A home away from home

New Zealander exchange student discusses life in Texas

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Foreign exchange student Georgia Harris and her friends in New Zealand

Foreign exchange student Georgia Harris and her friends in New Zealand

Foreign exchange student Georgia Harris and her friends in New Zealand

Georgia Harris, Reporter

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As you may or may not know, around a month ago I moved to Comanche, Texas from New Zealand.  As you can probably imagine, there are at least a few differences between the two.

One of the first things I noticed was the accent. Words are drawn out a lot more here and the ‘e’ sound is pronounced differently, meaning when I say things like ‘net’, ‘desk’, or ‘red’ for example people think I’m saying ‘nit’, ‘disc’, or ‘rid’ and struggle to understand what I’m saying.

Another difference which I absolutely love is that the food here is bigger! I’d heard the saying “Everything is bigger in Texas.” but I didn’t really believe it. I mean, the size of a medium drink here is the same as a large back home. You can also get free refills here which is strange to me, because in New Zealand you have to pay.

One of my favorite things that I’ve found here is Sonic. I find it fascinating that you don’t have to get out of the car to order, pay, or even get your food. We don’t have anything like it in New Zealand, so it still amazes me. I also love that I get to wear jeans to school every day instead of a uniform that consists of a blazer, kilt, tie, and black leather lace ups. I love that I can be comfortable and warm.

The best thing that I’ve noticed out of everything is how welcoming the people here in Comanche have been to me, and how friendly they’ve been. Students back at my school back home aren’t as welcoming to new students. I was a little worried when I came here, but everyone I’ve spoken to has been so nice. It’s been awesome.

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