Foreign Exchange Year in Review: Marlene Beck
Is your hometown similar to St. Louis?
Yes and no. Technically, I don’t live in the city. I live in a suburb like here, but it’s like we live downtown, that’s where we do everything. So I guess that’s the differences here, you don’t necessarily have to go downtown. And it’s a lot bigger here.
Is Pattonville similar to school in your home country?
My school had 900 students, so it was a lot smaller and it was kindergarten through 9th grade so we had a bunch of little kids. We don’t have team sports at our school. I really like that we do here. I love it.
Do you miss anything about home?
I miss my sister and I miss my dog.
Do you wish you would have done anything else while here?
I wish I would have done a fall sport. I don’t know which one, but I wish I would have been involved in the fall.
Are you looking forward to anything?
I look forward to graduating and my family coming into town and my birthday is coming up
What have you done here?
In the city, I went to the Arch and some of the neighborhoods downtown, the Loop. I went to go see a baseball game. At the school, I‘ve done a lot of things: play lacrosse, swim, prom. There’s a lot of things I’ve done here. I don’t remember them all.
Favorite Holiday You Celebrated Here?
Probably either Christmas or Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving because we don’t have it in Denmark. Christmas because I love Christmas.
Favorite Food Here?
Either the veggie burger at Syberg’s, so good, or maybe the Impossible Burger at Red Robin.
Least Favorite Class?
I really like lacrosse.
Favorite School Year Event?
I like Senior Night with the swim team
Creve Coeur Lake
Either prom night or when I went shopping at 3 a.m. with my host family.
I have a lot of them, but I can’t remember them right now. They’re on my Snapchat memory list.
Hardest part of being a foreign exchange student?
In the beginning, coming and not knowing anyone and you have to start over. That can be tough.
Rate Your Experience?
I can’t. It’s been amazing. Even when it’s tough, you still learn a lot from it, so it’s the best year I ever had.
I want to go to Wash U. Not that that’s gonna happen because I probably can’t afford it, but I have to go back to high school and then university. I want to major in political science.