Without the scarf...
Looking back at High School, I didn't really have a bad time, though I was awkward and shy and not one of the pretty, popular girls. I certainly came into my own towards the end of those years though and really couldn't be bothered with the clicks that came along with High School life.
In my 6th form year (or second to last year of high school) I went to America for a year and lived in Stockton, California. Everyone asked me why on earth I chose to go to Stockton and the truth was, I didn't, thats just where my host family happened to be and I loved it.
My Mum had always encouraged my sister and I to go on an exchange, and in about the middle of 5th form I decided I was bored and wanted to go somewhere new for a year and so to America it was.
I left in January, after the September 11 attacks, and even the airport was a scary place after that. I landed in LA and while waiting for my connecting flight saw big groups of buff men walking around in their army gear with massive guns - I think that was the first time I had ever actually seen a gun in real life.
My first day of school, I stood out like a sore thumb in terms of my accent and not really knowing what on earth was going on - I looked like a tourist with my school map trying to figure out where on earth I was going before I ended up getting there late. I also remember being asked the strangest questions about NZ - does it have a bridge connecting it to Australia? Can Kangaroos swim? Do you live in little mud huts? All the answers to those questions are no, except that we don't have kangroos in NZ, though I still suspect no.
After I returned, I did my last year of High school before escaping again and coming down to Dunedin to get my Bachelors degree. I'm still here, with a finished degree and 2 1/2 years working full time organising events.
Next year is a mystery because David is currently researching places to go to get his PHD and hopefully a scholarship to go along with that (He has nearly completed his Fulbright papers, so I could potentially end up back in America). I'm quite excited by the fact that I don't know whats happening - I get to go somewhere new, do something new and meet lots of new people while I'm at it.
I'll keep you up to date as things progress!!