Blanca Montes is one of the foreign exchange students attending Lakewood High School this school year. Montes is a senior from Spain. I sat down with her and asked her a couple questions pertaining to her time at the high school and the U.S.
This is what she had to say:
Q: What is your favorite thing about the U.S.?
A: “My favorite thing about the country is just how different it is compared to at home. I love the nature and all the places there are to go, especially food.”
Q: What is your favorite thing about Lakewood High School?
A: “My favorite thing about Lakewood High School is the people. There are so more people to meet here than there are at my school back in Spain. Everyone here is very inviting and friendly– I feel very welcomed here.”
Q: What has taken you by surprise?
A: “The thing that has taken me by surprise here is time. The way people operate on such a timely schedule is something I am not used to. It is very relaxed back home, so it has taken some adjusting.”
Q: What is the biggest difference between countries?
A:”There are two things that are very different: the food and the high school. The food here is not what I am used to eating. Back at home everything is home cooked, but here it seems like most of the food is in boxes. The high school is very different from my school. There are way more kids here–which is a good thing. I love being around the extra people, as long as they act right.”
Q: What is one thing that you are looking forward to doing while here?
A:”Being in the country and getting involved in the culture is all I want to accomplish when here. There is nothing special that I have in mind.”
Montes is disappointed that she only gets to be here for a school yer, but is glad that she has the opportunity– especially when one of the benefits is being Student of the Week.