EGHS exchange student loves it here

Kajsa Lilja is a junior and an exchange student from Sweden spending the school year in Eagle Grove. For this photo, she took advantage of the special ‘selfi e area’ that has been set up for students to use for the holiday. Lilja said that the schedule is much different at this school, and that she likes the fact there isn’t such a strict dress code as in her country. Photo by Les Houser

Kajsa Lilja is an exchange student from Sweden, and is taking her junior year of high school here in Eagle Grove. She is staying with Josh and Malissa Kudron as her host family. She admits that the ‘family’ atmosphere at this school is something different from her country.

“I love it here,” said Lilja, who lives in the capital city of Stockholm. “Everyone does things together here, and that was the biggest thing to get used to. It’s way different here. Back at my school I have to worry about a dress code and different schedules for the school day. The classes are similar, but just with not as many choices as here.”

She knows there will be a lot of emotions going on for her as she celebrates the holidays in this country rather than at home. “Our Christmas in Sweden is celebrated on Christmas Eve, so I’m planning on spending that time visiting my family on Skype,” said Lilja.

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