Many young adults decide to go to another country by become an exchange student. The number of people doing this increases year by year.
Their purpose in doing this usually is to become able to speak in foreign language better, to improve themselves, to learn another country’s culture and beliefs, and to share things from their own country with others.
Most of students choose China or the USA as the country that they are going to live because Chinese and English are global languages as you may know.
If they want to become exchange students, first of all they have to take an exam in the foreign language that the country they’re going to speaks in. If they pass, they get an interview to get a visa.
After they get there, they live with their host family for five to 10 months. They get lot of great life experience during that time. It is hard to be away from home, live with people you don’t know and talk in language which is not your own language. Exchange students should be happy to find out that they can actually do it.
There are rules for being an exchange student as well. For example, to respect those who is hosting them they should not speak in their own language and not talk with their real family more than twice a month, they cannot fall in love and must treat their host family as a their real one.
Junior Anchisa Chokmongkhonsuk said, “I expected that I would have more than 4 classes per day because it was a lot of interesting subjects that I don’t have it in Thailand. In Thailand I have 8 blocks per day and 17 subjects per year. So studying in this school is easier than Thailand. Everything is completely different such as how we live: school, food, society, and culture. For example we don’t use the dishwasher, we don`t take the shoes off in the bedroom. For my school, I study 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. We don’t have school bus. We don’t shake hands for greeting. We can wear makeup, I have to do a braid everyday and we have a uniform. I like how much freedom we have because the rules in my old school are very strict. Also what I dislike is we have too much freedom.”
For me, I am an exchange student from Mongolia, a country located between China and Russia. I’ve already been in South Carolina for 6 months. During this time, I realized that if you want to become an exchange student, you can’t be shy and unsociable.
If you are being shy, it is extremely difficult for people to talk to you, to know about you and to get closer with you. Therefore if you don’t make friends, you won`t enjoy your stay in another country. So if anyone is interested to do it, you should be ambitious and have skill to communicate.
I am so thankful for people who help me and who are friends with me.
I would like to say that to become an exchange student is the biggest challenge but the most interesting thing that you could ever do in your life. It will help you to know who you are, what you’re capable of, what your strengths and weakness are and so much more. I swear it won’t make you regret wherever you go.
Be strong and just do it.