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Emelie - New York (2015)

Emelies NYC-äventyr

Den 20 september drar jag ensam till New York, med en engelska jag känner mig minst sagt obekväm med.
Målet är att äntligen bli bra på engelska, tänja trygghetszonen och bli ännu starkare i mig själv.

Under tre månader ska jag studera på EF:s skola i Tarrytown och bo i ett rum tillsammans med andra, vilket är långt ifrån det liv som jag lever hemma i Göteborg med make och två katter.

Välkomna att följa min resa!

I’m leaving New York

Reflektioner Posted on Tue, November 03, 2015 13:35:15

Ok, I have to tell you that I’m going home. I’m sad of course. I’m not done and finished here but I’m also glad that I can solve the situation at home and become a help for my husband. If I had an internship and the school was better then maybe we could solve the situation in another way, but now it works for me to come home again.

I’m proud over myself and I’m so happy for this weeks. This weeks’ experience and adventure gave me so much! It feels great to do things you want to do but you’re in the same way scared about. Now I’m feeling more free than before. I’m able to shape my life just like I want.

In the introduction to this blog you can read that my goal with this trip was to be good in english, stretch my comfort zone and be stronger in myself. I have actually achieved my goal in this weeks, even if I didn’t finished my studies.

My last photo in NY:
Winfred, my classmate, and me. I had really interesting conversations and discussions with Winfred, he is so smart. Winfred is from China, a big city close to Hong Kong.

Positive review:

– All people I have met: Sophie, Winfred, Anastasie, Jessy, Paola, Tim, Taishi, Tan-Tan, Noemi, Ophelie, Ayleen, Noelia, Javier and others. People from all over the world.

– New York! It’s perfect to have a lot of time to explore the city. I’m feel at home here.

– I have improved my english and become more comfortable to speak english, express myself and say things before I know how I can explain it in english – I just saying it.

– I’m able to joke in english and have fun and short conversations with the staff when I’m shopping. In this way I’m also feel more free, before I stopped myself as soon as I heard someone speak english and became nervous. I hated to speak english before, especially in Sweden, because it was embarrassing to let other people know how bad I was, but now it’s fun to speak even if I don’t speak perfect!

– Every day this trip I have speak so much english – and now it feels strange to speak Swedish. Haha.

– Interviews in english is always a good experience.

– I know that I can and that I am strong enough to do a travel like this alone.

– Of course I missed Sebastian, but I could handle it in a really good way and it’s good to know. The weeks passed so fast.

Negative review:

– EF had a lot of time (since july) to find an internship to me, but couldn’t. I chose EF because of the possibility to have an internship and make my resume sharper – but they couldn’t do what they promised. I’m dissapointed!

– EF NYC is too far away from Manhattan and it’s expensive to take the train.

– The classes was sometimes boring and when it was like that I didn’t felt motivation. I mean when it’s too much grammar and our teacher in the same time say that we don’t need to focus in grammar it feels weird. I prefer to learn grammar in funnier ways.

– It was too many younger people at school and it felt like to live in a high school. Even if I look young I’m not 20 in my brain.

– The students prefer to be social with people who speak the same language.

– The computer system and communication wasn’t good at all in school. Like the first day then I got the same bed like someone els and when EF-activities didn’t start but no one told us – twise! And then I the first week got information that I have to leave my room and that a new student will move in the room – but I was both. Staff knocked at the door and asked if I had moved and so on. It was confusing and annoying.

– The experience was better than the school. I really enjoy adventure and need more adventure during my weekdays at home too.

And New York – you have to know that we are back soon and that you will become our home in the future. Because we love you!

Waiting for my love

Reflektioner Posted on Tue, October 20, 2015 02:54:02

This week is one of the best here. The reason is that Sebastian arrives here on Friday. It’s nice to know that I have our 10 days together to look forward in a really close future. It will be so fun to enjoy NYC together with Sebastian and also move to Manhattan for a week. I have still classes here in Tarrytown and some days I have to go back to school, but it’s fine because Sebastian need to work some hours as well.

Oh I have waited for this week and now it’s soon Friday! I remember the last weekend Sebastian visits me and how sad I was to be without him when he left, because we had four weeks without each other. This is the longest time we have been away from each other since we met 02/25/2011. Thank God for FaceTime! (Or Apple?)

And now – 4 days left!


Reflektioner Posted on Fri, October 16, 2015 02:15:56

Before my trip I thought it would be hard to share room with other people, as I don’t know. But know, I think it’s opposite. Without my roommates I think I maybe had feel loneliness. It’s good for me to have people in the room to speak with or only have in the room and feel that I’m not is alone.

