After having neglected this blog for too long

I’ve been neglecting this blog for too long now. My excuse is: I’ve been busy (and you could say: who isn’t?!? You presumptious girl).
Well you would be right, but that’s my honest excuse. The last months in the US took all my time and I’m glad about it. I had the Prom, I attended a Gala, I learned to dance the waltz, I went to a Bastille’s concert and to Washington. I mean, big times.

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And oh, the finals at school. I thought that US History was going to be the death for me. But geez if I was wrong. The English one was worse. Henry David Thoreau, why and I mean why you had to write in such a complicated way?!?

These exchange semester, changed (sorry for the pun) me a lot, and being home wasn’t easy for the first few weeks; I felt disoriented and overwelmed, because I grew up and now I have things that characterize me from both Italy and the US and I need to learn to live with it.

Speaking about the US, I miss my host family and my friends. I miss speaking that beautiful languiate that is English 24/7, I miss Lifetime and OWN.
I miss my iced mocha at Starbucks.

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I miss gospel songs at the church on Sunday morning. I miss having a bedroom and a bathroom all for myself, I miss the quiet and I miss being independent. I miss SALESSSSS!

But as Italian, I still love coffee and having breakfast with a cappuccino and a croissant.

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I still love Nutella. I still love having the beach fifteen minuts away from my house, sharing the bedroom with my sister and the loudness of my family. I still love my scooter and that I can go places walking. I still love the beautiful colors we have.

What’s New is that I learned to love my country more and that it’s part of who I am.

I have beautiful projects for myself and my future. And for this blog, of course. No more neglecting!

I will post a lot of picture about the US that I hope you will enjoy.
Also I want this to be a fashion blog besides a life blog, since it’s my dream to work in fashion communication.
It’s the right time to show the tons of things I bought in the US!

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Love,

Giulia ❤️

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“Esse quam videri”

Heeeeello everyone!

I am a really bad person, I know.

But from this past November to pretty much yesterday I had tests and oral tests almost EVERY DAY. These months should be called ‘hell‘. I don’t now how, but I’m still alive!

This is the last week of school before the Christmas holidays break and, for me, is the last week of school in my country untill the next September!

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[photo (taken from tumblr) that shows how I spent my afternoon in this past two months]

As you may know from my previous post, I will be an exchange student; I’m going to U.S.A from January to June (hooraaayy).

As you may not know – no okay, as you certainly not know – at the beginning of November I came to know the State in which I’m going to live for the next six months! (Huge HOORAYYYY)

And the State is…….:

*drums roll*

North Carolina!

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I have seen (thanks Google Earth!) the town where I’m going to live and it’s really lovely! And I also have seen the school where I’m going to study and it is beautiful and maybe four time larger than my current school.

My host family seems so nice to me and yestarday I received the first email from my host mum. She seems really kind and when, in the email, she wrote that she has told all of her friends and relatives that I will be there, I was so touched.

I will arrive in the US on January the 18th or 19th.

My relatives this past Saturday organised me a surprise party. They did a big banner that said:SURPRISE! You didn’t expect this, did you?!”

They showed me a video with all my photos, from when I was a baby, a little girl to the girl I am now. In this video there were also some message that they had recorded for me. In the background there was the song “Girl on fire” covered by Naya Rivera on Glee.

Needless to say I was a sort of fountain for how much I cried. Love them endlessly.

This is the spectacular and so delicious cake:

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And this is the breathless present they gave me (to, exact words from the note: do the VIP in the US!):

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So I guess the countdown begins!

If anyone wants to recommend me some particular beautiful place in North Carolina that should absolutely be visited or wants to give me some information about NC, I would be really happy about it!

I leave you with the beautiful, in my opinion, motto of the State of North Carolina:

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It’s important to have dreams big enough not to lose sight when we pursue them. Oscar Wilde

I wrote this first on Facebook and because I liked it I thought I’d post it here, too!

I wanted to post this two days ago, but of course I didn’t have time (damn school).

Anyway just pretend to read this like it’s the 30th of October and everything should be okay.. (?)

