Welcome to America
Kendi Davis Staff Reporter
Kendi Davis Staff Reporter

Jenny Fidje is a foreign exchange student from Norway, over 4,000 miles away! When asked what about her favorite tourist spot Jenny replied, “New Orleans because of the history and the cool houses.” The most interesting thing she has done in Mobile is dressing up as part of Fruit of the Loom for Halloween, starting Cross Country at Baker and experiencing running in our humid climate. So far, Jenny’s favorite American food is Krispy Kreme doughnuts because they are sweet and fried, which makes her realize how easy it is for Americans to be unhealthy. Panera Bread and Newk’s top her favorite restaurant list. She misses food from Norway the most.

Some differences between Norway and America are that people are always busy and work daily, whereas in Norway, she only worked two or three days out of the week and got the rest of the week off.  Norwegian school life also allows children to leave when sick or if they have an appointment by simply asking a teacher to leave instead of having a parent note. Norwegian students do not follow a block schedule; their classes are forty-five minutes long with 5-10 minute breaks between each period. Students get a 50 minute lunch break, and are taught 7-8 subjects a week so every day is not the same. A typical school day does not start until 8AM and ends at 1:45PM: if teachers do not show up to class, the students get the class off. They also do not wear uniforms and call their teachers by their first name. There are many similarities between Norway and America, but I am sure many of us would love to have school the way that Norwegians do!


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