I stayed with the Thompsons. My hostmother's name was Maryett and my hostfather was Bob. They had 3 children, all in collage - Mike, Allie and Art (and his wife Amanda!). A big part of the family were also 2 amazing dogs. I could not ask for a more kind, carring, loving and funny family!
I took Cooking, Art, Photography, Sports medicine and English. All of the classes were really fun and not that hard. My favourite was Sports medicine. I played tennis after school every day. I was even on the varsity team. The girls on the team were really nice and I loved to spend my time with them while practising and on tournaments!
There and sooo many places I liked! My amazing host family took me to LA (Disneyland), Arizona, Washington D.C., Texas and all around California! Of course a have been to SF a couple times, it is my favourite city...
It is hard to find something that I disliked. The only thing that I could think of was the long distance between everything so I had to ask my host family for a ride every time I needed something. But my host family was really nice so it was no problem.
Be open, that is the main thing! Do sports, you will find many friends there. And take easy and fun classes so you don't have to learn after school that much :)
There are so many funny stories that a can't share just one with you. :)