Danish Exchange Student

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The definition of a foreign exchange student is “a secondary-school or college student who studies for a period, usually one year, at a foreign institution as part of a reciprocal program between two institutions or countries.” Students have gone to other countries for a wide variety of reasons, such as to experience a new culture, learn a new language, make new friends from across the globe, and personal development of themselves. This gives students the opportunity to do things that have never done before, without being intimidating or frightening to the student.

Denmark is a Scandinavian country in Europe. It is the smallest and most southern of the Scandinavian countries, located right above the country of Germany. The national language there is Danish, and the capital is Copenhagen. It is a small country, and the culture is very different from that of America’s. Salka, a Danish exchange student, has come to the United States and is attending Warwick Valley High School.

Q: What city/area in Denmark are you from?

A: “Lyngby. It’s located on the eastern side and it’s near Copenhagen.”

Q: How long have you been in the US?

A: “I have been here for two months.”

Q: How have people treated you here?

A: “People here are much more open. They’re always wanting to know who I am. In Denmark, people are a lot more closed.”

Q: How is life in that country?

A: “In Denmark, you don’t have to pay to go to school or to a hospital. Everything is free.”

Q: How was our recent election different to those in DK? Do people still bow to the queen?

A:  “In Denmark, we have a queen. People still bow when you see her.”

Q: How old are you?

A: “I’m 15. I’m a sophomore.”

Q: What is the legal age for driving? Do you drive on the other side of the road?

A: “The driver’s license age is 18. We drive on the same side of the road.”

Q: How long do you plan on staying in the US?

A: “I’m only going to stay here for one year and then I’m going back. I’m going to miss being here.”

Q: What do you think of the US? What do you think of the way we live?

A: “I like it. You can be yourself and everyone is open.”

Q: What are you contemplating after high school?

A: “I plan on traveling. We go to college after a year or two of traveling.”

Salka is open to anyone who wants to talk to her. She may be new to America but she is getting along really well and can speak English fluently. If anyone wants to learn anything new and interesting about Denmark, they can just ask the newest Dane at WVHS, Salka.

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