Before I left Australia for IJM I was nervous. I didn’t know any of the girls in my age division at Internationals, and I wasn’t sure if they would understand my accent.
When we checked in to the Westin, there were so many girls arriving from all over the US and overseas. Everyone was really friendly and I felt so much better! Everywhere you went; the store, the elevator, hair and makeup, there was always someone new to meet.
Some of the girls in my age division taught me how to play patty cakes. When I went back to school after IJM, I showed all the kids in my class, and now we play it all the time! I also love playing it with my sister queen, Blake. She always teaches me new songs and dances.
A great opportunity to get to know your age division at Internationals is at the Pajama Party. Wear your cute pj’s and come along for some fun! We all got to play games and answer questions about ourselves, and then we had the gift exchange. Each girl brings a gift from their home state or region to give to another girl. It was a great way for me to learn about where my new friend’s were from.
When we went to Busch Gardens, I met even more new girls on the bus rides and throughout the day. The time goes so much faster when you have someone fun to talk to! Rehearsals and waiting backstage are also lots of fun. We all played games while we were waiting, and it’s a great chance to talk to the other girls.
If you are nervous or don’t know anyone at Internationals, don’t worry. You are guaranteed to make a lot of life long friends! I love seeing all of my IJM sister’s photos and posts on social media. And with today’s technology, it is so easy to keep in touch… even if I am on the other side of the world!
Love Ayva x