Exchange in Australia
For me the Debutant Ball was one of the best experiences I’ve had while being in Australia. I am truly grateful that my school let me be a part of such an special tradition, and for all the fun I have had in the process with my host family and friends.
When I first heard about the Debutant Ball I wasn’t sure what it was, I faintly remembered how I had seen it on the television before and soon my friends at school explained what it was and I was immediately desperate to be a part of it. My friends was so excited for me and as soon as I got permission from the school to attend, we quickly tried to find a partner for me. One of my closest friends brother agreed to be my partner, and we soon became friends.
In the beginning of March the whole process started, all the times we had deb practice on school nights just made my relationship closer to all the other students. How I got to see everyone dressed with their own clothes really made them shine with their personality, I felt I knew them in a different way since i’ve always only seen them in their school uniform. Seeing people out of school really make it go to a new level. I had so much fun at practice.
Through the way I had some struggles with my tight budget and couldn’t afford getting my nails, hair or make-up done professionally for the day. I had already spent a load on my beautiful dress, which I had purchased from the internet, my shoes and gloves. I planned to do my own hair and make-up but I was really nervous because i’m not too good with that kind of stuff. My lovely friend Kaitlin from the school heard this news and she assured me not to worry about it, and that I should come to her house on the day and so I did. When I arrived we went out to the hairdresser and she had arranged with her own friend to do my hair, and later she did my makeup and I couldn’t have been more grateful. This really moved me, that she took her shift off from her job to help me, a girl from Denmark she only had known for 3 months and she was willing to do all this just for me.
A Ball at a castle, never had I been to a real Ball and yet to dress like a princess. When I arrived the very first thing I did was taking pictures, lots of them with everyone I knew. As the day went it was almost time to begin the ceremony and my partner came and gave me a gift which contained beautiful earrings from Pandora. When I walked into the hall, down the red carpet while they called out my name the best they could, I shook hands and did my bows and put on my brightest smile. As I was walking I spotted my host family and two of the french exchange students and I got that feeling inside of me that you get when you are truly happy. We continued with the three dances and after we all sat down for dinner. The food was delicious and I made time to quickly go over and say hello to my host parents and my exchange friends. I was so happy that they all came to support me on my special day. There was some lovely speeches, very motivating and right after dessert all the students went to line up for the fun dance! After the fun dance it was the father-daughter dance which made me slightly shy because I needed to dance with my host dad, but everything was great and I had so much fun. I was really surprised that everyone was dancing the whole evening right until the night ended around 11. I even took some professional photos with my host parents and the french girls, and I introduced the french girls to all my friends at school.