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5 Reasons why you should never become friends with the foreign exchange students

This year SCHS has had three exchange students walk through the front doors and live a portion of their life creating another life.  I have had the unfortunate chance of getting to know three of them. Sara is from Italy, Karo is from Germany, and Ann is from Denmark. 




Sara and I at a Badgers game.

  1. You have too much fun joking with them – When they first arrived and were fully immersed in the language, they didn’t always understand the jokes.  I remember when Sara first went into the woods with me. I told her that there were things in the woods called “Tree Babies” that would scream when people were near, which wasactually trees rubbing together.

    Ann and me at prom.

  2. They are always there – They are ALWAYS there…when you need them.  This year when my grandpa passed away, the first person that was there for me was Sara.  And the others soon followed offering me support when I needed them. If you need them, they will always listen and understand.
  3. You have to drive them everywhere – Since they are only here for a short time, they don’t get their license so they solely depend on you for rides.  However, they offer good company and deep conversations. And really bad singing-except for Ann. Sorry Karo and Sara, but it’s the truth.
  4. Two of the exchange students and me.

    They do all of the things you do – When I was in the musical it was always fun to see Ann and Karo try and sing the alphabet at warm up.  They could never sing the right letters and keep the rhythm and tune at the same time. It was so funny. And when I did tennis, Sara and Karo were there again.  They were trying their best and always having fun.

Me and Karo at prom.

5. They have to leave – Every experience I’ve had with them I will carry with me for the rest of my life.  I have found sisters and best friends. I was so excited when I became friends with them and all of the activities that we could do that I forgot that eventually, they are going to have to leave.  They are some of the purest and kindest people I have ever met. I know that they will be there for me even though they are miles away. The goodbye is what I have been dreading all year, which is the most important reason why you should never become friends with the exchange students.