Foreign exchange students come to LCN from China and Germany

Zexuan “Jason” Wang from China. Photo by Ty Gianakis ‘15

Zexuan “Jason” Wang from China. Photo by Ty Gianakis ‘15

Lisa Strothoff from Germany. Photo by Ty Gianakis ‘15

Lisa Strothoff from Germany. Photo by Ty Gianakis ‘15

Zhao “Peter” Yin Ming from China. Photo by Ty Gianakis ‘15

Zhao “Peter” Yin Ming from China. Photo by Ty Gianakis ‘15

Cara Smith ’15

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American author Henry Miller once said, “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” When vacationing in another country, it is typical to go sight-seeing and visiting tourist-filled cities. Some people do not get to spend much time in another country and truly get to experience the culture. Living in another country for some time gives one the opportunity to meet many new people, learn about their way of life, and they often leave with a new perspective. Some people believe that the best way to understand someone is to walk around in their shoes. LCN students most likely noticed that several students from China and Germany have had the opportunity to come to America and attend LCN for the 2014-2015 school year. L’Anse Creuse Public Schools Greg Henery is in charge of the exchange student programs. LCN is very excited to be hosting these students, for Crusader Nation can teach them about America’s culture, while learning about theirs. A few of these students shared how their experiences are going so far. Exchange student Zexuan Wang ‘17 said, “The biggest difference between school in China and school in America is that in China teachers move classroom to classroom instead of the students moving all day.” This is something that most Crusaders have probably never experienced before. This would be an interesting change for someone who has never had to get lost while hunting down where their seven classrooms are located. The Washington Times recorded that 819,644 foreign exchange students came to the United States of America for the 2012-2013 school years. It also reported that 28 percent of the foreign exchange students that come to America are form China. Another big change for these students is adapting to the language and the food. Zhao Yin Ming ‘17 said, “I don’t like the food here, it’s gross.” He also shared that the “authentic” Chinese restaurants in America are not very similar to the cuisine in China. Food plays a big part in a country’s culture and every culture’s cuisine is so unique. The most popular answers for favorite American food were hamburgers and steak, two of America’s specialties! LCN student Ann Yung ‘15 had the opportunity to stay with a host family in China in the past and her family is reciprocating by hosting two young men from China this year. Yung said, “My family wanted to give back because my host family was so generous to me when I stayed with them.” Two of North’s friends from Germany also spoke about their experience in America. Lisa Strothoff ‘16 is very excited to be here. She is a cheerleader at LCN and is taking lots of interesting classes such as Food and Nutrition. She said, “German schools are much stricter. The people here are more polite.” Alex Schlesselmann ‘15 also had wonderful things to say about LCN and the U.S. “My favorite thing about America is that everyone I meet is so friendly,” he shared. Schlesselmann is from the big, beautiful city of Homburg, Germany. He misses his family, but luckily gets to keep in touch with them twice a month. The thing he misses most about home is speaking in the German language. Schlesselmann said that the biggest difference between German schools and LCN is that he does not get to pick what classes he takes. He also shared that he does not attend the same classes every single day in Germany like students here do. All of the students are enjoying staying with their host families, but their biggest challenge has been adapting to an English-speaking environment. Many Crusaders do not know what it is like to attend a school in another country. This can be an exciting but intimidating experience, so LCN should welcome the new students with arms wide open. All of the students at North can learn so much from each other and grow close with one another. The experience that these students have will stay with them forever and they will have many tales to tell when they go home. Former students are not only representing High School-North, but the United States of America as well. This is an amazing opportunity for these students and hopefully Crusader Nation can help them make it an unforgettable one!