Hi, my family and I are moving to England from Pennsylvania in about a month. I'm 17 years old and I'm worried about the transition. I'd like to have a girlfriend while I'm there, but I'm not sure if any girls will like me.
I have brown hair and brown eyes. Pertaining to my ethnicity, I'm about 70% English, 20% German, and 10% other white, if you care to know. I'm 5'11" and weigh 165lb. I'm in pretty good shape with what I think is a decent amount of muscle for 17 years. I usually wear button-down shirts (flannels, oxfords) tucked into normal fitting jeans with a belt. What do people wear in England? I know that I'll be wearing a uniform at school.
I've been told that I'm nice, funny, and smart by others. I get good grades in school, read often, love physics, and want to become a mechanical engineer. NaturalIy, I like building things and fixing things. I also enjoy hiking and camping and other outdoors activities. I love playing sports, all sports. I'm on the baseball team right now. What sport should I get into in England? Do you have school teams? Finally, I love having fun, but I don't drink or party.
For a first date I would probably invite the girl out to dinner and a movie of her choice. Afterwards, if the date's going well, we could walk around and talk for a while. I always pay for the date, open doors, seat her first, and walk on the outside of the sidewalk (pavement). What else is expected of English guys that I may not be aware of?
A lot of girls in the U.S. like English guys because they're apparently really handsome, cultured, and gentlemanly. Is this true? That's all the media shows us, and I don't recollect ever actually meeting an English person (not many English people make it to rural PA for some strange reason...). I'm worried that English girls will avoid me and that the guys will mock me. I've heard that English people hate Americans and think we're rude, stupid, fat, and lazy.
I apologize for the length of this question! Megan - I probably am worrying too much and overthinking everything. I'd been handling it fine, but now that it's gotten to within a month I started to get anxiety. Sophie - Thanks, dear. I'm sorry for stereotyping English people back in my last paragraph, I hadn't really realized that I had done that when I wrote it. I understand what you're saying. A lot of people get their ideas of Americans off of TV, just like I mentioned my preconceptions of English people based on the media. Considering the English show Downton Abbey is really popular here right now (my mom's obsessed with it), you can sort of guess where I get these ideas. It would be like English people only ever being exposed to Americans by The Jerry Springer Show (DON'T look it up, I'm ashamed it comes from my country).