She traveled 4,645 miles from Luxembourg to Crete

Q&A with foreign exchange student Marie Hedo, from Mersch, Luxembourg

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Crete High can boast a student body rich in cultures and students who have traveled great distances to be members of the community and school; traveling 4,645 miles from Luxembourg as a foreign exchange student to experience an American education is an adventure one new student, Marie Hedo, embarked upon in August to soon return home in December.

Calling herself a Crete Cardinal for one semester, she is learning more about American culture, all that Nebraska has to offer, and the things that make Crete High unique in so many ways.

Luxembourg is a small country which shares its borders with Germany, France, and Belgium.  Coming from Europe, Hedo is now a sophomore at Crete High but a junior back in Luxembourg. She has found many similarities and differences between her school back home and CHS.

Sophomore Marie Hedo traveled from Luxembourg to Crete to experience an American education for a semester.  She will return home in December when she will be a junior in her school.

Sophomore Marie Hedo traveled from Luxembourg to Crete to experience an American education for a semester. She will return home in December when she will be a junior in her school.

 

What is your favorite thing about America since you got here?

“The people are very friendly.”

 

What do you like about Crete High School?

“People are very friendly and it has more extracurricular activities and sports than my school back home.”

 

What are some similarities about Crete High and your school back home?

“We have the same classes and subjects.”

 

What is something strange you’ve experienced?

“Seeing everybody drive is really weird because back home we can start driving when we are 17.”

 

What’s the funniest experience you’ve been through since you’ve gotten here?

“Nobody knowing where Luxembourg is.”

Hedo comes from the country of Luxembourg in Europe.  Many CHS students have been educated about her culture as she learns more about Crete, Nebraska, USA.

Hedo comes from the country of Luxembourg in Europe. Many CHS students have been educated about her culture as she learns more about Crete, Nebraska, USA.

 

Is this your first time being in the United States?

“Yes”

 

What other countries have you been to?

“I’ve been to Spain, Italy, France, Canada and Africa.”

 

What languages do you speak?

“I speak German, Luxembourgish, French, English and I’m starting to learn Spanish.”

 

If you could tell Americans three things about your culture what would they be?

“We eat a lot of potatoes, Luxembourg is a very small country and our culture is very diverse.”

 

How is Crete High School different from your school in Luxembourg?

“We don’t change rooms, we stay in the same classroom with the same people. The teachers are the ones that move to different classrooms.”

 

Why did you become a foreign exchange student?

“My older sister was a foreign exchange student and she really enjoyed it”
What are you hoping to learn from this experience?

“More about the adult and teenage American way of life and to improve my English.”

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