Students from abroad: ’15-’16 exchange students

Natan Debatin

Senior, Brazil

How do you like America so far?

Since I was a kid, I liked America. In Brazil, we cannot choose our subjects, and here we can choose whatever we want. Like the movies, you know, they show the schools, the way of life. I was curious if this was true or not, so I came to my dad, “Dad, can I join exchange?” for like two or three years. “Dad, can I? Can I? Can I? Can I?” So at the beginning of the year, he took me and said, “Okay, you’re doing exchange now.”

Do you have any hobbies?

I like to hang out with my friends on the weekends, in Brazil. I’m a good guy. I like to study, to read.

What kind of books do you read?

Fiction, like I just read the Divergent series. My favorite series are The Divergent Trilogy and Harry Potter.

Finn Hanneman

Senior, Germany

How do you like America so far?

I really like America. It’s different in all parts. You have to go up to your teachers and they come to you. In Germany, we sit in a class with the same people the whole day and they come to us.

What did you think America would be like before you came here?

Everyone said you only eat pizza and burgers. I think it was one time with my host family I ate burgers. Pizza is right—we eat pizza quite often. And you have bread. Everybody said there’s no bread in the US.

What will you miss the most about Germany?

My girlfriend—that will be the thing I miss. Family, not so much because we say goodbye in the morning around 6:30.

Jasmin Zucotti

Senior, Brazil

What did you imagine America would be like before you came?

Like the school would be like it is in movies.

What will you miss about Brazil?

The food. There’s more food in Brazil.

What are you excited about?

I’m excited about the classes. We don’t get to choose them in Brazil.

Who is your family?

I have a sister that’s one, but in Brazil, I just live with my mom.

What are your hobbies?

I like to read. What we do here, though, is not different than in Brazil.