Students Without Borders

Students Without Borders

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Cindy Ciotta, Staff Writer/ Broadcast Journalism

Ni hao, Hallo, Olá, Cześć! Or as we like to say around here, hey y’all!!!

If you haven’t noticed, Keller High school is home to quite a few student from other countries this year! Sometimes it can be easy for those of us who have always lived here to realize that things can be quite different in other places.

It can be easy to only think of ourselves, and what’s going on in “our own little world” as an individual, and we often forget that the real world has so much diversity in people and in culture. Although there are some differences, underneath it all we’re really all the same!

If I was in another country and a little blonde girl got up in my face asking questions about the U.S for her school newspaper, well I don’t know exactly how I would react.. Anyway, these three students handled it pretty well, and they went through a lot of adjustments in their transition to Keller.

Here at the KHS Wigwam, we were curious about their outlook on Keller, the American stereotypes, their reason for moving, and a few other things. Here’s what they have to say!

Jagoda Grochowska

Grade: 11

*What country did you come from?

“Poland”

*What was your reason for moving?

“My dad’s job”

*How long do you think you’ll be staying in the U.S?

“For right now, one year”

*What are some differences in schools here and where you came from?

“For example, we have three types of high school. One is preparing you for exams for college. Another is preparing you for a job. Third one is like preparing you for jobs and exams. This school is much bigger. They didn’t have classes like cooking. You’re also paying more attention to math history and language. There is more opportunity here.”

*Are there any cultural differences?

“Yes! For example, the language differences. They talk in a different way. We don’t mix class grades, so you see the same people all the time. Everyone has to choose two languages and one of them must be English. And P.E. for example, you need to have P.E. classes every year.”

*What do you miss most about your country, and what’s one of the best things about Keller, TX so far?

Miss Most: “I miss my friends.”

Like Best: “I like that it’s not cold!”

*Is there anything you don’t like about Keller?

“It’s too cold in the buildings.”

*Are the American stereotypes true? If so, which ones?

“They are loud.”

 

Chang Wang

Grade: 9

*What country did you come from?

“China”

*What was your reason for moving?

“Economic pull factors”

*How long do you think you’ll be staying in the U.S?

“Um, for the rest of my life.”

*What are some differences in schools here and where you came from?

“The school’s education is more organized over here. The education inspires students to reach their goals and has a more advanced system. In China it is very competitive and focused more on academics.”

*Are there any cultural differences?

“People are more open. There are not many school restrictions, like in China everyone’s hair had to be perfect in a pony tail and the girls skirts had to be longer than your knees. You are also not allowed to have relationships.”

*What do you miss most about your country, and what’s one of the best things about Keller, TX so far?

Miss Most: “I miss the literature”

Like Best: “I like everything here”

Are the American stereotypes true? If so, which ones?

“Not so much.”

 

Paul Bezner

Grade: 10

*What country did you come from?

“Germany, but I technically have dual citizenship in Brazil.”

*What was your reason for moving?

“To be with family”

*How long do you think you’ll be staying in the U.S?

“At least six months, but at the max one year”

*What are some differences in schools here and where you came from?

“The criteria; the grading system is different, and the subjects are different. Like, there is one math all the way through, and same with science, etc..”

*Are there any cultural differences?

“Everything’s bigger here. The schools are bigger.. the people are bigger.”

*What do you miss most about your country and what’s one of the best things about Keller, TX so far?

Miss Most: “I miss my friends, the soccer, and family.”

Like Best: “I like that the discipline is more serious here. And Bass pro shop. I like the overall American life style.”

*Is there anything you don’t like about Keller?

“I don’t really like the climate. It’s always hot.”

*Are the American stereotypes true? If so, which ones?

“They can be true.”

 

Thanks Jagoda, Chang, and Paul!!!