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December Student of the Month: Ming from China

Meet Ming, our student of the month from China!

 

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

Ming: My favorite part of my typical day is my Ceramics class.  I like to create things and I can make whatever I want.

CIEE: What is your favorite American food?

Ming: My  host mom and I make a very delicious zucchini bread and I also love smoothies - made with lots of fruit!

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

Ming: I didn't know about the Metroparks - I loved running Cross Country thru the park and also bike riding in the park.  I was surprised about the beauty of the leaves changing colors.

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

Ming: There is a big difference in the typical school day so I have shared that with people - they are surprised at how hard we study.  I also have shared spicy Chinese recipes with my host family and cooked it for them.

 CIEE: What have you learned about yourself so far?

Ming: I have learned so many different ways to exercise - Cross Country, yoga class on Sunday morning, tennis lessons and now I am on the swim team.  I can try anything and do my best at sports!

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Above: Ming had a successful Halloween in Ohio!

 

November Student of the Month: Fatahiya

Meet our November Student of the Month, Fatahiya from Ghana!

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Above: Fatahiya enjoying a beautiful fall day at an apple orchard in Illinois

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

Fatahiya: My favourite part of the day in the US is to catch my bus for school and at dinner when everyone talks about their day.

CIEE: What is your favorite American food?

Fatahiya: My favourite food is pizza and ice cream

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

Fatahiya: My most surprising thing is that America is not Hollywood because I thought every part of the country is just like they show on movies though I live in a great community which is the most important thing.

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

Fatahiya: I have shared so much but the one my host mum loves so much is that only chiefs ride horses in Northern Ghana.

CIEE: What have you learned about yourself so far?

Fatahiya: I have learnt that I can be anything if only I want to change the world, and that I am mature but not as confident as I thought

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Above: Fatahiya and fellow CIEE exchange student Fatima, from Bahrain, meeting with U.S. Congresswoman Jan Schakowski to discuss student exchange, citizen diplomacy, education, and women’s rights. How cool!

Congratulations Manuela - your American Bucket List won you a gopro!

Congratulations to Manuela from Spain for her winning American Bucket List and selfie! Check out all the neat things she hopes to accomplish in Maine (shout out!) this year while she is studying in the United States.

You rock, Manuela - send us pictures of your new adventures!

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Check out Manuela touring around Portland on a boat with an awesome light house behind her!

The American food Manuela wants to try: pancakes - and a big BBQ too!

The American tradition Manuela  most looks forward to: an American football game

The American activity Manuela wants to try: cheerleading - Manuela doesn't have that activity at her school in Spain - she thinks it's fun & interesting! 

The American holiday Manuela most looks forward to: Christmas - because in Spain they celebrate it but it's not the same. She wants to see the lights and all the Christmas trees & spirit. 

Manuela hopes to teach her host family: how to make Spanish tortilla - The Kennedy Family told her they are so excited about trying the Spanish tradition on New Year's eve of eating grapes for each bell until midnight!

Manuela 's biggest goal at school: to make a lot of international friends - it's important for her to learn the American culture and how to work together in class, because in Spain they class system is very individual. Americans do everything as a team and that's very different and interesting to Manuela. 

The American celebrity Manuela most wants to meet: Taylor Swift! She is a BIG fan of Taylor and dreaming of her is free :) We are hoping she spends her holidays in Portland too, Manuela!

 

 Congratulations Manuela - we hope you have the #CIEEBestYearEver!

Congratulations Tahir - Your American Bucket List Won You a GoPro!

Congratulations to Tahir from Pakistan for his winning American Bucket List and selfie! Check out all the neat things he hopes to accomplish in Oklahoma this year while he is studying in the United States.

You rock, Tahir - send us pictures of your new adventures!

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Check out Tahir on top of the highest point in Oklahoma - Mount Scott in the Wichita Mountains! 

The American food Tahir wants to try: meatballs with spaghetti

The American tradition Tahir most looks forward to: prom

The American activity Tahir wants to try: kayaking

The American holiday Tahir most looks forward to: Christmas - because he has never seen snowy trees in his life!

Tahir hopes to teach his host family: how to cook Pakistani food because his host family (The Akin's!) love his country's food

Tahir's biggest goal at school: is to be prom king - we would vote for you Tahir!

The American celebrity Tahir most wants to meet: Angelina Jolie - she has been to his country 3 times to help people during floods.

 Congratulations Tahir - we hope you have the #CIEEBestYearEver!

September Student of the Month - Meet Beomsu!

Meet the Student of the Month from South Korea!

