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Exchange students compare Austin to home countries

Foreign exchange students (from left to right) Riko Miyata, Mizuki Kita, Marie Anyiam, and Ricky Lee pose for a group photo.

Foreign exchange students (from left to right) Riko Miyata, Mizuki Kita, Marie Anyiam, and Ricky Lee pose for a group photo.

Ash Catalan

Foreign exchange students (from left to right) Riko Miyata, Mizuki Kita, Marie Anyiam, and Ricky Lee pose for a group photo.

Ash Catalan

Ash Catalan

Foreign exchange students (from left to right) Riko Miyata, Mizuki Kita, Marie Anyiam, and Ricky Lee pose for a group photo.

Exchange students compare Austin to home countries

Being an exchange student comes with many pros and cons, and as you can imagine, it’s pretty jarring leaving your birthplace, to experience an entirely new culture, taking in new sights and smells. But these students were brave enough to take the opportunity to leave their home, and take up the challenge of adjusting to a new living space. These students come from diverse places and cultures, meaning they all have different views on how our school functions, comparing our education system to theirs.

Each student stays with a host family, and that host family provides anything that a normal family would, food, protection, and care. Although these students have host families, they do still feel homesick from time to time, but each student has their own way of dealing with their homesickness, whether that be skype or phone calls.

Each student has different experiences since each student has traveled across the United States before coming to Texas, making friends along the way and forming new relationships and seeing new places, maybe even experiencing different holidays or traditions when staying with a host family, obtaining a refreshing view on the world as they travel and learn.

“I love that Austin is so diverse,” said sophomore Marie Anyiam, a German exchange student. “ And I love the people here, it’s so colorful downtown and I think it’s creative, I love it.”

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Mizuki Kita – Japan
Marie Anyiam – Germany
Ricky Lee – South Korea

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