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A Long Way From Home

Amy Herff, Crown Writer & Photographer

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Every teenager gets excited about leaving home one day, but envision living 7,252 miles away from family and attending school in a different country where everyone speaks a different language.  This struggling task is what life is like for Bobby Huang (9) and Neil Shuai (10). These new students are starting their high school experience here at Marian Central Catholic High School this year, gearing up to experience the life of a Hurricane.

Both students have attended school in China their whole lives. However, Huang attended a private school in New York last year. After spending their summer home in China, this year their parents decided to send them to Illinois so they could attend school here at Marian. Shuai lives with Marian Central seniors, Jordan and Savannah Dusthimer and Huang lives with senior, Amanda Radamacher. Neil excitedly stated, “I love living away from my family!” He loves the new place and situations he is being put into; such as speaking a different language everyday, new classes, and making new friends. Mrs. Hilton works with these students by helping them adjust to their new life here. She stated, “I’m amazed by the bravery they have by coming into a situation with an unfamiliar language and little exposure to the things we teach.” The two students very much enjoy living with these Marian families and love being out of their country.

Huang and Shuai’s decided to come to the United States for school to receive a better education. Their parents chose a private school with a uniform like the schools in China. The boys agreed that uniforms aren’t their favorite, but their uniforms back home are much more strict. “I don’t like wearing a uniform! It’s better than the uniforms in China though,” exclaimed Huang. In China, they must wear a suit, one suit for warmer weather and one for colder weather. The uniforms include a sweater, collared shirt, and pants.

Huang enjoys that in U.S. schools focus on the whole person rather than just the academic side of a person. He likes how a person’s interests and personality defines them rather than just their letter grade. Huang enjoys art, especially drawing and video games, while Shuai enjoys sports including basketball and swimming.

The students have little to no knowledge of Christianity, so theology class is another struggle for these exchange students. Neither Huang nor Shuai are Catholic and the whole religion is very new to them. History or math, which is the same in every country, they have some knowledge on from their previous school, but neither boy has any experience in a theology class. Huang also mentioned that he wants to try to become Christian since he never had the opportunity back home. The theology classes Marian offers and the local priests will help him with this so that he can learn about the faith and how he can convert to Christianity.

Marian has given these students a great opportunity to learn about faith and allow them to be apart of something very special. We are very happy to have Huang and Shuai here joining our Hurricane family and they are happy here as well! Hopefully, we can teach them something new, in addition to our students learning more about cultures outside of our Marian halls. Marian hopes to have more exchange students here in the future!

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