Exchange student: Francesco Carella

March 25, 2014

By Jacob Brunette

“The food sucks here,” said Francesco Carella, when asked about what he saw as some of the major differences between the United States and his home.

Carella is an Italian exchange student attending Issaquah High School this year. In a recent interview about living abroad, food was the first thing that came to mind.

Jacob Brunette Issaquah High School

Jacob Brunette
Issaquah High School

Besides the food, Carella’s opinion of the U.S. was mostly positive.

“People here are very open, and I like that,” he said. “There is more tolerance and multiculturalism, which is good.”

School initially was a bit of a struggle for Carella. In Italy, students stay in a single classroom all day as teachers switch rooms.

“I got to run all over the school to all my different classes,” Carella said of his first month here. “It was pretty difficult.”

After class, Carella stays involved with school through Issaquah’s Sports Med program.

“In Italy, I volunteer as an EMT,” he said, “and I can keep doing that kind of stuff here with Sports Med.”

He also fences at the Washington Fencing Academy, after fencing for six years in Italy.

Next year, Carella will return to Italy to finish high school and attend college.

After college, “I will probably come to the U.S.,” he said. “That’s my bigger plan.”


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