The Paraguayan Perspective
Katelyn Tynan ’16
When I see visiting students walking around the halls of school, I always wonder what they think of us. When Tyra Ayala, an exchange student from Cristo Rey Asuncion in Paraguay, arrived in my English class with her host Ian Watts ’16, I knew this was my opportunity to, as she would say, “gain a new perspective.”
As Tyra attended classes, she noticed some unfamiliar aspects, for example, the resource periods, block schedule, and iPads. She also noticed that the American education system includes a broad range of topics compared to the Paraguayan system, in which students focus on subjects that correlate to what they want to become in the future. Tyra even mentioned that she would love to return to the U.S. at some point in the future to continue her education.
On the other hand, Tyra identified with class discussions because they were similar to those at home. Some of her favorite classes she attended were English 203H with Mr. Devine and Religious Studies 200 with Ms. Vanderpol. I asked Tyra if she would recommend a trip to America to her friends back home, to which she replied with a definite yes “because it is such a different panoramic view. You will see how other people live.”
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