Many Woodmore students might have noticed a new face at Woodmore High School. Her name is Pimolpoin Jintarith or as others like to call her, Mo.
She is a foreign exchange student from Thailand, where she lives with her mom and dad.
In Thailand, Jintarith goes to school and attends afternoon activities. Unlike America, if students wish to participate in a sport, art, drama or other activity, he or she would have to sign up outside of school.
Jintarith also enjoys hanging out with her friends by going to the mall or going to see a movie.
Being able to speak English, Mo decided to come to the states through the organization YFU (Youth For Understanding). Jintarith first came to the states at the end of summer and stayed in Cincinnati. She stayed there for the first two months of her exchange year.
Being at a bigger school, Jintarith found it harder to connect and felt lost. In October, she left there and came to Woodmore, which offers a small school environment. Jintarith is staying with the Trumbull family.
“I love staying with the Trumbull’s. They are really nice and fun to be with,” said Jintarith. “My other school had so many people which made it harder to make friends.”
Jintarith is also still getting used to the changes from her school in Thailand.
“In Thailand, you can’t choose classes like you can here. You always stay in the same class with the same group of people,” said Jintarith.
Jintarith is excited about her new stay in the states. She believes that this experience will help her practice English and understand the American culture even better. Outside of school, Jintarith takes dance classes in Perrysburg and enjoys hanging out with friends and surfing the web.
(Article by Woodmore senior Jessica Canode reprinted from school newspaper Window to Woodmore with permission.)