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Maddison (Maddy) Wilson – Germany

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Name: Maddison (Maddy) Wilson

Host Country: Germany

Host District: 1841

Host Club: Kempton-Residenz

Sponsor Club: Reynoldsburg/Pickerington

School: Pickerington High School North

Hallo! Ich heiße Maddy und ich bin 17 Jahre alt! Hello, my name is Maddy and I’m 17 years old! I will be going to Kempten, Germany for the 2016-2017 school year. I feel so lucky to be one of the recipients of the Long Term Scholarship! With all the violence going on in the world I hope my exchange will spread peace, love, and happiness. Also, I would like to make life lasting friendships and have the best cultural experience I can. Here in the USA I live in Pickerigton, Ohio where I go to Pickerington North High School. School, music, and animals are my main passions. More specifically I have played the violin for 6 almost 7 years now and I plan to take it with me abroad. I love all animals, yes even snakes. I might even develop new passions in my year in Germany! Who knows? I’m so excited to dive deep into the southern German culture and increase my language acquisition! I have taken 3 years of German in high school but I have a lot to learn. I want to thank District 6690 and my Reynoldsburg/ Pickerington Rotary Club for letting me have this incredible opportunity! And I’d also like to thank Kempten-Residenz Rotary Club for hosting me. I wish to effect everyone I meet in a positive way. Tschüss!
Danke, Maddison Wilson


October 1

Hallo (Hello), this is Maddison Wilson your outbound for 2016-2017. I have currently been in Kempten, Germany for 24 days now. Thank you so much for supporting me and sponsoring me to experience being an exchange student. I can tell you that this past month is one of the best months in my whole life. I have done so much travelling, eating, and exploring Kempten for these past weeks. After 3 days of being here my host mother and I went on a hike in the mountains and watched the traditional moving of the cows from the top of the mountains to the bottom where the barns are. We had to get up at 2:30a.m. since we had to drive there then walk for 1 hour and a half to get to the cows. The Bavarian cows are used for their milk. Bavaria is known for their cheese and everyone here says that they have the best cheese in the world! I would have never been able to experience that or anything that I have done here if I were still in Ohio. It’s so interesting seeing the differences and similarities between Ohio and Southern Germany (the region I live in is Allgaeu). The biggest similarity is the weather and they also have buckeye trees here. And of course the biggest difference is the culture and language. Adjusting to this new culture was difficult at first but in the end of the day I’m having such a great time learning and adapting. The language is a little difficult but every day I’m learning more and more. My host family is great and school is also going great, I have made so many friends from school. I am just having such a great time here and loving every moment.


January 1

Hello! I hope everyone had great holidays season. Well I had a really interesting culture experience that you cant just read from a book or watch on T.V . I celebrated “Weihnacht” or Christmas which was really amazing with so much joy and love in the air. I was so busy this month I didn’t really have time to have home sickness which was really great. We actually celebrated Christmas on the 24th which is traditional and normal for the German culture but in the U.S its on the 25th. It was nice opening presents a day earlier haha I was even sent presents from my mom in Ohio!
My friends Mechas(Columbia) and Andy(Mexico).


Breakfast with my host family on Christmas day the 24th.
maddy-janpic3Traditional Christmas cookies.
Christmas tree!! And its real 🙂
Dinner with my family.
Hike in the mountains
Out with friends having a good time.
January 1, 2017
Happy New Year to everyone!!!!This has been a very relaxed month for me, but of course a “relaxed” month is still filled with fun adventures. I even got the chance to be a ski teacher for beginner children! Which was a really fun experience and I would do it again in a heartbeat. I also skied in Austria, its only a 30 min car ride away. This month I also went to a basketball game, where my friend plays on the team.
I’m not sure if I have talked about this before but I’ve been working hard applying to colleges, and I was excepted into Lake Erie College. Now I just need to send some more paperwork to the University of Findlay and the University of Kentucky. And currently I’m trying to work on scholarship applications which is a bit difficult being in Germany and my mind is in German most of the time. But, I’m figuring it out and hopefully all my hard work will pay off in the end.
March 1
Hello, it’s me Maddison back to update you on another wonderful month of exchange. This month was very fun and exciting because its “Faschings” in English “Carnival”. In my family in Ohio we never celebrated Carnival but here almost everyone celebrates this holiday. Where everyone dresses up in costumes, which was really nice for me because I missed out on Halloween (one of my favorite holidays). I also went to my first Carnival parade with my host family which was so much fun! Other than Carnival this month I went on a ski trip with my Rotary District to Nebelhorn. It’s a very famous place to ski and it was so amazing I got the chance to go and do that. Then to end the month I have a week of vacation! Again, you can’t believe how much I appreciate you all for supporting me through this journey!
April 1
Hello, how is everyone doing this month? Well I have been having a great March I hope you all have had an amazing month also! I just wanted to give you a quick update with how I’m doing in Germany. Right now I feel so comfortable with where I am and the people around me. When I say this place is my home I really do mean it with all my heart. I can’t wait to tell you all about my fun experiences when I get back. This month has been very normal and no extravagant trips or anything like that. I would say staying here makes it feel more and more cozy every day. I also just changed host families so I live closer to my school and the city center. As I am writing this I’m preparing to go on the Germany Tour which starts on the 1st and ends the 20th of April. I’m super excited to go on this trip and learn more about Germany and its’ cities. When I write next months’ update I will tell you how the trip goes. Once again thank you for your support, until next time, have a wonderful Easter/ holiday break.
May 1
Hello here’s a little update on what happened to me in the month of April. For 20 days, I was on Germany Tour with my rotary district. It was such an amazing experience and I had so much fun. Some of the main cities we visited were Dresden, Hamburg, Cologne, Bonn. We also stopped at the “Dreieck” which is the 3 corner, which connects Belgium, Netherlands, and Germany. And we had the chance to spend a day in France! I was lucky because one of my good exchange friends is a girl from Quebec and she speaks fluent French. After my tour was over I went back to normal living in Kempten, Germany. Which was very nice to see all my friends again and get back into normal rhythm. Also, where I live the weather is really crazy in April. For example, it was just snowing 3 days ago, then it was sunny and 60 degrees, and now it’s raining. But it reminds me of Ohio weather haha. Anyways, I hope everyone is doing well!!