Friday, February 21, 2014

Friday, February 21, 2014
12
Becoming an exchange student basically means that the exchange student will change their lifestyle, country, language, friends, parents, houses and  school. Simply, they will change everything.

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.

12 comments:

  1. Great article, i couldnt imagine just moving away from my friends and goiong to a place where every thing is diffrent

    ReplyDelete
  2. The exchange students are by far some of the coolest peopel in our school. They have awesome stories to tell and because they're foreign they're alwyas unique. I've been in America long enough to take part in the "Americanization Process" but I can relate to how weird it is to come to a new country.

    Jazzy, it's been great to meet you and I promise you will be missed. You have been an excellent addition to our Shark Attack Staff!

    Anastasia Kasko

    ReplyDelete
  3. You are an amazing writer, Jazzy! I am happy to have you on the shark attack staff and a part of the shark family in general! This was super interesting and it made me happy to hear about your experience!

    ReplyDelete
  4. I wish I could have been an exchange student.

    ReplyDelete
  5. This is a really good article. I didn't know foreign exchange students had to go through so much.

    ReplyDelete
  6. This is a very great article Jazzy! This is a great inspiration for when I move to Japan as a foreign exchange student after I get out of high school. If I do well, I might even get a good career there. Good luck Jazzy!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Its interesting to know the challenges foreign exchange students face! I don't know if I would be able to do it!

    ReplyDelete
  8. This is extremely interesting, I just found out a lot about my foreign friends that I didn't know about. You have definitely exposed me to how difficult it can be to be an exchange student and I will definitely look at the "different" kids in our school in a whole new light

    ReplyDelete
  9. Great Article Jazzy! I really admire the bravery and courage that it takes in order to be a foreign exchange student and am happy that there are programs that give students such an amazing opportunity.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Great article! I love having you here and you'll be deeply missed when you return back home but I hope you come back and visit!

    ReplyDelete
  11. I think the foreign exchange students are better than the kids that actually go here. Last year I met a girl Palmey and Panida and they were the best girls I've ever met

    ReplyDelete
  12. I wish i could speak cool languages.

    ReplyDelete