Q&A With Exchange Student Nick (Zhou) Yuning
This is the seventh in a series of interviews with the eight foreign exchange student at West Lutheran for the 2011-2012 school year.
Nick (Zhou) Yuning comes to West Lutheran High School from Nanchang City, China where he attended Nanchang No. 2 High School. Nick’s father suggested that Nick come to the US to study and Nick saw it as a great opportunity to experience a new culture and continue his studies. Nick is a very polite young man with a great sense of humor who loves to learn. He is hosted by the Terry family who he describes as very hospitable and kind. He has enjoyed his stay with them immensely and is grateful for the wonderful experiences they have provided to him. He especially enjoyed his trip with them to Florida during spring break where he got to visit Universal Studios Theme Park. He also loved the white sand and the ocean and the green, lush, grass and vegetation.
Q and A with Nick
Q: What was your first impression of the US and WLHS?
A: It is very different – especially the testing is very different than in China.
Q: What is your biggest adjustment?
A: Being far from friends. I do miss them but I have not been very homesick. I like the new experience. Also relationships have been hard to establish in the US.
Q: What are some of your favorite things about the US?
A: Grass. In my city in China there is pavement everywhere. I also like the variety of food – especially barbeque, all the activities that you can do and shopping. I have been to the Mall of America a few times and often go to Arbor Lakes in Maple Grove.
Q: What is your least favorite thing about the US?
A: Lack of good public transportation. If you do not drive, it is hard to get anywhere. The distance to travel from place to place is further and so is not easy to walk.
Q: What do you miss the most from home?
A: Family and friends.
Q: What are you most looking forward to during your stay in the US?
A: Continuing my college studies at Missouri State. I will major in marketing and hopefully get a job and stay in the US.