Bon Voyage

foreign exchange students share future plans

McKenna Cole, Managing Editor

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Anna Vorapatropas, Thailand

Plans after BV: “I’m going back to college in Thailand.”

Favorite part of exchange year: “I like my school friends and my host family.”

What you learned at BV: “The most important thing is English, because I’m going to a National College, so I have to learn everything in English. I came [to America] to prepare before college.”

Mateo Garcia Uribe, Mexico

Plans after BV: “I am going to college at New York University. This summer I am staying back home with my parents in Mexico.”

Favorite part of exchange year: “Taking a variety of classes I can’t take back home.”

What you will miss: “My host family.”

 

Magdalena Witting Torrealba, Chile

Plans after BV: “I have to go back to my country and study for the PSU, which is like the ACT, so I can go to college.”

Favorite part of exchange year: “I really like the sports [at BV].”

What you learned at BV: “English [and to]try different sports and try new things.”

 

Pier Schiavone, Italy

Plans after BV: “I am going back to finish my senior year since [in Italy] it’s five years of high school.”

Favorite part of exchange year: “The people.”

What will you miss: “The community of Blue Valley, which is really different from my high school [in Italy].”

 

Isabel Burguete, Portugal

Plans after BV: “I’m going to go back to Portugal, and next year, I’m going to go to college to study business management.”

Favorite part of exchange year: “The friends I made, going to the lake with my [host] family, learning how to wakeboard [and] going to Alaska and Florida.”

What you learned at BV: “I can handle things for myself more now, because I don’t rely on anyone. I have my host family, but I basically take care of things on my own.”

 

Gian Marco Alberici, Italy

Plans after BV: “I’m going back [to] Italy May 28. I am going to have another year of high school. My plan is to get a law degree. My dream job is [becoming] a sports agent.”

Favorite part of exchange year: “Getting to know the different culture [of] American students and American schools — the first [few] months when everything is new is cool.”

What you learned at BV: “School activities and sports are sometimes more important than school. In Italy, we don’t have sports, activities or stuff like that, so it’s cool you can support and play for your school. That’s probably the best thing.”

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