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JUNE STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

Meet the Student of the Month from Serbia! SOM1

Above: Dorotja on one of her trips in the U.S.

CIEE: What is your favorite part of your typical day in the U.S.?

Dorotja: What is your favorite part of your typical day in the U.S.?

It is hard to pick a favorite par

t of a typical U.S. day because I love all of it. I love that there are so many afterschool activities that I can participate in, for example tennis and color guard. I also like spending time with my friends in school or going to football or soccer games and cheer for our team.

CIEE: What is your favorite American food?

Dorotja: My favorite American food is definitely breadsticks. I know that it's a really simple food, but this was the first food that I really liked in America. I also like chicken alfredo and macaroni and cheese.

CIEE: What has been the most surprising thing about America or your new host city?

Dorotja: The most surprising thing about America was probably that everyone is super friendly. Strangers smile at each other and get into small talks. Americans are really friendly and helpful. Also the school system is a lot different here than in my home country so that was pretty surprising too, but I got used to it quickly.

CIEE: What have you shared about your own home country/culture since you’ve been in the U.S.?

Dorotja: Most Americans didn't know where Serbia is located so I had to explain it. I shared my culture with my host family and school by making Serbian food, mostly cookies. I also made presentations in the school and my church where I explained my culture in more detail. I also had more private conversations with my friends and host family about small differences between the two countries.

CIEE: What have you learned about yourself so far?

Dorotja: I've learned that I'm more independent than I thought I would be. I can make friends easily in a new country and I am open-minded and I love to learn new things. I like that different countries have different views about things but neither of them are better or worse than the others, they are just different. I also feel that I became more confident during this year and I can solve my problems more easily.

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Meet the Student of the Month from Spain!

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Above: Gema with her host dad

CIEE: What is your favorite part of your typical day in the U.S.?

Dorotja: In my opinion there is not a specific part of my typical day in the U.S. that is better than other. Every second, since I wake up until I go to bed, is my favorite; every second of my life in the U.S. is special somehow.

CIEE: What is your favorite American food?

Dorotja: There are two meals that I couldn´t live without: macaroni and cheese and Indian tacos.

CIEE: What has been the most surprising thing about America or your new host city?

Dorotja: About 70% of the population in my town is Native American, and being honest when I met them for the first time I was a little bit scared, because they look really serious. But they are the nicest people I have ever met. They give you anything in return of nothing.

However, in general, what has surprised me a lot is how everybody has been supporting me all this time. The whole community has done everything that was in their hands to make me happy, to make live the American dream.

CIEE: What have you shared about your own home country/culture since you’ve been in the U.S.?

Dorotja: I have cooked for my host family, have showed my high school where I live thanks to Google maps, and have provided information about Franco in my U.S. History class.

CIEE: What have you learned about yourself so far?

Dorotja: Living in the U.S. has taught me that I can reach anything I would propose myself to get; I have learnt how to trust myself and how to be more independent. Now I know how to jump over the obstacles by myself and how to ask for help if I need it.

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Above: Gema with her host mom

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