Thoughts I Had When I Realized Everyone at my New School Assumed I was the German Exchange Student

It was late November when I had a horrible realization about the new school I had been attending for four months. This is a true story.
  1. Why are the hallways always so crowded during the passing period?
  2. *friendly girl I don't know smiles at me and says "Guten Tag!"* Hmm, she must know that my family is hosting a German Exchange student for the year. She probably wants me to pass that greeting along to Sarah (🇩🇪). Will do.
  3. Alright onto home room.
  4. Hello to you too Mr. A!
  5. How do I like it here? You mean at DHS? "Oh well everyone at this school is so nice and welcoming, they've made being the new kid not nearly as bad as I thought it would be."
  6. No? You didn't mean at DHS? What did you mean then?
  7. How do I like it here in America? That's an odd question.
  8. "Well I guess I like it as much as the next American. I mean it's got it's faults, sure, but it's not too bad."
  9. Why does he look confused?
  10. Why did he just tentatively ask for confirmation that I was American?
  11. I mean I know I'm the new kid, but why did he assume I'm not from this country?
  12. Oh wait.
  13. Oh God.
  14. No.
  15. NO.
  16. "MR. A DO YOU THINK I'M THE GERMAN EXCHANGE STUDENT?!"
  17. He looks horrified.
  18. I'm horrified
  19. He silently nodded. OH MY GOD
  20. HE THOUGHT I WAS THE GERMAN EXCHANGE STUDENT! WHERE DID THAT EVEN COME FROM?!
  21. Wait.
  22. Hold up.
  23. Does EVERYONE think I'm the German Exchange student?!
  24. Oh my god. That's why someone said "You're so good at English" the other day
  25. They didn't mean the class.
  26. They meant the language
  27. Oh my god, because they thought I was the foreign exchange student.
  28. And that's why in Chem Mrs. Reman always pauses and makes sure I understand what's going on.
  29. Not because Chem is hard, but because she thinks English is not my native language and she wants to make sure she's not speaking too quickly.
  30. I mean I know I don't talk much, but it's because I'm shy not because I'm struggling with English!
  31. And that's why that girl said "Guten Tag" to me in the hallway.
  32. It's official.
  33. Everyone thinks I'm the German Exchange student.
  34. NEWSFLASH SHEEPLE! I HAVE LIVED 15 MINUTES FROM THIS FINE INSTITUTION FOR THE PAST 16 YEARS!
  35. AND I KNOW IM QUIET BUT MY NATIVE LANGUAGE IS ENGLISH.
  36. Wow.
  37. Ok.
  38. So where do I go from here?
  39. Do I keep letting people think I'm the exchange student or fess up?
  40. I mean won't they wonder why the exchange student stayed more than one year?
  41. Maybe if I just talk more in class, people will get it.
  42. Wait
  43. Hold up just another minute.
  44. It's November
  45. School started in August
  46. PEOPLE HAVE BEEN THINKING IM THE GERMAN EXCHANGE STUDENT FOR FOUR MONTHS?!
  47. Oh my god
  48. Oh my god
  49. Oh mein Gott