I'm sure you've noticed a new, special student at our school. She
's going to stay here for one year and you all will get a chance to know
her.So here is some info about her. Could you tell us some basic information
OK. My full name is Kelsey Ann Woodman, I am 16 years old, and my birthday
is June 24th. I was born in Taipei, Taiwan, and I have also lived in Thailand
(twice), Tennessee, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Oregon, which is where I lived
before I came here. I have two sisters, named Kari and Katie, and one brother
named Kyle. They are all younger than me. I also have a dog and a cat.
It's not usual, that an American girl comes to study in Slovakia.
Why did you choose Slovakia, how did it attract your attention?
You would think that it's unusual, but there are 7 Americans from AFS
studying here, five of whom are girls, as well as Australian, Brazilian,
Chinese, Thai, and Colombian students. Slovakia wasn't my first choice,it
was my 6th (and last),but I'm glad I got it. I put it on my list though,
because it sounded like an interesting place to go.
What did you think of Slovakia before you came here? Were your expectations
Before I knew I was going to be in Slovakia, I didn't really know anything
about it.Once I knew, then I started looking things up on the Internet
and in encyclopedias. It looked like an interesting country, with lots
of old buildings and castles and also lots of mountains. I still didn't
know exactly what to expect, but I have liked everything so far.
Did you know any Slovak words before your arrival in Kosice?
I spend 4 days in Bratislava for an orientation before I got to Kosice,
so I learned a few words there, like "Dobry den!, ano, and nie".
But I didn't know anything before my arrival in Slovakia.
How do you like our school? And what about the teachers and students?
So far I like the school, and everybody in it. The school is much bigger
than the one I go to in Oregon, and you organize your schedule differently
than we do, so that was kind of confusing at first. The teachers have been
very nice about having me in their classes, even though I don't do much
or understand anything they say! The other students have been very helpful,
telling me where everything is, amd translating what the teachers say.
What would you suggest for better communication between our students
and foreign students?
I think the best thing is to not be afraid to go up and talk with someone.
Many people have told me that they are afraid to talk to me because their
English is bad. Don't worry about it! I love it when people start talking
to me. I think another important thing is to keep an open mind, and don't
judge a person on where they come from, but try to get to know them personally.
And for the last question: "Do you like Slovak boys?"
Well ...the guys I've talked to are nice enough, but they never come
talk to me like the girls do, so I am not sure yet!
- A Special Student Kelsey Woodman