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Exchange students experience the US through Del Campo

DC welcomes the world with four juniors from other countries

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Exchange students experience the US through Del Campo

Charly Ahrens junior exchange student delves into school life.

Charly Ahrens junior exchange student delves into school life.

Charly Ahrens junior exchange student delves into school life.

Charly Ahrens junior exchange student delves into school life.

Madelynne Gabriele, Co-Sports Editor,

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In the 2018-2019 school year, Del Campo hosted four exchange students from Germany, Norway, and Spain. They were interviewed about the different school systems in their countries, the things they have enjoyed, and the customs they’ve had to adapt to since being here in America.

Mia Weixler and Charly Ahrens, are two students from Germany. Weixler got involved with the exchange program with a friend, however they got put into separate places. Weixler and Ahrens said the school system in Germany is different then here in America. There are two schools, elementary and high school. Everybody is in their own class, there is no mix between different grades, so for Weixler, having a combination of freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors in a class is definitely a new experience. 

Ahrens is a member of Kids Helping Kids and the hip-hop dance team, and also an anchor on DC daily. She got involved with the Rotary Youth Exchange program through her grandpa who has founded one of the districts near where she lives. Like Weixler, Ahrens agrees that the social behavior in America is enjoyable, especially the homecoming dance. They don’t have school dances back home.

Ahrens and Weixler both say they enjoy the weather in California and the palm trees since they don’t have them in Germany. Weixler especially appreciates Carl Perricone, who has been really kind and funny to her and made her feel welcome. Ahrens  mentioned that she was glad to have been in Dr. Richard Hale’s class,who made her feel more like a student then a student from a foreign country.

Antonio Rebola-Iranzo is an exchange student from Spain. The school system in Spain is different from America’s and Germany’s. In their school you have 1st-6th grade, then 7th-10th, and 11th – 12th are optional depending on whether you want to go to college or not. Antonio also studied the German language in Germany. He speaks both Spanish, English, and German well. The social behavior of students and teachers makes him more comfortable being here. Antonio is grateful to Karen Fielden and Laura Oprescu in the language department for their continued support.

Hailing from Norway is junior Andrea Larsen. She didn’t know English well before coming here. From her experience, people have been more open-minded and social than in Norway. She mentioned “the fact that you can go to the store and tell a joke, or start a conversation and a stranger might laugh or possibly join in” was very new to her.

Larsen enjoys how big everything in America is – the drinks are very large even if you order a small. The portions of the plates are also much bigger than in Norway. Larsen is also thankful for Oprescu, whose room is always open for all students during lunch.

These students have traveled from around the world to come to America and see the lifestyle of this country. They have been amazing and incredibly captivating, and learning about their experiences since being here and the differences between their countries and the United States could possibly influence somebody from Del Campo to become a foreign exchange student as well, and give them an opportunity to learn from different countries.

 

By Madelynne Gabriele

Roar Staff Writer

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Madelynne Gabriele, Sports Co-Editor and Staff Writer

Madelynne Gabriele is a 16 year old junior at Del Campo High School. She has been attending Del Campo for three years, taking AP classes as well as certain...

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