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A challenge is everything

May 4, 2023


Agnes Sorensen

I traveled with the cross country team to the Wingfoot Classic in Cartersville, Georgia. My life here has been different and busier than in Denmark. I have tried cross county, the track and field team, the Interact club, and the school newspaper.

In Denmark, sports as well as clubs have no relation to the schools. Therefore, coming here was a big challenge for me, but it turned out to be a good one. 

Something that might sound crazy for some is that my credits from Starr’s Mill do not get transferred back to Denmark. Some might think that I have wasted  a whole year, but I believe that I have experienced a life in a year. 

Since school works differently here I have had more opportunities to try new things. I have been a part of both the cross country team and the track and field team. Even though I am not the best athlete in the whole world, I wanted to challenge myself. 

I am not going to lie, it was both physically and mentally challenging. Being new is hard. Being a new foreign exchange student made it even harder. Though the beginning was pretty tough, once I quickly made friends it made the whole experience easier. It has taught me so much more than just being in my normal surroundings back home ever could.

My life here has been a lot busier than I was used to, which has been different. There are always practices, events, and club meetings. It took time to adapt. But now I love it, and the thought of going home is extremely hard to think about. 

There are always practices, events, and club meetings. It took time to adapt.

— Staff Writer Agnes Sorensen

Being a part of two of the school’s teams was harsh in the beginning when everything was completely new. I quickly adapted and started to enjoy it. I loved the team and even the school spirit that sports exhibit, which is very American as I usually say. People would cheer, support, encourage, and help each other. 

I was also a part of the Interact Club, where I got to know new people and experience an American club, which in fact is not really like the movies. 

Importantly, I have been a part of The Prowler. I remember before I left Denmark I had to look at what classes that I wanted to take and I saw journalism. I was very excited because it is one of my dreams. We only have one elective per year in Denmark and they are not as interesting as here. 

The Prowler has of course taught me journalism skills, but so much more than that. It is a room full of passionate and supportive people and a very encouraging adviser. Room 703 is a room full of different kinds of people and yet one newspaper. 

Even though it is very different here it has taught me so much more than I ever imagined. Being challenged is how you learn. It is how you figure out who you really are or who you want to become. Being in a different country is a great example of that.

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