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The News of The Blake School Since 1916

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The News of The Blake School Since 1916

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Exchanging Worlds

Santiago Prera Silva ’27 travels from Guatemala to spend semester in Minnesota
Exchanging+Worlds
Evie Chow

It was his first trip to Minneapolis and as he got off the plane he sensed that a great amount of wonderful experiences would make this exchange unforgettable. These thoughts floated in the head of Santiago Prera Silva ‘27, who came from his home in Guatemala to Blake. Prera Silva had heard his older brother’s stories from his exchange trip, and he always thought that one day he would come too and have his own experiences.

What are the differences between Guatemala and the United States?

“Well first, the weather. In Guatemala, in the center of the planet, there is not as much difference between summer and winter.”

How does it feel to live with an exchange family?

“Very nice because they’re like a family and you can really tell how much they like to have a host brother. My host brother, who is very supportive, and my parents, my host mother and father, who are very welcoming.”

And are the classes different? Or what are they like?

“The school itself is more different because it’s not like a building as such. For example, here this is like heated for the winter. On the other hand, my school in Guatemala is more open, you can go from the soccer court to English class and things like that. The classes are also with more students.”

What made you decide to come to seven weeks of exchange?

“My older brother five years ago also made the decision. He liked it so much and he convinced me that it’s very nice to come here to a foreign school.”

How was your experience, and would you return?

“It’s very beautiful here. The people, the class, and everything. I would like to return here in the future.”

How do you feel that winter is coming?

“I feel excited. On Halloween I saw the snow and all that but I had never seen snow as such and I am very excited.”

You had mentioned before that you liked to play soccer, how did you become interested?

“Since I was little, all my friends and I always went together to play soccer, and little by little I liked it more and I got to practice it and I loved it.”

How often do you play? Do you play for a team? A group of friends?

“In Guatemala I practice soccer from Monday to Thursday, and on Fridays I have a team and we are in a mini tournament. It’s a mix between my friends from school and my team, and the team with which I practice.”

How have you brought your interests from Guatemala here to Minnesota?

“The truth is that here I have hardly played soccer but I would like to play soccer on some team or something like that and be able to demonstrate how soccer is played in Guatemala.”

Have you learned something new or discovered something interesting that you are going to bring to Guatemala?

“Many things. For example, the weather. That it is very different and I used to complain in Guatemala that it was very cold and I am not going to complain about that anymore.”

 

Era su primer viaje a Minneapolis y bajando del avión presintió que una cantidad enorme de experiencias y vivencias maravillosas harían que este intercambio fuera inolvidable. Estos pensamientos flotaban en la cabeza de Santiago Prera Silva ‘27, un niño que vino de su natal Guatemala a Blake. Prera Silva, embelesado, esperaba con ansias oír las historias que su hermano mayor le contaba de su viaje a los Estados Unidos y él siempre pensaba que algún día vendría a conocer y a tener sus propias experiencias.

¿Cuáles son las diferencias entre Guatemala y Estados Unidos?

“Primero, el clima. En Guatemala por estar en el centro del planeta, no tiene tanta diferencia entre como el verano y el invierno.”

¿Cómo se siente vivir con una familia de inter- cambio?

“La verdad, es como muy bonito porque son una familia que la verdad se nota que le gusta tener a un host brother. A mi hermano que me apoya mucho y a los papás, a mis host mother y father, que son muy acogedores. Y me hace sentido.”

¿Y las clases son diferentes? O como son?

“Sí, bueno en si el colegio es más diferente porque no es como una, un edificio como tal, sino que por ya que no hay, no, porque por ejemplo acá, esto está coque climatizado para el invierno. En cambio, mi colegio en Guatemala es más abierto, entonces puedes ir de la cancha de foot, a no se, a la clase de Ingles y cosas así. También las clases son coque con más alumnos.”

¿Qué te hizo tomar la decisión de venir a siete semanas de intercambio?

“Primero, porque mi hermano hace cinco años también tomó la decisión. Y, le gusto demasiado y en, pues me convenció de que es muy bonito venir acá a un colegio extranjero.”

¿Cómo te ha parecido tu experiencia, y volverías?

“Es muy bonito acá. Las personas, las clases, y todo y si me gustaría en algún futuro volver acá.”

¿Como te sientes que ya va a llegar el invierno?

“Me siento emocionado porque la verdad, yo en si nun, pues en Halloween, sentí la nieve y todo eso y pero yo nunca había visto nieve como tal y me emociona mucho.”

¿Tu habías mencionado antes que te gustaba jugar foot, como te llego a interesar?

“Desde pequeño, con todos mis amigos siempre no juntábamos a jugar foot y poco a poco me gusto mas y lo llegue a practicar y me en- canto.”

¿Tu como has traído tus intereses de Guatemala aca a Minnesota?

“En Guatemala, no se porque la verdad es acá casi no e jugado foot y pero me gustaría coque e en algún equipo o algo así jugar foot y poder demostrar como se juega en Guatemala foot.”

¿Has aprendido algo nuevo o discubrído algo interesante que vas a traer a Guatemala?

“Si muchas cosas. Por ejemplo, otra vez como lo del clima. De que es muy diferente y yo antes me quejaba en Guate de que coque hacia mucho frio y ya no me voy a quejar de eso.”

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Camila Pardo, News Editor
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