October 18, 2016
The eldest exchange student, 17-year-old Elizabeth Mukurazita,she arrived last January was excited to live in the United States. Mukurazita said, “It was one of my first options. I also was curious about Americans and how they portray them on movies and TV shows, especially in American high schools.Before coming to OHS, Mukurazita went to Medford. It was small and unique to her, so Mukurazita could make friends more easily.
Back in Zimbabwe, Mukurazita has a twin sister who has already graduated. She is also involved in their national choir. During the past summer, Mukurazita went on an 18 day trip down the entire east coast. After her one year here, Mukurazita plans to come back for a college education and attend St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, where she wants to major in marketing and minor in in music. One of the reasons she picked St. Joseph’s University is because her uncle lives there, which would make it easier for her, having a family member nearby.
Mukurazita expressed how much she is enjoying Minnesota, “I like the weather, the snow, the amount of shopping malls you guys gave, and I will always love the food. My favorite things are the food, MOA, shopping, visiting different towns, and meeting other exchange students.” Her favorite subject in school is human relations, because everything can be applied back to her life, and it also benefits her later on, giving her life skills that everyone needs. She also enjoys choir, because of her love for singing. As for the Minnesota winter, Mukurazita said, ”It will definitely be worse than last winter, maybe super cold.”
All three exchange students seem to being enjoying OHS. We now have the opportunity to get to know these girls and even befriend them. Be sure to make them feel welcome at OHS. Remember, don’t be scared to say “hi,” and offer a friendly greeting if you see one of the exchange students in the halls. Each have different personalities and their own unique ideas to offer OHS.