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4,713 miles from home

Exchange students adapts to American culture

As the 2023-2024 school year kicks off, SHS opens its doors to this year’s exchange student junior Nicoeás Beas Stüde. Stüde traveled thousands of miles from his home in Mallorca, Spain to his new home for the year in Indianapolis with the family of orcestra teacher Thomas Wright.

After hearing about the foreign exchange program through his friends, Stüde decided he wanted to give this new adventure a go. Fortunately, Stüde’s friends in Spain made his process easier by making sure he knew how the exchange program works.

At first, Stüde was thinking about being an exchange student in England but was not able to go due to prices in England skyrocketing, so he and his family decided he would go to the United States instead. Since his arrival in late July, he has had nothing but a great experience.

Naturally, traveling to a new place with different cultures and customs calls for many challenges, but for Stüde, it brings more excitement than anything else. He is excited to learn about American customs and holidays. He hopes that his time in America and his year at SHS will help him achieve his future career goals.

“I’m excited to learn about your customs and celebrate Halloween differently …,” Stüde said. “Also (to) celebrate Christmas here and Thanksgiving.”

In addition to celebrating holidays in the U.S., he is also looking forward to continuing traditions that his host dad, Wright started.

Wright has hosted many exchange students over the years and has created a tradition of taking his students to New York City over spring break.

“The one place that all the exchange students want to go to is New York City,” Wright said. “I make sure that they have a good experience and kind of get to see it for more than a tourist thing.”

He takes the students all over the city to see historic monuments and popular hotspots located all over the city.

“(It is a) big city,” Stüde said. “(I want to) see the big monuments like the Statue of Liberty, the street Times Square and Central Park.”

Although the holidays and traditions excite Stüde and Wright, they both have their eyes on a bigger prize.

Stüde is an accomplished swimmer that has been swimming ever since he was just one year old. He hopes that his time in America and his year at SHS will help him achieve his goal of getting a scholarship to swim in college.

One of his main inspirations for wanting to do

Exchange student Nicoeás Beas Stüde in Spain photos contributed by Nicoeás Beas Stüde

college athletics is Wright’s son, Nickens Lemba, who is currently on scholarship as a track and field athlete at Purdue University.

Stüde has always felt a strong connection with swimming and has enjoyed doing the sport for as far back as he can remember.

“I’ve practiced it since I was very little because I want (to),” Stüde said.
Not only does he enjoy the sport as a pastime, but it has also inspired him to become a marine biologist.

Although the geography of Indiana doesn’t allow for many opportunities with marine biology, Wright believes that he can help equip Stüde with the skills he needs to get an education in this field.

“I know by us helping him to be very proficient in English (and) have a great cultural experience working with kinds of people of different cultures and values … those are all skills that are going to help him,” Wright said.

After Stüde’s year at SHS, he hopes to stay in the country.

“My plan is to stay here with a scholarship for swimming or return to Spain to continue swimming and try to come here again,” Stüde said.
For Stüde, the adventures that come with his exchange year in the U.S. are all bringing him closer to acheving his dreams.

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Simran Baidwan
Simran Baidwan, Culture Reporter
Hi! My name is Simran Baidwan, and I am a sophomore this year at SHS. This is my first year on The Journal, and I am a writer for Culture. I took the full-year Journalism course my freshman year, and I decided that joining The Journal would be a great fit for me. Some things to know about me are that I am Punjabi. Quick side note: My parents were born in a northern state in India called Punjab, so I am Punjabi, and the religion I practice is Sikhism. Other things about me are that I love to travel. So far, I have traveled to Canada, India, and England. I have also been to various places in the U.S. Over the last year, I have developed a love for reading. My favorite genres include fiction and true crime. If I’m not reading, then you can probably find me watching TV. One of my all-time favorite shows is “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”  I also love music. It is part of my everyday life from playing the violin, learning to play the piano or just listening to music. I’m so excited to be on staff, and I can’t wait to see what The Journal brings this year!

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