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Serbian student enjoying Hudson stay

Luka Isponavić

The Hudson Star-Observer plans to feature exchange students visiting the community throughout the 2018-19 school year. Get to know Luka Isponavić, a senior at Hudson High School visiting from Subotica, Serbia.

Name: Luka Isponavić

School you're attending this year: Hudson High School.

Age: 17

Grade: Senior (12)

Name of your family back home: The Ispanović family

Name of your host family: The Miller family

What is the name of your home city, and home country: Subotica, Serbia

How long are you staying in the U.S.?

One school year

What do you want to do after graduation?

I want to go to a tech college, maybe in the U.S. even.

How did you decide to go on an exchange trip?

I have always wanted to live in the USA, so when I found out I could go here for a year, I applied immediately.

Why did you decide to come to the USA?

It's a country everyone hears about no matter where in the world, and it influences so much, so I've always wanted to come.

What surprised you when you arrived here?

Everything was double the size. Cars, buildings, roads, food, everything.

What do you think of your host city?

It's truly beautiful, and with so many nice people.

What is your host family like?

They are super nice to me and very fun people, help out whenever I need something, all around great people.

What do you like to do with your host family?

They like to do road biking so I do that a lot with them.

What tourist sights and events have you visited so far in the U.S.?

I've been to the Minnesota State Fair, Mall of America.

What do you think of your host school?

It's a very beautiful advanced school.

What are some of the biggest differences you noticed between your home school and American schools?

A lot less of a workload in American school. A lot more focused work.

What are some of the biggest similarities you noticed between your home school and

American schools?

The people, no matter where you go, kids are kids.

What is your favorite memory from your trip so far?

There's a lot of really good ones but probably my 100-mile bike ride I did with my host dad. Completing that was so satisfying.

What is the biggest challenge you have faced so far on your trip?

Adjusting to the lifestyle.

What are some things you have learned about the U.S., and American culture?

Everything is bigger!

What did you learn about yourself through this trip?

I learned I can be hardworking if I push myself.

Would you like to travel abroad again?

Definitely yes.

What advice would you give anyone who's thinking about doing an exchange trip?

Do it, no matter how scary it seems, take that first step.

Do you think going on this trip has changed your perspective in any way?

Oh yeah, it's made me see how different the world over really is.

What will you do after you return home?

Finish high school and try to apply for college, maybe even in the USA.

Rebecca Mariscal

Rebecca Mariscal joined the Hudson Star Observer as a reporter in 2016. She graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a degree in communication and journalism. 

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