I personally observed from a distance, slightly amused, slightly terrified. But anyway, when I got past my initial annoyance at the whole middle-school-esque atmosphere of the situation, I realized how cool everyone actually was when they weren't trying to be so cool. My favorite were the kids who went to international school or came from another country. Hands down, internationally-minded students are the most interesting group in the high school demographic. And they all seem to know each other, bragging about their global contacts in foreign nations as if each nation was just another school to them, which it probably was. Some countries of origin of my new friends: Egypt, England, Italy, Spain, Germany, Korea, Colombia, India, and South Africa, to name but a few (please excuse my bragging).
This is what I absolutely loved the most. Meeting so many people from a myriad of backgrounds was a dream come true for a travel-hungry, culture-starved, first-generation suburban teenager such as me. The conversations we had were fantastic. We would talk about restaurant bread that, when eaten, was "like chewing gum" for my one Spanish friend, or the legal age to go clubbing in India, or the explanation of countless American idioms (have you realized that to be down for something means the same as to be up for something?).
I was so sad on the last day when we had to say goodbye since the chances of any of us meeting again in person are pretty slim :( And so now, I'm here sentimentally blogging about everything as I struggle to readjust back to normal life.