Getting to know foreign exchange student Xaro Saelen


Elaina Forester

Xaro Saelen is from Belgium and is enjoying his year at LCM.

Marshall S. Braus, Writer

Xaro Saelen is originally from Belgium and is a foreign exchange student at the high school this year. The Bear Facts staff sat down with him to find out more about his life and his experience in America. 

Q: Do you like America so far?

A: Yeah, I like the good weather and nice people.

Q: What  is your favorite thing about school?

A: Soccer

Q: What is it like in Belgium?

A: Bowling, cinemas, golf, parties

Q: Is the food different in America than from where you grew up?

A: Yep, different specialties

Q:What is one thing you miss from Belgium?

A: Family

Q: What are the sports like in Belgium?

A: No sports in school

Q: Is your school different from this one?

A: Yeah, there are no little schools, like primary schools. Over there is six years of high school.

Q: What sports did you play in Belgium?

A: Soccer

Q: Is English harder for you compared to other languages?

A: I speak Dutch, which is like the cousin of English, so it’s not hard but not easy.

Q: Do you like being at this high school?

A: Yeah, I have some nice friends and my year isn’t over yet.

Q: What made you choose America?

A: The movies. I wanted to see if it was true.

Q: What are some similarities of Belgium and America?

A: Almost nothing

Q: Is soccer more difficult in Belgium then in America?

A: Yes, the level is high for work I have seen.

Q: What is the weather like in Belgium and is it close to what it is like here? 

A: Absolutely not – the hottest day in Belgium is like a normal day here in Orange.

Q: What is your favorite food you have tried so far in America?

A: Burgers!

Q: Is the culture different in Belgium than from the culture in the United States?

A: We are also Catholic, so it supposed to be almost the same.

Q: What do you like most about America?

A: Weather and the people

Q: What have you done so far in America?

A: Tried food, met people, went to a festival