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Senior Angela Campbell is enrolled to attend University of Missouri (Columbia) next school year. She enjoys the friendly vibe of the people there and the beautiful campus with the city of Columbia surrounding it. She explains that Mizzou offers her an on campus hospital which will be helpful to her, due to her plans of going into physical therapy.

“I got the Mark Twain nonresidential scholarship for living somewhere other than Missouri, and for having a high ACT score,” Campbell said.

She explains that there are dorms that are available for students that offer the option of rooming with other students who are taking the same classes and studying the same majors as each other. This is called FIGS which stands for freshman interest groups. She hopes to be involved with her major, health sciences and rushing a sorority in her college years.

Senior Joe Vath will be attending Carthage College in Kenosha Wisconsin where he has received a partial scholarship to play golf. His goal for golf is to become the best player on the team within the four years that he attends. He acknowledges that balancing academics with athletics will be a challenging task, but he is up for the challenge.

Vath explains the reason he chose Carthage and his love for the game of golf.

“I decided to play at Carthage because I wanted to continue to compete in the game I love…I have spent countless hours on my game to get where I am today, and I believe that my hard work will pay off in college,” Vath said.

Senior Austin Balinski will be attending University of Wisconsin in Madison next school year. Balinski feels that the school has a nice balance of what he was looking for in a school that he would be attending for four years.

“It has the nicest campus out of all the schools I visited, and has a great mix of highly ranked academics with good sports and a big social scene,” Balinski said.

He explains that he spent a great amount of time on the application for the University of Wisconsin Madison, which made getting accepted a big deal because it had always been his number one school. He will be majoring in chemical or nuclear engineering, which he was directly admitted into the school for.

 

According to Balinski, one of the biggest struggles for him will be leaving his friends and meeting new ones, since a lot of his friends will be attending other schools, although he says he is looking forward to meeting new people and making new friends.

“I’m nervous to find out how difficult the classes will be…I’m most excited about the football games and meeting new people,” Balinski said.

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Senior Mike Fogarty will be attending the University of Minnesota next year, where he will be studying biological engineering.

 “I’ve always been really interested in working with alternative energies, and that is one of the routes you can go when studying bioengineering, so I felt like it would be a really good fit for me,” Fogarty said.

 Fogarty enjoyed the atmosphere and the vibe the Minnesota campus gave off.

 “I felt really comfortable there. It had a nice social environment and good academics. To me it just felt like home,” Fogarty said.

 Fogarty also talks about his excitement to learn new things and to met new people.

 “I’m really excited about all of the opportunities that are going to be available to me in college, both recreationally and academically. Minnesota is also a pretty large school so I’m excited to meet all of the new people on campus,” Fogarty said.

 

 

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Senior Caitlyn Minnis has a full summer ahead of her before she starts her freshman year at Iowa State in the fall.

Being accepted into a summer program called Academic Program for EXellence (APEX), she will be living on campus taking three to four classes over a course of eight weeks.

 “I’m really excited and blessed by the opportunity. It’ll be great to get to know the campus and have a taste of what college is like before fall,” Minnis said.

 Minnis feels that this time will give her an opportunity to get to know her way around the campus before school starts and already have a few credits on her transcript.

 “[One thing I'm looking forward to is] studying what I’m interested in and growing close to new people,” Minnis said. “Also the Iowa State community is full of people looking to see you achieve your dreams.”

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Many high school students’ first jobs are normally things like a waitress at a restaurant, a cashier at a grocery store or a server at a pizzeria. For many it isn’t until after graduation and even after college that young adults start getting jobs that have a more serious status or a bigger paycheck. Some students at DGS, however, don’t have these typical jobs–they have odd jobs

DGS junior Anthony Calabria has been working for the package and shipping company UPS for six months and explains his role in the company.

“At UPS I do a lot of sales. I make labels to ship out packages that people bring in and if they don’t have a box I will pack it for them and find them right size box to put it in. There is also a lot of office work like printing services, faxes, making business cards and a lot of computer services,” Calabria said.

Calabria got word of the job through his brother and was immediately hired once he applied.

“I absolutely love the job and helping people. Everyone is very nice and grateful which is great and makes me happy and proud to work there,” Calabria said.

