Velkommen To America

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Velkommen To America

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Has anyone ever gone to a sleepover or spent more than a night at their house without your family? How about moving schools and becoming the new kid? Moving into a new country is way worse than moving to a different school or spending the night for the first time away from your parents. Try going back to the first time you left your parents to go to a friend’s house or moving schools or neighborhoods. If that was nerve-wrecking then, imagine living with a stranger in a different country for a whole year. On top of all that, you had to go to school speaking a language that wasn’t even your mother tongue. Becoming a foreign exchange student is not only adventurous and exciting but brave and scary. Ever wanted to know what it was like to be a foreign exchange student but was too nervous to try it? This should help in that general area.

Benji, a junior, became a foreign exchange student because he wanted to experience the American culture and meet new people. He does not miss home much right now-probably because he is having such a blast. Some language barrier words exist that he hasn’t heard before so some subjects are a little tricky at times. Benji thinks the biggest differences from Denmark to America are the different food and not much public transportation. People drive cars here to school whereas he either rode a bike or the train to school. He also stayed in one class the whole day for a longer period as well.

Even though it is different, he likes the states very well so far. He has a younger sister and brother. He had a cat and a rabbit back home and has two dogs and two cats here. Benji likes that the sports is right after school and done with the school. Sports are not done through the school in Denmark. He runs cross-country now with the influence of Carl Jay. His favorite sport is basketball-like every other teenage boy am I right? He would like to see other states as well but doesn’t have a preference. Benji likes playing video games and hanging out with his friends. His favorite movie is Shawshank Redemption and his favorite food is fish fillets.

The difference from Denmark to here is a whopping 6 hours and the climate is almost the same. He was jet lagged only a little bit when first arriving here. He is living with Stephanie and Jeffrey Angus. Benji believes that the people in the school and community are very nice. Before coming to the small-town of Walton, he had lived in a fairly bigger city in Denmark. Benji didn’t find any trouble learning English for he and his fellow classmates back home in Denmark studied the language of English when very young. Benji believes that our school is not that much smaller than the one in Denmark.

Overall, I believe Benji is fitting in very well in school and enjoying what he does. Doing something you have never done before is always a frightening thing, but once you do it, it doesn’t seem all that bad before you first tried it. Benji is making memories and having new adventures which keeps life interesting and fun. Would you have had the courage to do what Benji did if you were in his shoes?

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