Experiencing High School in the United States

What do you believe would be the most enriching part about experiencing High School in the United States? Could it be immersing yourself in a different culture? Or maybe it is the possibility of the academic enrichment you stand to gain through the diverse learning environment? Let’s not forget the possibility for personal growth in areas such as independence, social skills, interpersonal skills, and many different areas.

Here at the English International School of Bratislava and American Academy in Bratislava, we are happy to offer this possibility to our students through our partnership with Foxcroft Academy, located in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine in the United States. Our student, Terezia Chadimová, recently completed the first of such an exchange and was happy to share some of her experience with everyone.

Academic Enlightenment

One of the standout aspects of Terezia’s exchange was the academic exposure she gained at an American high school. The structure of daily classes, with some subjects occurring every other day, provided a fresh perspective on learning. As she puts it, “The academic school life is different, mainly because you have the same classes every day, only some every other day.” This allowed for a deeper dive into each subject and a more immersive learning experience.

Terezia had the opportunity to choose from a wide array of courses, ranging from multiple art classes to various sciences and languages. “You can choose five classes, and each subject has different levels depending on your level,” she explains. The curriculum included Global Studies, IB Biology, Algebra II, English II, and Digital Photography, showcasing the diversity of educational offerings.

Personal Growth

Aside from the academic side, Terezia highlights the transformative aspects of living as a boarding student. Sharing a living space with a roommate, she discovered the importance of compromise and navigating relationships even when differences arise. “You have to live with a roommate, and it teaches you how to compromise and deal with people even if you are not friends with them,” she reflects.

Living in the dorms offered a unique social setting where Terezia found constant companionship and exposure to various cultures. “There are always friends and nice people with you all the time. There are a lot of different cultures from all parts of the world,” she observes. This diversity became an integral part of her experience, fostering a deeper understanding of different habits and lifestyles.

A Heartfelt Recommendation

In conclusion, Terezia enthusiastically expresses her desire to relive this exchange experience and encourages others to consider it as well. “Overall, I would do this experience again and I recommend it to everyone who wants to spice up their high school experience,” she affirms.

For Terezia, this 6-week journey wasn’t just about academics; it was a holistic experience that broadened her horizons, deepened her understanding of others, and created memories that will undoubtedly last a lifetime. Her story serves as an inspiration for those seeking to embark on their transformative exchange adventure.

Learn more about our partner school, Foxcroft Academy, here.

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