BMHS PrideTime Reporter
NORWALK, CT- On February 22, twenty-three students from Junten high arrived at the CGS community room where they met their host families, performed and had lunch together.
Last week, twenty-three Junten high school students from Japan came to CGS for the first time. They joined their host students in their second period classes, then returned to the community room to give presentations to most CGS students.
After, they had a pizza lunch provided by CGS with salad and cookies. At 2:15, the Junten students went home with their host families for their two night stay.
I went out and interviewed a Japanese student who was experiencing their first time in America and a CGS student who had hosted once before, but this was their first time with the Kakehashi program. This time they were hosting two students.
With Japanese student:
PrideTime: What did you think of McMahon/CGS?
JP Student: I think McMahon high school is very active because many students, Japanese studies or Chinese studies. There are very global things. I think it’s very good.
PrideTime: What have you thought about America so far?
JP Student: It’s very different from Japan, like for example the food is very different. American food is very big. Also, American people are very kind and friendly so it’s easy to communicate with others.
PrideTime: What do you think about hosting?
JP Student: Wonderful because if I go to different countries and go to host families, hosting is a good experience to learn different cultures and their lifestyles. Also, we can learn more about the languages and how to communicate with confidence it’s very good.
With CGS student:
PrideTime: What are your thoughts on the Kakehashi project?
CGS Student: I think the Kakehashi project is amazing. I think Traveling and seeing different cultures is really important and the fact that they helped fund and plan this trip is really cool. The students seemed very excited.
PrideTime: What do you think the Kakehashi project brings to CGS?
CGS Student: Obviously it brought a lot of excited students, a lot of them it was their first time in America. It also brought a unique and unforgettable experience and a different culture.
PrideTime: What did you do on Saturday with your student?
CGS Student: On Saturday, first we stopped by Walgreens, then we went shopping in the Stamford mall, them we went ice skating, and then we went to New York (Times Square) they wanted to go to the "New York" Starbucks and McDonald's. They also wanted to buy some chocolate and "I love New York" souvenirs for their family.
PrideTime: Was there any nervousness with hosting?
CGS Student: Of course I was nervous they wouldn't like where we brought them or they'd be disappointed because we couldn't bring them somewhere they really wanted to go (Statue of Liberty.)
PrideTime: What do you like about hosting?
CGS Student: I love hosting because I learn more about Japan each time, I get cool stuff from Japan and I get to meet wonderful new people and kinda see America through their eyes while they are here which is always interesting. My girls thought America was a little obsessed with things being "sexy" they were shocked at how different it was from Japan.
PrideTime: What is the feeling you get every time CGS hosts?
CGS Student: Every time I host I of course feel excited and a little nervous but mostly excited. I can't wait to have an eventful weekend and share everything I can about my culture. Especially since I'm black and a lot of the students probably haven't been around of black people or other minorities (Hispanic, Indian, etc).
PrideTime: Do you think the students that come here get a feel for the CGS community?
CGS Student: I think they definitely get a feel for the CGS community. From the videos we watched and then conversations we had. It's hard to miss how nerdy, crazy, and close CGS can be. I loved sharing our school life with them and I know my girls had a lot of fun talking to CGS students.
Don’t be afraid to welcome host students when they come, McMahon.