By Editor’s Note: Once again this year, members of the Eastwood community have opened their homes to foreign exchange students. Through their involvement in school activities, the six students who make their home in the Eastwood community this year will share customs of their home countries so that Eastwood students can understand the world. In this issue, two students are profiled.
Tim Heinzelmann came to Eastwood from Baden-Württemberg, Germany and is staying with the Baugher family during his time in America.
Heinzelmann decided to become a foreign exchange student to learn better English and experience new things. His favorite thing about America is the food but does not like having to drive everywhere instead of walking.
The biggest difference from Heinzelmann’s school back home is the longer days and having the same subjects every day of the week. His favorite class is American History and his least favorite is English because it is difficult for him to understand.
He is very active in Eastwood athletics by playing on the varsity soccer team. He also hopes to be on the basketball team, and looks forward to taking part in track and field this upcoming spring. Heinzelmann is looking forward to attending the school dances and learning to speak better English.
Ploy Ketkalayarat came to Eastwood High School from Thailand and is staying with the Corns family while in America.
Ketkalayarat decided to become a foreign exchange student at Eastwood High school to learn better English and meet new people.
One of her favorite things about America is going to bon fires with her new friends. Although she is enjoying her time in America, she misses eating Thai food every day.
Eastwood is very different from her school back home from the education to the sports teams. At her school in Thailand they are required to wear uniforms.
When asked what her favorite and least favorite classes were, Ketkalayarat said, “My favorite class is math, and my least favorite is English because it is so hard.”
She is looking forward to basketball season, Cedar Point-Halloweekends, Christmas, snow, and visiting Florida over spring break with the Corns family.
Laura Mlinaric came to Eastwood from Croatia and is staying with the Hilt family while attending Eastwood.
Mlinaric’s favorite thing about America is the people but does not like having to drive everywhere and all of the fast food.
The biggest difference between her school back home and Eastwood is all the sports. Her favorite class is Business Foundations and least favorite class is English.
When asked how she is liking the school year so far she added, “The teachers here are great! They are nice, friendly, funny, and you can always ask them what you want.”
Laura says that she loves America and is excited to meet new people and visit Chicago and Florida.
(Reprinted with permission from The Eagle’s Eye, an Eastwood student publication)