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Above: Beomsu spending time in the great outdoors of Alaska with his host mom

 

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

Beomsu: It’s really hard to pick my BEST, but I can tell you 2 favorite things in my typical life.

First one is that I can organize my own time table. Of course US history, English, and math are required subjects, but another three subjects can be filled with my favorite subjects. There are so many kinds of classes available, so I filled those classes with Photography, Consumer Economics, and Table Tennis. So now, I can enjoy my school life.

And second one is the time at the end of school. In South Korea, high schools generally end at 9 or 10pm. So it’s really boring and I cannot enjoy my after school time. but here, it ends at just 2pm and after school ends, I can do many things such as after school activities at school or socializing with other people. And most of all, I can eat dinner with my family (even though they’re not my natural family.)

CIEE: What is your favorite American food?

Beomsu: I LOVE MEAT. So most of all, I love thick and juicy steak. And if it is with seafood such as shrimp or crab, I’m ready to eat it, breakfast to dinner.

And another one is Subway. In my host family’s home, we call Tuesdays “Crazy Tuesday”, becaus  it’s the busiest day of the week. So on Tuesday, we always eat dinner at Subway. And Subway’s Tuna sandwich was the best sandwich that I ever experienced.

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

Beomsu: Several days before I came here, I asked to my host mom about the current temperature of Alaska. And my host mom replied to tell me it is fall in Alaska. So I prepared “fall” clothes. And when I arrived at New York, It was exactly end of summer. So I simply thought it will be fall in Alaska. But after New York orientation when I arrived in Alaska, it was so COLD and my host dad was wearing yellow slim down jacket. And on the way to their home, I could see the snow on the mountain. My host parents told me that snowing on the mountain means the start of fall. It’s 6~8 degrees C in the morning right now. People wear shorts and T-shirts. Oh my days. Still, I cannot believe it.

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

Beomsu: I shared my home country’s food culture with another exchange student this past weekend at a potluck party. I made bulgogi, which is Korean traditional food. It’s a kind of meat which is marinated with soy sauce and various vegetables. And with that, I prepared Korean rice which is stickier than jasmine rice. And I prepared kimchi too, but I just purchased it because if I make it, it takes too much time and I have to prepare so many ingredients for it. Anyways, it was a really nice experience.

CIEE: What have you learned about yourself so far?

Beomsu: Most of all, I realized that I’m not a child anymore. For example, I can arrange transportation or take an airplane by myself. Or I have to make my own schedule at school or everywhere. This means, I have to make my own choices, and at the same time, I have responsibility for it. Of course, parents or host parents are can be my mentors. But it doesn’t mean they can plan my whole life. So I think, I have to be an adult.

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Above: Beomsu enjoying an amusement park ride at the Alaska State Fair

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

MAY STUDENT OF THE MONTH

Meet Kurumi, our Student of the Month from Japan!

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Above: Kurumi at prom with her friends!

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

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

My favorite part is school because American school is really different compare to my country's. So everything in school is interesting and new to me. 

CIEE: What is your favorite American food?

Kurumi: I'm staying in North Carolina, so I love bojangles biscuits! Lol and poptarts are my favorite also. 

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

Kurumi: You can get anything from the drive thru, even the pharmacy. And everything is big. 

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

Kurumi: I shared about the education stuff with my host family because I want to be a teacher and education in America and education in my country is really different so it's good to share for both.

 CIEE: What have you learned about yourself so far?

Kurumi: I've learned lots of things not only the language or culture stuff but also the things I need to do to live in the society in the future, like everything is up to me, no matter what. 

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Here, Kurumi playing basketball for her high school.

Student of the Month

Meet Diego from Ecuador!

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Above: Diego enjoying Christmas with some new friends.

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

Diego: I like the school because we always have different experiences with the different classes but my favorite part is that sometimes I can play the guitar with some friends

CIEE: What is your favorite American food?

Diego: My favorite American food is the apple pie. That’s the best dessert in the world.

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

Diego: The most surprising thing could be the lot of shows that you can go like music concerts and entertainment shows.

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

Diego: I have share a lot of thing I always try to compare the American's life style with my country's life style and also we always talk about food or music or literature.

 CIEE: What have you learned about yourself so far?

Diego: That I can be very responsible and I started to take the best decisions for me.

 

So long sweet summer!

The end of Summer is a happy time for CIEE - full of student arrivals, first meetings with host families, and back to school excitement!

Check out a few of our favorite moments from this summer and share your own with us in our Facebook Group! 

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Cruising along the Hudson in NYC at CIEE orientation

 

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Selfies...or skylines? CIEE in NYC

 

They’re finally here! Host families welcome CIEE students on arrival day all across the U.S.

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