By María Eugenia Redondo González, foreign exchange student from Spain; intro by Priscilla Trinh, senior writing coach
Here on the Writing It Out blog, we strive to host a variety of voices and in this pursuit we will feature monthly guest posts from writers other than our coaches. For this month, we travel back a bit to September – a time where there is an influx of returning students, new students, and of course, foreign exchange students. These international students offer us a fascinating perspective on life outside the U.S. and in return, they are able to witness a unique Minnetonka High School student’s life. Below are María’s thoughts on her stay with one of our coaches.
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¡Hola a todos! Hello everyone!
My name is María, and I am the exchange partner of Amanda, one of the Writing coaches. I am with some students from the North of Spain, the school San Ignacio of Oviedo and we have been in an exchange program with your school from the 7th to the 21st of September.
We have visited a lot of places that we’ve liked a lot such as the Vikings and Twins stadiums, the University of Minnesota, Minnehaha Falls, St. Paul Cathedral, Lakes Harriet and Calhoun…
We’ve also enjoyed so much the Homecoming week. We don’t have this welcoming in our school so it has been a really nice experience. The Pyjama Day, the bands playing while we were arriving to school in the morning, the election of the queen and the king, the parade and the football match were fantastic!
People here are amazingly nice. If we were lost or we needed any help they immediately helped us to go to any place, which was a good thing because our school is not as big as this one and the first day we were here this was like a maze of classes crowded with students who were really, really happy to start school 😉
And because this has been an unforgettable experience, we want to say thank you to all the people involved in the exchange, Mr. Masteller, our teachers, Patricia and Miguel, who have had to bear us more than usual, to all our American families for all the activities they have taken us to, the incredible people we have met here and our exchange students who couldn’t have been better partners in a country that this month has become our home. Thank you, we hope to meet you again! You’re welcome to Spain whenever you want!