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Q&A: Drew Ireland-Shead (10)

Drew Ireland-Shead (10), a foreign exchange student, works on a project in her Introduction to Journalism class. Ireland-Shead came from Australia to spend the semester in America.

Q: Why did you come to Indiana? Did you get to pick where you went or was it assigned?

A: I didn’t choose Indiana, my house family chose me. We just get to choose the country.

Q: What is different in America?

A: I went to an all girls school and the school was very small and very old and was in it was in the middle of the city. We got a lot of breaks, the foods are different, [including] more asian food, and we play different sports, such as rugby and water polo.

Q: Was it hard to make friends?

A: Yes. Walking into class and I didn’t know what to expect, but when I started talking everyone was super nice to me because they noticed my accent.

Q: What do you like most about America?

A: [I like] the people and school spirit.

Q: Was it easy to adjust to the school? Did people help you?

A: Yes, people helped, but it wasn’t easy. I didn’t know where I was, but everyone was super nice. In the beginning, I only knew where my classes were.

Q: Did people ask you a lot of questions on the first day? Did it get annoying?

A: I got the normal questions, and I got asked about kangaroos. Some got annoying because we’re not that different.

Q: What was the hardest change for you?

A: [The hardest change is] getting up so early and [not having to wear] school uniforms.

Q: What do you miss the most from home?

A: [I miss the] the beach and my friends.

Q: How do people react to your accent?

A: People really liked my accent and that was weird to me. [Australians] hate our accents we prefer American or British accents over ours. A lot of people think I’m British because some people’s [accents] are strong. I’ve learned a lot of slang and I introduced people to different words even though I speak English.

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