It was half past three p.m on August 30th and I was doing the suffering subject that is mathematics. The day before I had been in Milan to do the English test that would have decided my admission to the program to study in the United States; I put so much concentration in it that I thought my mind was going to explode and that I was going to be (almost!) disgusted by English from now on. Before I left, they told me that I would have known the test result in a week. Instead the result arrived the day after (from which today [remember that I wanted to post this on October the 30th] has passed exactly two months); my mom nonchalantly put on my maths notebook (where I was solving a damn problem about the ellipse) the Ipad opened to the email in which it was written that I made it.

Goodmorning

We are happy to inform you that Giulia has successfully passed the admission test for the school semester in the United States.

I cried not only for several hours, but every time I communicated the news to someone so that she/him could share that joy with me.

Then I started to think that if someone had told me that I would have gone to the USA eight months ago, when the email that arrived was completely different and disappointing, I would never have believed it.

But most of all, I thought that Oscar Wilde was right:

It’s important to have dreams big enough not to lose sight when we pursue them.

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Back with news!

Ooookay, yes I know. It’s been a lot since my last post and I’m really sorry about it!

But this is because a lot of things happened and school has started. But I apologise again! (to any form of life who happened to read my posts)

Anyway here are the news!

It’s unbelievable and terrific at the same time how things can happen and change so fast in a matter of time.
No more than almost eight months ago my dream to go to the United States, to attend a school year, broke.
When, on that 31 March, I received the email that would have decide if next year I would have been on the other side of the world, I didn’t have the courage to read it. Indeed, I let that my mother opened and read it. Her face didn’t show happiness, but I thought it was because she didn’t want to shine through nothing.

I was wrong.

After a moment I read the email and it said that I hadn’t been taken to go to the U.S.A
I stared at my computer screen I don’t know for how long and then I let my tears fall.

I did a looot of thing to make it: a psychological test, an English test, various talks, compiled a huge dossier. All as had been requested.
I knew that most guys would have choosen the United States, like me, to go to spend a year abroad. And I also knew that there was an high possibility I would’t have been chosen.

But, you know when you want a thing more than anything else and you just want to stay positive and think that your dream will come true? I only was able to think in that way and not that I could have been rejected.
I was really sad for a little while.

Anyway! Since this makes me really sad and it’s not one of my ‘best memory of all time!!! yaaay’, I’m going to write the good news, that’s basically what this post should be about!

While I was in London, the magic happened.
The agency that organized my study holiday sent an email to my parents, that said that were online the notice and demand for quarters, semesters and years of school attendance abroad.
BUT! Only the first one hundred to enroll would have had the possibility to do that experience.
So my parents enrolled me: if I would have been accepted they would have told me it, otherwise it would have been like nothing had happened.
Guess what?!
When, at the end of July, my parents were losing their hope, the email arrived: I was provisionally admitted to participate at the program.
The same day, while we were having dinner, (and I was thinking about anything else but that), they let me read the email.
Saying that it was an unexpected thing would be an understatement.
I was shocked: by now I was used to the idea that I wouldn’t have gone anywhere.
And, to be honest, I don’t know what I was really feeling. Of course I was happy, but there was a part of me who thought that I was being selfish and I had been selfish during the year. I just wanted to realize my dream and I didn’t think about the feelings of the people I love. For example that I wouldn’t have been there for my sister and my brother if they would have needed me, I wouldn’t have been there to share with my family and my friends good and bad moments.

But I know dreams have a price. You have to make decisions and you can’t have or do anything you want.

So, I decided to try again.

I had to take an English test on the 29th of August. And the next day I received an email that said that I had passed it with flying colors. This time, reading an email, brought tears of pure joy in my eyes.

I had to fill in an application online, fill in a lot of papers, write letters and do a lot of other things.

But this time it was all really worth it.

Because…..

I’m going to the U.S.A for six month, from January to June!

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I’m a future exchange student!

I’m so happy, excited, scared and a lot of other things I can’t quite place.

It seems that this blog is going to include my future adventures in the U.S.A!

Thank you to all of you who are going to read this post, I promise I will write more often!

Love, Giulia.

(Hope I didn’t make too much mistakes!)