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Junior Asia Segattini decided to become an exchange student in part to advance her english.

Junior Asia Segattini decided to become an exchange student in part to advance her english.

Cooper Meldrum

Junior Asia Segattini decided to become an exchange student in part to advance her english.

Cooper Meldrum

Cooper Meldrum

Junior Asia Segattini decided to become an exchange student in part to advance her english.

Sydney Wong, Staff Writer

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Junior Asia Segattini is a foreign exchange student from Verona, Italy. This school year is her first time visiting the U.S.

At a Glance

Favorite food: Spaghetti

Favorite thing to do in Texas: Go to Six Flags

Something you can’t live without: Music

Favorite book: Paper Towns by John Green

Favorite place to eat in Texas: Whataburger

Looking Deeper

The Red Ledger: Why did you decide to become a foreign exchange student?

Asia Segattini: English has always been my favorite foreign language, and being able to speak it and understand it without any problem has always been one of my goals. At one point, I realized staying in Italy to learn the English that they teach in school it wasn’t enough, so I decided to become an exchange student and come to America. I also love traveling, and this is one of the reasons why I decided to do this.

TRL: What was the process of becoming a foreign exchange student like?

AS: I applied to become an exchange student last December. I had to take an exam to see if my English was good enough. Then, I had to complete an application where I had to write everything about me, and I had to record a video and write a letter for my host family. This is something that helps the association find the perfect host family for you. It’s a process that requires a lot of time, but it’s worth it.

TRL: How has it been living with your host family?

AS: Living with a host family has been crazy. It’s amazing how you can become a part of a family that is not yours in such a short time. One of my host sisters also attends Lovejoy, and she is like a sister to me.

TRL: What do you miss most about Italy?

AS: I miss my daily life. I miss coming back home after school and having my grandmother prepare a delicious lunch for me and my sister. I miss walking in the streets of my city and seeing all the little shops and restaurants. I miss taking the bus with my friends on our way to school. I miss all these little daily things that, for me, were routine.

TRL: What is the biggest difference you’ve found between the U.S. and Italy?

AS: The biggest difference I’ve found is that, here, if you don’t live in the city and you don’t have a car, you can’t go anywhere. In Italy, I used to get out of school and go for a walk in the city centre or go and have lunch with my friends without the need of a car or a bus. This is something I really miss.

TRL: Is there a specific class in the district that you particularly enjoy?

AS: I really do love my choir class. The teachers are just amazing and so supportive. Music has such an important role in my life and to have a period at school that I can dedicate completely to the music is the best thing ever for me.

TRL: Would you ever participate in a foreign exchange program again in the future?

AS: I really would like to. My host sisters want me to stay with them again next year, and they don’t want me to leave. This really warms my heart, but I do miss my family and friends, I do miss my city and I do miss everything that I left in Verona.

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