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Student enjoys school spirit

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Ursula Gyekjaer

Ursula Gyekjaer

Ursula Gyekjaer

Gabby Lopez, Staff writer

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Watching movies about American culture is one thing, but living it is different.

“The movies (I watched) were about the high school,” said sophomore Ursula Dyekjaer, an exchange student from Denmark. “It was like you had all the popular boys and girls and then the not-so-popular students.”

Once at Shores, Dyekjaer has realized that Hollywood’s dramatization of teens is much different than reality.
And attending football games, including Homecoming, has opened her eyes.

“I liked it because of the school spirit that you have and that everyone is coming together even if they don’t like football that much,” Dyekjaer said.

When wanting to become an exchange student, she said the main reason was to learn more about the U.S. culture and improve her English-speaking abilities.

Dyekjaer said she wanted to be far away from home but not in Europe. At the same time, she wanted to be in a English-speaking country so she could better herself in the English language.

Dyekjaer said she is comfortable at Shores because the transition from Denmark was not as difficult since her host family, the Delongs, were welcoming and made her feel at home.

“I really like my host family because there are girls my age in the family. They are really nice, and I get along with them really well,” Dyekjaer said.

Starting the year on a great note, Dyekjaer is excited for the future.

“I love all of the activities (at Shores), and I can’t wait to attend more of the football games,” Dyekjaer said.

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