Foreign Exchange Students Make McNary a Second Home
January 22, 2016 By:Hunter Watson
An Article from the Second Edition of The McNary Piper 2015
From experiences to new dreams, the foreign exchange students build part of their life here in the U.S.A.
According to Anne Olivia Olstad, senior and foreign student from Norway, people here at McNary are more friendly and outgoing. “It’s really hard to get friends over there [Norway] and here they are easy to make,” said Olstad. Olstad points out that so far she loves this school, but not as much as she loves biology.
Olstad says she’s planning to apply to be able to graduate here. She would like to attend Oregon State University for college. Marine biology is something she is really interested in, so that’s something she’s looking forward to study.
One of the things that hasn’t been so easy for her is trying new dishes from here. Olstad’s favorite dish here is lasagna. “It’s a different type of taste, but lasagna is my favorite,” said Olstad.
Olstad says that the only thing she dislikes about here is the passing time, it’s too short.
“Even if we’re late to school over there they won’t care. Just say you overslept and you’ll be fine. Also as long as you have good grades, you’ll be passing,” Olstad said.
Caroll Miller, registrar at McNary, says that these foreign exchange students are great. On the other hand, Miller is responsible for the foreign student’s transcripts to be well set up here and for when they leave, diplomas, etc.
“My job is to enroll them, welcome them to McNary High School, and to make sure they get set up,” Miller said.
Even if the foreign student’s decision was to stay here, they’d have to reapply. “Under the federal law, foreign students can’t stay here for any longer than one year. They would have to reapply but continue their education at a private school,” Miller said.
“Language is the only difficult thing for me here,” said Giorgio Corrieri, senior from Italy.
Correri says things here are a lot more different than over there.
“Here we get to have lockers, school dances which are fun, and every teacher has their own class. Like, for example, science classes have their own science labs, and over there we stay in one class and teachers take turns to come in and teach a new subject,” he said.
Correri also looks forward to every weekend that he spends with his host parents, “I love going to California with my host parents. They’re very cool; we go out almost every weekend,” Correri said.
Although there’s many fun things to do every weekend, Correri also enjoys going to classes. His favorite is WWII history.
“I really love that people here younger than me can drive and over there you can’t if you’re younger than 18,” Correri said.
“I don’t know what I like maybe because this is a big school and it’s bigger than the one that I attend in Russia,” said Natalia Petrova, a senior from Russia.
Petrova is our first, and only foreign exchange student from Russia that has attended McNary.
Petrova also knows more than two languages, Russian, Spanish, English, and is looking forward to learning French.
“I want to learn French because I want to study gastronomy,” said Petrova.
Petrova is looking forward to have a great experience here.
“Attention is also what I like because other people are interested in knowing more about me they start asking questions of where I came from,” Olstad said.
Written By Alondra Alvarez