Viva Italia! Skyline student learns American culture
October 23, 2012
By Sampurna Basu
Pietro Lodovichi is Skyline High School’s newest exchange student from Pisa, Italy.
“I chose this program because I wanted to see another culture and open my mind. And since I’ve been here, I have learnt a lot,” Pietro said.
“The schools are completely different: American school is very easy compared to Italian ones,” he said. “Teachers don’t care about students wearing shorts, or pants, flip-flops or shoes. In Italy, long pants are required in school as a sign of respect.”
He also said Americans are very friendly and the culture is different.
“Italian culture has a lot of history behind it, while America is still a ‘young country’. The biggest difference I see is that here, all is giant: The school is giant, the stores are giant.”
Pietro said he has never been homesick and is sure he won’t be.
“I’ll come back next year, no reasons to be homesick,” he said. “I don’t like to compare Italy with the USA. I can just say that they both are great countries and that is why I’ve come here. I think this will be one of the best experiences of my life.”