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This year HHS welcomed foreign exchange students Caroline Duennebier from Germany, and Lucia Molina from Spain to campus. For both students, it is their first year as an exchange student.
“The reason I chose America is because, I wanted to improve my English and wanted to travel,” junior Caroline Duennebier said.
“The reason I came to America is because, I wanted to spend like 1 year in another country learning English,” junior Lucia Molina said.
With the students first time being in America, they see the difference of how education is approached in American schools versus their home countries.
“The difference in Spain’s education and Huntsville education is here is more projects and in Spain it’s more like you have a test and you have to study every day. Here everything is so different, and I like it,” Molina said.
“In Germany, one grade consists of 50% test and 50% oral participation. In America it is 100% of test,” Duennebier said.
For Caroline, another change in her education was having the same classes daily.
“The people here are very open and helpful. I like that I have the same classes every day,” Duennebier explained.
Changing your habitat and environment is a big change. Exchange students spend almost a year away from home. While the experience is fun, the students do miss their life at home.
“A big change I have made is being away from my family, I’m used to seeing them every day.” Molina said. “I miss the food, my friends and my family,” she continued.
“I miss the food, my family, and my best friend” Duennebier said.
During their time here, the students meet many people and make many friends. Someday they hope the return to their friends and make more memories.
“I would like to come back to meet my friends and to see some new places” Duennebier said.
“I would love to come back, my host family is so nice to me, and I really like America,” Molina said.

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