In late April, Privett House received a new member, a young New Zealander on exchange for third term. Exchanges are a way for students to experience a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity while they are young. High school is a busy time and it is not always easy find enough time to travel and experience places that we have interest in. There are many different lengths of exchanges, but the most common is three months. In these three months you are fully submerged in a whole new way of life and the rich diversity a new community has to offer.
I talked to a couple of students at Brentwood that have been fortunate enough to be able to take part in an exchange overseas and asked why they thought it was important to give students at Brentwood the option of doing an exchange.
“I think it is important that Brentwood offers exchanges because it gives the students an opportunity to experience a different culture and lifestyle than they are used to. I feel that being put out of your comfort zone and having to adapt to new things in a foreign environment is a very beneficial skill to have and it will help me throughout the rest of my life” observed William M who spent just over three months studying in South Africa. It is one of those things he will never forget. It was very different from traveling to places as a tourist; you see the area from the view of the locals and it is a profound experience.
Rowan F, who is on exchange from New Zealand, arrived three weeks ago. I was curious to know how his transition has been into Brentwood, primarily because New Zealand and the west coast of Canada have their differences. “I've had a very smooth transition into the school. Everybody has been very welcoming and helpful. The community has welcomed me in with open arms making my transition very easy” quipped Rowan in his playful Kiwi accent. Brentwood offers an amazing experience for anyone who is willing to step out of their comfort zone and try something new. Traveling is such an important aspect of life and to be able to take part of one of these exchanges is life changing!
Noah H, Privett ‘19