Getting to Know our Foreign Exchange Student

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Our foreign exchange student for this school year is Shruti Patel. She is from Gujarat State of India, in western India, and traveled a total of 15 hours to arrive in Lisbon. Shruti flew from New Delhi to New Jersey and will be in America for 11 months.

In her free time Shruti likes to do crafts, drawing and painting. She also plays the piano. Shruti enjoys the Lisbon Blue Pride Marching Band and Niagara Falls. The highpoint of being in America so far is her host family. She said her host family is loving, caring, and supportive. Making new friends and exploring new places are two activities Shruti likes best, so this exchange program is the perfect experience for her.

Shruti said there are many differences between our school and her school back home. The schools in India do not have lockers and they stay in one classroom all day. They also do not have to formally sign in/out to leave the room. Shruti loves going to festivals back in India, such as Diwali and Holi. Diwali is the festival of lights and Holi is the festival of colors. Shruti is enjoying her stay here in America and we love having her here.