By Elizabeth Bricker, Talon staff reporter
Last week, Henriette Ravnaas, an exchange student from Norway, was interviewed. She shared what she likes about America, and how she has adjusted to living here.
Q: How old are you?
A: I’m Seventeen
Q: What grade are you in?
A: Senior. I’m in the same grade in Norway, but I have one more year left when I get back. I’m still going with the kids who are the same age as me.
Q: I talked to a foreign exchange student from Denmark last year, and she said that they do a bunch of years, then a year off, and then a few more years. Is that how you do it?
A: You can choose after high school if you want a year off or not. There are some people who do it. It’s kind of optional; it depends really. Some people take a year off to work to pay for college, and start the year after.
Q: Who is your host family?
A: The Packers, Jenni Packer. I’m also living with Giulia who is another exchange student from Italy. It’s super fun. We are three girls, the same age, in the same house.
Q: Are you here the whole year?
A: Yes, I’m here the whole year
Q: What’s different about America compared to Norway?
A: Everything is bigger here, like the food for example. There is also a lot more unhealthy stuff here, like fast food and such. But I feel like Norway is a country that has a lot of the same stuff, but there are small things that are different.
Q: What’s the best part about living here?
A: I don’t know, like the high school is so different here. Here, we have sports in school and activities like Prom and Homecoming and all that stuff. In Norway, we just go to school, and that’s it. We go home and do our homework, and that’s it. There’s nothing like dances, and if you are going to play a sport, you play in clubs. There are no school sports in Europe. It’s easier [to play school sports], too, because then you can match up your school work with the sports. If you are going to play in a club, it’s harder, because sometimes you have to go from school.
Q: Do you play sports?
A: Yeah, I play soccer for HRV.
Q: What other languages do you speak?
A: I speak Norwegian, Swedish, a little bit of German, English, and I’m taking Spanish One here, too.
Q: Do you have any weird skills or hobbies?
A: I don’t know, I feel like I’m kind of the typical teenager. I like to hang out with my friends and just have fun.
Q: Are you here with Rotary?
A: No, I’m here with EF, another exchange program. Rotary is where you live with three different families throughout your year but EF you stay with one family the whole year. Rotary doesn’t send as many students as EF does. We have six exchange students from this school, and five of them are from EF. One is from Rotary.
Henriette seems to be enjoying her time here in America.