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One of the common experiences most international students go through is living with a roommate in a host family house or dorm. Here is some useful advice for when rooming with another international student.
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Leaving your country and your family to live in a foreign country with complete strangers is a brave choice, but it can also bring something very good to your life. Even though families in Ireland are very different from Italian ones, they are amazing too.
You will grow as a person while studying in the United States. Other than learning English, here are some of my three observations during my first and a half year experience in the United States.
I do not want to lie… I was sort of scared to have a host family as well because I did not know whether I will get along with them well or not.
Mi chiamo Nicola Bracchetti e vengo da Fabriano, una piccola cittadina nel cuore dell'Italia. In questo momento mi trovo a St.John's, in Canada, poiché sto facendo l'anno all'estero in questo piccolo pezzo di paradiso!
From a normal international student to Miss Congeniality! I would like to share with you my favorite memory of American high school - the beauty pageant.
Every year, around September, when most students start to adjust to the new school year, my school holds a family picnic. Students can invite their families and international students can use this time to strengthen their bonds with their host parents.
Even though it may seem super hard and stressful, do not get stressed out about it! In a nutshell, the only things you need to do are to be positive, proactive, and ready to overcome difficulties.
Hi, my name is Gabriella. I'm from southern Italy but now I'm in Ireland for an exchange semester. I left Italy on August 21st, so I've been living in this enchanting country for over a month already but what makes this adventure extraordinary is the fact that you never stop learning from the first day to the last. I tried to think about the things I learnt the first week of my life as an exchange student and I would like to share with you the five most important.
It's a great challenge for international students to leave their home and comfort zone. But living with an American host family will leave you with a lot of good memories. Today let me share with you my tips from living with host families for three years in American high schools!
Staying in a different country is extremely difficult. Especially, when you are far from your family, friends, food, etc..
"Enjoy every moment like it is your last.” That phrase was my motto I lived by this past year.
Attending an American has really made me seen that I have a great opportunity to go to college here.
Fascinated by the multi-cultural, open and tolerant California, Victoria decided to stay on and become one of them. She wanted to study International Relations at UCLA because she loved to work with different cultures, countries and politics.
“If I could choose to go back (to Italy) or not, I will definitely choose to stay here forever. Because I feel home." - Benedetta from Italy
Jardel from Brazil who was new to football took pride in receiving the title J.V. Rookie of the Year. "It's something I will remember forever!"
Anne chose Indian River Charter School in Florida because of their comprehensive performing arts program and the beautiful beaches and pleasing climate of Florida.
Marco from Italy chose to study in America because it has been his dream to be at one of the top American Universities such as Harvard and MIT.
Lily from China attended Alameda Unified School District, in California. She explains how her high school in the USA was different from that in China, and how she had an incredible art teacher.