An Exchange Student’s New Adventure
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America has long been a staple of excitement and adventure, alluring one exchange student who is eager to pursue a life here.
Michaela Sosovickova has long admired America from a distance, specifically from her hometown of Kosice, Slovakia. English has always been a part of Sosovickova’s life, stating that she took the leap across the Atlantic to perfect her second language. She said that it was important for her to submerse herself in the language and culture in hopes that she may one day live in the United States.
Sosovickova scrunches up her nose in a pensive expression as she recalls arriving in the United States on Aug. 23 and will stay until mid-June. Her eyes lite up when she talked about how she would love to travel to California during her time here.
Though Sosovickova is thrilled to be here, she said that she misses the food of Slovakia and her dog. Her friends and family stay close to her heart, but she said she talks to them often so she does not get homesick.
During her time here Sosovickova has experienced many differences. The stereotype of American food has lived up to Sosovickova’s expectations, but not in a positive way. She said the food in Slovakia is much healthier compared with the food here. One aspect of American cuisine that brings a light to her eyes is when she recalls her favorite restaurant, “HuHot is really good!”
Another adjustment for Sosovickova was school. In Slovakia, school ends at 1:30 p.m. and grades are separated into classes of 20 to 30 students who will spend most of their entire years of schooling together. She also said that classes are only 45 minutes with 15 minute breaks in between, which is vastly different compared with the seven hour school days of NHS.
A cherished memory here in Wisconsin will forever be Sosovickova’s first Packer game. She mentions that she sat a mere three rows away from the field and it was an exhilarating experience. She has also loved finding new stores here, her favorites being PINK and Forever 21. Just like most American teens, Sosovickova said that she enjoys listening to American rap.
Here at NHS Sosovickova is only involved in the exchange student club. Back home, however, she participates in a plethora of activities, including dance, tennis, golf, horseback riding, piano, and the arts. These are just a select few of the many clubs and sports of which she has been a part.
Sosovickova is excited to spend her junior year of high school in the United States with her host family the Dieringers