The difficult is that I never can choose to be alone here when I want it. Sometimes I’m alone in the room or in some corner in school, but suddenly it can changes and I never know when. But I prefer to have roommates in this situation anyway.

Maybe you want to know the test result, as I said that I will know today. Me too. I wait for the result and maybe get it tomorrow.

1/4 – done!

Reflektioner Posted on Tue, October 13, 2015 01:05:56

Now I have done 1/4 of my time in New York. The time goes really fast here. I’m so glad to take this step and to enjoy and experience this adventure. I can notice some improve in my english skills but the biggest change is that I’m more comfortable to speak now. And I now that other people understand me even then I’m not always use correct tense, grammar and I can’t every word I want to use – but I can handle it and describe what I want to say in another way instead for to not speak at all. But the trip is so much more than my english skills – it’s an useful investment in myself.

I enjoy the time here and feel that New York is a city I, together with Sebastian, want to live in for some years of my life, not yet, but in some couple of years. The best here at school is all the people I’ve met. Already I have so much experience and knowledge from this trip and I know that I never will regret that I left Sweden for three months. But I know as well, that it helps me a lot that Sebastian visit me three time in US. Now I can focus at the next 1,5 week until he visit me next time instead for the next 10 weeks.

A photo at me and a pisco sour from the last Friday evening. We ate a peruvian dinner because my friend and classmate from Peru was leaving last Saturday.

OK. Picture at food it’s not the best. But I was eating Ceviche, a seafood dish popular in Peru.
At Pio Pio, Upper West Side, NYC.


Reflektioner Posted on Fri, October 09, 2015 05:17:44

This week’s topic is leadership. Today we did a MBTI-test at this website: It wasn’t the first time for me, because we used the test when I worked in Lund.

I didn’t got the same result today like I got for 3 years ago, but I think it’s mostly depends on language and not a change in my personality. But the thing is that I today got the letters ENFP (instead for ENFJ as before) and I think this description was a little bit fun: “ENFPs can be the warmest, kindest, and most sympathetic of mates; affectionate, demonstrative, and spontaneous. Many in relationships with an ENFP literally say, “They light up my life.” But there is usually a trade-off: the partner must be willing to deal with the practical and financial aspects of the relationship, and the ENFP must be allowed the freedom to follow their latest path, whatever that entails.” Both because of this travel, but also because Sebastian always says that I’m his sun.

Few comments

Reflektioner Posted on Wed, October 07, 2015 05:05:00

Hi everybody!

I hope everything is well in Sweden/Spain/Malta?

I have understand that it’s a lot of people who is reading this blog and of course I’m curious – Who are reading? What do you want to read more about? Is there anything I forgot to write about (or show photo on) but you want to know?

Up and down

Reflektioner Posted on Wed, October 07, 2015 04:28:27

Today I woke up and felt a huge missing of Sebastian and home, bigger than normal. The class wasn’t fun today as well, depend on the feeling from the morning I think. Somedays I’m so happy about the improve I do in the english language every day – I’m comfortable to speak, have a more fluent speaking and remember word I want to use. But days like this I think that I haven’t improve something at all and it’s better to go home again.

It’s important both to remember the days I’m satisfied, but also to think about that I only have been here for 2,5 weeks. It’s actually nothing when it comes to improve something you want to improve on. I need to work harder for a longer time to see a change – and it’s why I’m here. And even if I someday feel that I don’t get the appreciation that I need – and sometimes the opposite from the teacher here – I know that my low self-confidence in english mostly depend on another teacher from elementary school. I will never again allow that a teacher’s negative comments affect me.

Tomorrow it’s time to visit Central Park and rent bikes with this people. Fun! The weather will be really great.

Feeling like home

Reflektioner Posted on Sat, October 03, 2015 04:39:12

The days go really fast here, I have create my routines and it feels like I have been here for a long time and not only two weeks. I miss home a lot, but in the same way it feel like home here too. I wake up in the morning (always late because my first lesson start at 10), takes my shower, go to the breakfast and then there I meet someone I know, it’s different who I’m eat breakfast with, but it’s almost impossible to eat the breakfast at your own. This morning I think that it was a good idé to eat breakfast with Sebastian (FaceTime!), but within 3 minutes I have 2 friends around my table. It feels really good actually.

The best thing today was though that I’m almost felt that I was in my oldest brother’s home when we talked in FaceTime. And one hour later I’m felt that I was in my between (?) brother’s home. It gives so much more to see each other. I love FaceTime!

A picture from my second day, when we (the new students) were at Manhattan for the Welcome Tour.

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