve got everything going for you! YOU CAN NEVER LEAVE!

We’ve gotten used to being stuck with this never ending pressure to put pen and paper education at the top of our list. School, school, school. But there’s other types of education out there. You probably have noticed how a lot of people in the US feel towards a “gap year”.  It’s like taboo. How DARE I put off college for a year?! That’s just lazy! If you do it, you’ll never want to go to college ever! Yet, in other countries, teenagers are in a lot of cases ENCOURAGED to take a year off after high school and go abroad. It’s considered good and EDUCATIONAL!

Why don’t we have the same mindset? 

I don’t know. But we should change it.

You go apply for that scholarship. Take a year off and have the best time of your life. Make mistakes. Grow from them. Try something new. Learn a new language. Make life long friends. Make temporary friends. Tell your stories. Listen to their stories. Create connections. Learn about things. Learn about yourself. Become a part of the world and not just a spectator.

Put off a year of college. It’s going to be ok. 

Seriously. Do it. No college can teach you any of the things you learn in a year abroad.