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Foreign exchange students bring culture to North Tama

October 4, 2012
Faith Eisele - Walnut Street Journal , Traer Star-Clipper

North Tama High School is the new school to two foreign exchange students this year. Their names are Ayu Pratiwi and Maxim Mogorean. Ayu is staying with the Rohlfsens and Max is staying with the Sherrers.

Q: What grade are you in?

Ayu: 12

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Max: 12

Q: Where are you from?

Ayu: Indonesia

Max: Moldova

Q: What are some of your hobbies and interests?

Ayu: Reading novels, traveling, watching movies.

Max: Soccer, American music, talk/hangout with friends.

Q: Why did you and how did you become a foreign exchange student?

Ayu: Wanted to try something new, traveling, wanted to prove stereotypes of American lifestyles.

Max: "I didn't want to become a foreign exchange student. It was like 'tadaaa!'"

Q: What were your expectations/stereotypes of the U.S. before you came?

Ayu: "I thought all Americans were individuals. That they were too busy with their own lives to get to know anyone else. It was disproved, they do get to know other people."

Max: "I didn't really have any. I thought it would simply be different, nothing dreamy."

Q: What were some of the problems you had to go through to get here?

Ayu: "I had to take a lot of vaccinations. I didn't like them, they hurt."

Max: "Problems with my school, they didn't want me to go."

Q: What do you miss most about home?

Ayu: Food.

Max: Family and friends.



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