About Me

I am a 13 year old American girl living in Israel. I attend the American International School. My two older brothers attend Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. My dad works at the US Embassy and my mom works part time as a background investigator at the Embassy and has other hobbies at home (including a blog). She was actually the person who inspired me to also make a blog. Ever since I was one year old, I have lived overseas. I lived in Bangladesh for four years, Kazakhstan for two, and Israel for over six years now.

I am a straight-A student at WBAIS. Well, except for my 89% in Hebrew last trimester, but hey its High School Hebrew even though I am in 8th grade and I am with 10th and 11th graders in my class. I am not Jewish nor Israeli and I am almost fluent in Hebrew.  My favourite subject is math. Currently, I am in Geometry and am trying to do a bit of Algebra II on the side so that next year I can jump into Pre-Calculus.

Before moving to the American International School, I was home schooled by my mom. I did 35 hours of gymnastics a week, and so of course a regular school (like the one I am attending now) would not have been flexible enough for me to work between my two lives — school and gymnastics. I did gymnastics for 7 years since the time I was 5 years old (starting in Kazakhstan). The last year that I was in gymnastics I won the 14 year old (even though I was only 12) Israeli Championship. I was interviewed in Hebrew right before the competition which was very exciting for me since I had never been interviewed before. However, that year I became really sick (which no doctor knew what it was or how to treat it). I was sick for over a year, forcing me to quit gymnastics. Even though I had to quit, I think I learned many important lessons at the gym that helped me carry it over to school. I still do not think that I would have wanted anything to change (for me not to have been sick and continue gymnastics) because I believe I have a different course in my life and a new future ahead of me.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Monica Cretella
    Mar 23, 2012 @ 18:35:21


    I also lived overseas as a teenager in Brazil.I was there from age 13-16 and identify with you in many ways. I randomly found your blog because my son got wait listed at Exeter too and I was researching that and found you. Headaches are often a sign of low GABA in the brain–passion flower may help as well as a product called BRAIN CALM which you can find at pathmedical.com. Also, check out wellnessresources.com. There are plenty of articles that will help you understand the inflammatory process that can get stuck in the body following a bad illness. The most important thing is to get enough sleep and don’t get too stressed about the little things. I hope you get into Exeter and happy healing!



    • waverlyh
      Mar 23, 2012 @ 18:51:33


      Wow, thank you so much. I will definitely look at those websites. I hope your son gets into Exeter as well. It’s such an amazing school! Is your son applying for ninth grade for next year? I’m sure he is overly qualified to go to Exeter, it’s just that they have so many people. Both my brothers go there in fact. I hope he gets in. Good luck, and thank you so much!



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