DGS senior Kyle LaCount also has a job that may be considered odd for a high schooler. LaCount works as a door to door salesman for the Illinois Energy company, which is an exterior remodeling company. He has been an employee there for four months.

“We specialize in going around door to door consulting people about exterior work they plan on taking care of down the line. I go around and set appointments (leads) for salesmen to come in and give them quotes on windows/siding/front doors/ any door/sliding glass doors/soffits/fascia,” LaCount said.

A friend referred him to the job, which he went and applied for and received that very same day.

“I like working there because it [has] helped my social skills. I’ve always been an outgoing person and have never had a problem talking to anyone, but now I can maintain an informative conversation with anyone whenever,” LaCount said.

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Moving in general is always intimidating, but the challenges that come with it increase tenfold when it’s from one country to another.

Senior Anastasiya Lesyuk moved from Ukraine when she was 10 years old. Previously having lived in a small farm village, moving to the United States was quite the culture shock. There are countless differences and challenges that have impacted her, including the typical family dynamics and traditions.

Lesyuk described some of the biggest differences in family interactions; some things are different than what we are typically used to in the United States.

“It is very family oriented….We live with families together, like kids with [their] parents even after marriage,” Lesyuk said. “Families usually don’t live far away from each other, they come over almost every weekend.”

In addition to families generally being much closer, certain traditions such as Christmas are celebrated differently than the traditions that are normally celebrated in the United States.

“Christmas is different than the American one. We don’t give presents on Christmas, but it is one of my favorite traditions…it happens during January and it is our Ukrainian Holy Christmas night…We invite our family friends that are Ukrainian and there will be a big table with special dishes…then we have a prayer and we celebrate the whole night,” Lesyuk said.

One of the biggest challenges that comes with immigrating to a new country is leaving behind everything–school, friends and family.

“I was in a really close family, and just leaving it all behind and moving to America where I had only my aunt…and I didn’t have any friends or anyone…that was really challenging [for me],” Lesyuk said.

 

 

 

 

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Some people have a hard time adjusting to changes that are made in their life, especially when immigrating to a new country. Food is one of the major changes from country to country.

 Junior Buchoy Boutros was born in Italy and came to America when he was 14 years old; he had to learn how to adjust and accept new cultural norms.

 With the transition from Italy, many things changed for him, including the food choices.

 “There are many differences in the food in Italy compared to the food here in America. In Italy mostly everything is homemade and cooked fresh. Usually families grow their own ingredients for cooking,” Boutros said.

 Although he has been introduced to American food there are a few things that have bothered him.

 “The food here which is usually called Italian is not Italian at all, but Americans like to call it that so it seems fancy. It’s usually just store processed food to make the person feel like they are getting the ‘Italian experience’ when really they aren’t getting anything but a cheap copy of it,” Boutros said.

 Boutros describes the personalization of true Italian food, and explains how difficult it is to imitate.

 “There isn’t really a recipe for cooking, most of the time Italian’s enjoy adding random ingredients as they cook,” Boutros said.

 Boutros has been in America for three years now, but still prefers some aspects of his home country over America.

 “I miss Italy a lot…I prefer it much more over America. The foods are so fresh, and I enjoy the small outdoor cafes that are similar to the American Starbucks, but [they] sell more than just coffee,” Boutros said.

 At times it becomes difficult and he wishes he could go back to native country.

 “The transition was hard and I often wish to go back,” Boutros said. “I do [go back] during the summer, but overall I’d rather stay there. But I do enjoy Olive garden.”

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Senior Migle Gvidyte poses on a beach with her friend in Lithuania, the country where many of her friends still live.-Photo courtesy  of Migle Gvidyte

Senior Migle Gvidyte poses on a beach with her friend in Lithuania, the country where many of her friends still live.
-Photo courtesy of Migle Gvidyte

America is known for its diversity among its people, foreigners from around the world are able to freely express their cultures while still being in an American setting.  Many of them show their culture through celebrating holidays from their home countries.

 

Senior Miglė Gvildytė, originally from Lithuania, had always found showing her national pride effortless. Gvildytė shared how she had gone to Lithuanian school and learned about her country and culture through schooling, songs and dance.

