On 5th August, we left Japan for Los Angeles. At that time, I couldn’t image what UCLA is like. After we arrived at UCLA, I had lunch at a burger shop. But, I made a mistake there. I couldn’t understand what the clerk said, so I said “OK.” Finally, I bought a hamburger and large size Coca-Cola although I don’t like Coca-Cola very much. The mistake became my good motivation of learning how to communicate with people. I don’t want to do it again, so I decided to challenge communication with UCLA students. After the orientation, we could have dinner between 5 and 8 P.M. But I couldn’t have dinner because I slept during our dinner time. So I ate potato chips that I bought at the airport, but it wasn’t food! It was salt!! When I am writing this essay, I am feeling so hungry. Tomorrow, I want to get Tauros in Pokemon Go!!! (T.I. H2)
The day 8/5 was full of the memories of mine. This was nearly the first time to go abroad for me. And I didn’t remember how to get on an airplane because I was a child at that time. When the airplane which we got on began to move, I was so excited. I will never forget that my heart was beating. After arrived at Los Angeles airport, we went to UCLA. As soon as we reached the dormitories in UCLA, I had lunch with my friends, Yoshiki, Lei, Taichiro. We decided to eat hamburgers, but I couldn’t speak English clearly and listened to the clerk’s explanation correctly. So I regretted showing my shameful behavior. I wanted to speak more; therefore I decided to study English harder. By the way, the hamburger was very big. As a result, I didn’t want to eat dinner. I was surprised at the big hamburger. But, when I began to fall in sleep, Yoshiki said to me that he wanted to go to eat with me at the cafeteria. The cafeteria was so beautiful for high school students to enter and relax. Its system was buffet. There were a lot of dishes including soft drinks, ice creams, and chocolate cakes. I like sweet desserts. I felt this cafeteria was heaven. I remembered today’s orientation that Ms.Younji gave to us. She was a really kind person. During the orientation, we introduced ourselves at first. Mr. Kobayashi recommended a movie, “Identity”. It seemed to be interesting. Maybe I’m going to watch the movie. After that, we played a game like a broken telephone. We had a nice time. The day was only the first day of this program. But I was really moved by the day. I won’t forget this day. (T.T. H2)
Monday 6th August
Today, I went Matthew Flinders Anglican College for the first day of lessons.
First, we gathered in the library and learned about the Australian culture and rules. Though I didn’t get any new information, it was fun.
Second, we had “morning tea” time. There is no time like that in Japan. It is a short break time in the morning when you can have a snack. We had a good time.
Third, we went to the school farm. There, there were chickens, ducks, sheep and one emu. The most interesting thing was feeding the sheep. There were many mandarin trees so we could pick some fruit and feed them that.
Finally, Clare (the homestay program director) drove home me to my homestay house via the supermarket. She bought a lot of food for tomorrow’s cooking class.
It was a great day.
K.T (H1 Boy)
Monday 6th August
Today, I went to the farm at Matthew Flinders. There, I saw chickens, sheep and an emu for the first time. I was very surprised because the emu was very tall and can run very fast. I picked up and held a chicken. I don’t like animals so much but the chicken was quiet, so I could pick it up and take a photo. It was a lot of fun.
After school, we went to the supermarket. It was so big and we could buy lots of things. Tonight, we cooked inari for dinner with Paige and Rennay. They knew inari so we could cook together. We are going to eat inari for lunch tomorrow, so I hope it tastes good.
R.H (H1 Girl)