Quick Links
Skip to main contentSkip to navigation

Woodlawn Schools



Ajax Loading Image


Let's Meet Our Foreign Exchange Students

Beatriz Diniz

Julien Rosen

Bela Alexi

Woodlawn High School is fortunate to have three foreign exchange students this year.  Being a foreign exchange student means immersing yourself into American culture for a full school year while being away from the family you love.  WHS is hoping to provide a good educational experience for these students while learning as much from them as they learn from us.  Let's meet them!

What made you want to be a Foreign Exchange Student?

BD: "It was always a dream for me. I really like to travel, have new experiences, get to know different people and different cultures, and it is a way to grow as a person."

JR: "I wanted to improve my English and discover the real American culture instead of the joke American culture from Europe."

BA: "Sports. I really like how Americans value sports, particularly in school. Maybe food too."

What is your favorite American food?

BD: "Really hard question, a lot of answers: mac & cheese, peanut butter and jelly, and corn dogs."

JR: "I like a lot of American food but I think my favorite is pizza."

BA: "I like tacos but since they aren't that American I would say anything with a lot of cheese, like Mac & Cheese."

What is the biggest change you noticed between countries?

BD: "Everything is different, but the people would be the biggest change. The way people act with each other and deal with certain situations."

JR: "The distance between cities, towns, etc.."

BA: "How far apart cities are. In Germany you can reach a different city in about 30-60 minutes."

How is our school different than your old school?

BD: "The number of students is smaller here; in Brazil, teachers change classrooms instead of students, and we don't have lunch at school.

JR: "It is smaller, in my old school there were 1000 students."

BA: "We have a schedule for the whole week so all the Mondays are the same and all the Tuesdays are the same. However, a Monday is different than a Tuesday or a Thursday. So we have more subjects too. Another difference is that we don't have sports teams at our school, we just have PE."

What do you find weird about America?

BD: "People don't really know about others' countries' history and culture, in general."

JR: "Everybody can play a sport in high school."

BA: "Americans fry everything, even fruits."

What is one thing you want to do here before you leave?

BD: "Go to the dances, be fluent in English, and make friends for life."

JR: "Go to Chicago."

BA: "I want to visit a big city."