 

“On holidays my family still celebrates Christmas [in] our own ways … we need to have 12 meals on the table and have to try them all. Also with little things like singing happy birthday we would sing [in] Lithuanian even if [we were] in a public place,” Gvildytė said.

 

Katherine Callahan, an English Language Learners (ELL) teacher, talked about how her students still have home country pride.

 

“… I don’t know if it’s more so than an American student, but they definitely are proud of where they came from…” Callahan said.

 

“ … They do have a sense of pride for their native country they; also like living in America too for the most part,” Callahan said.

Altogether it seems that the students who have immigrated have pride in their home countries and show it by continuing to practice their countries traditions.

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Coming to a new school is hard for anyone. Changing a daily routine, being around new people and living and learning in a whole new environment.

Senior Sammer Abdelmalek moved from Egypt to the U.S when he was 15 years old. Coming not only to a new country but to a new school would be hectic for anybody.

“The difference between the U.S and my Native Country is, here it is more safe. We had a revolution back in Egypt and it wasn’t really safe back there.  The schools aren’t that good. There were even problems with medical care. But here it’s way different and better because you at least have rights,’’ Abdelmalek said.

English Language Learners (ELL) teacher Katherine Callahan explains how students new to the country learn to interact to U.S norms.

“There is definitely some things that are different from the social norms their country to ours so that is one thing we deal with, even if its how to phrase a question so that it doesn’t come off as rude. We talk about how to phrase questions so that people aren’t put off by what they say and that’s hit or miss again it depends on the student,” Callahan said.

Transitioning from not only normal routines and  norms can be hard to get used to but also how different the school is in the U.S versus how it is in their Native Country.

“The school here in the U.S is really amazing and it’s way better than my school in Egypt, the teachers care more about the students here,” Abdelmalek said.

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Transitioning from any country to America can be a daunting task for anyone who wishes to live here. The differences from food to the schooling system to our social interactions and the celebration of holidays can be very different.

 Spanish teacher Enrique Garcia, came from Puerto Rico when he was seven years old and had to make the change from his native country to here.

 “The biggest differences between the United States and Puerto Rico would include, in my opinion, [the] weather, food, customs, music, clothing and job opportunities,” Garcia said.

 Even with all the differences between the two countries the small similarities are what makes living in American feel not as terrifying.

 “The similarities include technology, education and family values,” Garcia said.

 Missing home once you have come to the U.S. can be a challenge for anyone that moves to a new place. It makes it hard to leave what someone is accustomed to and what they know for all new experiences. However it is possible that when someone moves to the U.S. they like it more than their native country.

 “I can’t say I miss anything about Puerto Rico as my family and I chat via Skype, Facebook, and cell as often as necessary. Therefore, hard to say I miss any one thing about the island as a whole,” Garcia said. “I will admit, I do miss the sunshine…that is the only thing I miss about not being on the island.”

 The major transitions between the countries are also something that many would be frightened of, but can be something that has a large reward.

“People who are hardworking and ambitious make anything of their [dreams] come true,” Garcia said. “One has to the love [the] freedom and numerous opportunities available in every field, and this country more than provides that.”

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To immigrate from a foreign country adapting to new rules, social norms and culture may be a difficult task to accustom one’s self to. Senior Baaba Eghan shares her story of immigrating to the United States.

Eghan immigrated from Ghana, which is located on the west coast of Africa. She thinks immigrating to the United States has become something more commonly done now.

“Young people are…capable of using technology more here than in Ghana,” Eghan said. “Resources in Ghana are limited. Most of the time people have to go to far places in order to get the necessary essentials for everyday needs.”

One similarity between the two countries is the value of education and that you are required by law to stay in school until you’re 18.

“It is important to finish school because it is one of the major ways people succeed in life,” Eghan said.

Another quality belonging to the people of Ghana is the respect for elders.

“Ghanians value respect from their elders. It is important that children respect their elders because they’ve been through life experiences more,” Eghan said.

Yes, in America you should respect your elders, but not all youth do.

Between Ghana and the United States, there are many similarities and differences regarding laws. Similarities are that the rules are the same here as they are in Ghana; however, in the United States there are more police and security.

“The rules are the same in both places, but I think the people who enforce the rules more are [in the] United States,” Eghan said.