Every year, Los Alamos High School hosts a group of foreign exchange students who apply through various global programs such as the Rotary’s Youth Exchange, to explore American culture in depth.
Srna Petrovic, an 18-year-old senior from Serbia, is one such student who views her exchange experience as an opportunity to “see how other people live in a different part of the world.” To her, being an exchange student means to “go somewhere where you have never been before and to stay with someone that you have never met before.”
Petrovic applied for the exchange program because she “loved traveling and exploring new cities.” Originally, Petrovic wanted to be located near the ocean, but despite the fact that she was placed in Los Alamos, the opposite of a seaport town, she said she has come to love the mountains and sunsets.
For Petrovic, the language barrier was nonexistent. Her proficiency in English, allowed her to observe the full swing of the American school system, as well as many different United States’ holidays, her favorite being Thanksgiving.
Petrovic notes that in Serbia, she has “15 subjects each year, which [she] cannot choose.” There are also no clubs or extracurriculars available.