Josefin Gustaffson of Sweden, Karoline Andersen of Norway and Amelie Foerstel-Busler of Germany were foreign exchange students this year at Leavenworth High School.

Karoline Andersen, a 17-yr-previous from Norway, was a single of various overseas trade pupils this calendar year at Leavenworth Significant College. In this Q&A, she talks about her calendar year attending Leavenworth Substantial University and dwelling with a nearby armed forces host loved ones.

Have you relished your trade yr?

I have totally savored my year as an trade college student. A yr overseas is definitely fascinating. I have seasoned so considerably I would not have in my very own region.

What routines had been you involved in whilst at Leavenworth Significant?

Soon after school actions and sporting activities ended up one particular of the issues I was most excited about when I moved here. The university gives a good deal of variation in athletics, clubs and things to do. In Norway, this is not the scenario. We never have functions and athletics in school, so all the things is based on nearby clubs. I believe the fact that educational facilities provide athletics make additional young adults far more energetic in an exercise or ready to test something new. I have tried using to be as energetic in just after school routines as attainable. For the fall season, I joined the JROTC Raider method, which I had hardly ever completed something equivalent to, but I fully fell in like with the workforce. This was the to start with place I manufactured close friends in faculty. For wintertime sporting activities, I did wrestling for a minimal time period. This didn’t go that very well for me. I dislocated my elbow midway throughout the season, so wasn’t ready to finish the season with the group. I have also loved all the coaches I have experienced all through the calendar year, they have actually impacted me and taught me a large amount.

What has astonished you about Leavenworth High and Kansas?

I believe a person thing that shocked me the most in the commencing was how friendly folks are here. In my culture, it’s not ordinary to say hi to strangers or do small communicate. It was extremely bizarre for me in the beginning when individuals mentioned hi to me in city or asked me how my working day was going.

Have there been any language barriers?

I was super fearful to go to a area where by I have to speak and use English all the time. The good thing is, the shift from Norwegian to English went remarkably well. It was hard in the commencing and the matter ideas had been demanding. I keep in mind faculty operate and homework took a lengthy time to do because I experienced to process everything I go through. But everyone was tremendous knowledge and served me out when I was having difficulties. English for me now comes actually normal and feels ordinary.

Have you built a great deal of new close friends?

I will say I have manufactured a ton of friendly relations. I usually have an individual to communicate to at faculty and hang out with all through methods. I also have mates that I shell out time with soon after college. I take into consideration all of these as mates, but I do not have a ton of seriously shut friendships like I do in Norway. I think I will retain get hold of with most of them on social media when I go back, but it is just a handful of I feel I will reconnect with in man or woman later on. It was certainly much easier to get to know other international pupils than born Us residents.

What will you keep in mind about Leavenworth when you return house?

The life style here as a teenager is actually unique from my property. I am applied to a additional connected town when it comes to length in between locations and general public transportation to get around. Norway has a genuinely excellent bus network, even in the compact towns, which my mates and I applied to get around. Norwegian mother and father are also less rigorous and it is standard to continue to be out way later on than in this article. I am also applied to not needing to occur dwelling just after university or notify my mom and dad wherever I am or who I am with. To not have a automobile in the U.S. boundaries a great deal of options to get out, because I live fairly far away from destinations and most of my pals. The university method is also quite various. Norwegian educational institutions do not have any university spirit, we really do not have any teams, mascots, and so forth. All the things in the states is also bigger – the structures, the cars, the searching regions, the individuals.

Would you like to return to Leavenworth for a check out sometime?

Leavenworth has affected me a great deal. I will don’t forget all the persons here – my pals, my host family members, my instructors, coaches and the other individuals I have met listed here. I will undoubtedly pass up the immediately after school activities, the drives with friends blasting audio, the inexpensive food items, the significant film theaters and the friendly culture. I feel I have uncovered to be far more awake to my environment and have adapted the every day practice of smiling and saying hi to folks, which I under no circumstances did right before. I will absolutely stop by Leavenworth yet again. I want to reconnect with some men and women here and show my relatives the put I lived for a yr.

What are the ideal issues about remaining an international student?

I imagine the very best detail about being an global student is all the things you master from pushing yourself. I have developed so substantially through this calendar year, and will shift back with new determination for the foreseeable future, a lot less worry and greater values and comprehending of other persons. An trade yr isn’t just uncomplicated. It is challenging to reside without your most significant rocks in your everyday living like relatives and pals. It is tough to adjust to an additional family’s habits and life style. This calendar year has provided the option to meet so several attractive individuals that have touched my heart and soul.