Meet Tuva from Norway, our Student Ambassador for the month of March.
1) Tell us about your high school exchange year.
I go to high school in Milton Freewater, Oregon. I absolutely love my school! I am so grateful for all the amazing people I have met here. I have amazing memories from football games, pep assemblies, noise parades, homecoming week, school dances, dress-up-days and so on! The American high school spirit is something unique and that is absolutely my favorite thing about my school! The American culture is just amazing. Getting to experience the Superbowl, Thanksgiving, drive-in-theater, the enthusiasm over sports, the best burgers, road-trips, camping, the beautiful nature…however, if I had to choose one thing it would be how open and welcoming people here are. Everybody here is so nice and interested in my culture and me!
2) How does life in Norway compare to life in Oregon?
My friends and I like to go out to eat, go shopping, have movie nights and have sleepovers. I love being in America and it is a lot different from Norway. For example, transportation is different. Back in Norway, most teenagers take bus or train to get around. While here in America, public transportation is not that common. Another difference is how the schools are. The classes here are shorter, we have the same schedule every day and the grading system works differently. I have done volleyball, basketball and now I am doing track and field. I love doing sports and it is a great way to try something new, meet friends and have fun. When I am finished with sports, I usually hang out with friends and/or family.
3) Why did you decide you wanted to go on an exchange year?
Exchange has always been something I have dreamt about doing. I read a lot online about other people’s experiences and EF looked like the best organization from what I read. I started reading on EF’s websites and I just got more and more excited. I ordered an information brochure from EF, and I think from that point I was pretty set on going and I was so excited. EF contacted me and helped me with all my questions and concerns. From there the process went fast and I started my adventure!
4) Why did you want to become an EF Exchange Year Ambassador? What kind of things do you do as an Ambassador?
I became an Ambassador because I wanted to be a part of a group with other exchange students all over the world, where we could share our experiences and work together to help future students. I have become a part of an amazing community with people from all over the world. We do a lot of different things in the program. One of my favorite things we do is make Real Talk Videos. The videos are honest and about our experiences in America. It is made to help future students, and it helps us ambassadors to reflect on our own experiences. I knew I wanted to be an ambassador after I saw how amazing and inspiring the ambassadors at camp were to me!
5) What advice would you give current or future exchange students?
Go for it! Going on exchange is the best decision you can ever make. You learn so much about another culture and you get to experience an American High School. You will make friends for life and get another family you will love forever. You will become more confident and learn more about yourself. You will make everlasting memories and cherish them forever. It is just an amazing adventure and you should definitely go!
Tuva and her basketball team.
After Tuva returns home to Norway, she hopes to continue her journey by transitioning from a Student Ambassador to a Returnee Ambassador (like Malin from Sweden). Check out all the ways you can stay involved by learning more about the EF Ambassador Program.