Viva Italia! Skyline student learns American culture

October 23, 2012

By Sampurna Basu

Sampurna Basu
Skyline High School

Pietro Lodovichi Skyline High School

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.”

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2 Responses to “Viva Italia! Skyline student learns American culture”

  1. Beatrice Fendrich on October 27th, 2012 6:36 am

    I was very interested in reading your comments about the differences in culture and attitudes. Could you possibly tell me which school you are attending In Pisa. I am an American, who is presently teaching in Latvia–I would like to teach in Italy, perhaps even Pisa I, myself, see the differences in culture and I, too, see many differences. Latvia is a comparatively young country and in many ways finds it difficult to separate the Socialist values and ideals with which they had to cope with. In this regard, America is an old country and I agree, I honor and value the respect which students show their teachers–which many students in some schools in America have forgotten. However, all is not one-sided. Some of the instructors have also accepted a laissez-faire attitude and this is reflected upon the students.
    Thank you for sharing.

  2. cindy Jarvis on October 27th, 2012 1:59 pm

    As hosts parents of Pietro I have to say the experience for us is very enriching. Learning about the Italian culture, schools and universities in Pisa. We are very excited to go visit Pietro and his family in Italy next year. This will definately be a life long relationship and one of our best experiences as well. Viva Italia!

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