September 18, 2021

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‘It feels bizarre’: Fox Valley Lutheran overseas exchange college students picking out to stay in Wisconsin for the duration of COVID-19 | WFRV Area 5

APPLETON, Wis. (WFRV) – It’s not straightforward becoming away from house, specially throughout a global pandemic while navigating high school.

“I could not go house this summer which is like odd, since I have not observed my family members for like a long time,” states senior Anh Duong. Duong has been a aspect of Fox Valley Lutheran Significant School’s international exchange pupil software because she commenced as a freshman in 2017. Right before the pandemic, she would go residence to Vietnam go to her family each summer time.

Enming Wang, a sophomore and foreign exchange student from China, suggests this earlier 12 months has been nearly anything but normal. Wang has been a part of the international scholar method considering the fact that 2019.

“It feels strange, since I have not been capable to go house considering the fact that final summertime,” claims Wang.

When the CDC unveiled its travel limits previous year, Duong and Wang made a decision it was greatest to continue to be in Wisconsin, for the reason that they could possibly not be able to return to the United States.

“It variety of feels strange, due to the fact we can speak to our moms and dads by way of phones and tablets, but we’re not seriously looking at them in individual,” claims Wang.

The two are thriving even with their situations. Duong, who is studying biochemistry, will be attending Purdue University in the tumble, whilst Wang is finding out STEM and on FVL’S VEX Robotics workforce.

“It is pretty heartwarming to just see them be in a position to do well, even by means of the worries that they are going through via the pandemic,” claims Monica Uhlenbrauck, International Program Director at Fox Valley Lutheran.

The 2020-2021 college 12 months is the school’s 50th anniversary of FVL’s foreign trade university student software. This yr, 27 learners are enrolled in the application. There are learners from China, Korea, Vietnam, Germany, Ukraine, Poland, and Spain.

“After owning students appear for possibly a semester or total calendar year, several needed to continue to be lengthy phrase. Our Advice Chair and Administration labored to grow to be a SEVIS authorised school that authorized intercontinental learners to receive an F-1 visa and continue being for several several years at FVL. The approval arrived in 2003 which led to the school’s initial I-20 pupil who came from Germany,” suggests Uhlenbrauck.

Fox Valley Lutheran offers college students with a Christ-centered education and learning planning teenagers for lives of services and for eternity. For far more facts on Fox Valley Lutheran Large School’s international trade university student program, click right here.