Liberty student details differences between Sweden, United States

October 23, 2012

By Veronica Austin

Veronica Austin
Liberty High School

Helena Frestadius Liberty High School

When asked what she misses most about Sweden, exchange student Helena Frestadius lists a deluge of delicacies — “my mom’s food,” she said, elaborating. “She makes meatballs, and she used to make these cinnamon rolls.”

Another longing? “Chocolate!”

Despite our comparatively bland food offerings, Helena has enjoyed her time in the United States thus far.

“You have everything in Target and Costco,” she said, surprised. “Everything is big here.”

Helena has also grown accustomed to the open, accommodating and kind Liberty High School community.

“People are so friendly here,” she said. “Random people can just say ‘hi’ and talk to you, and that’s not very common in Sweden.”

Deep into football season, Helena has proclaimed her love for the abundance of sports in American schools.

“I really like all of the sports you have here — American football and baseball — because we don’t really have them in Sweden either. I love them.”

Ultimately, Helena hopes to gain “more experience about other cultures,” as well as improve her already competent English language skills by the time she returns home later in the school year.

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