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Wellington Daily News - Wellington, KS
  • Exchange student brings game to Wellington

  • Mireia Salvador, an exchange student from Spain, is attending Wellington High School for the year.


    16-year-old Salvador remembers her nervousness about leaving her home country.
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  • By Rachel McGuirre
    The Wellington Daily News
    Mireia Salvador, an exchange student from Spain, is attending Wellington High School for the year.
    16-year-old Salvador remembers her nervousness about leaving her home country.
    “I had to get a plane by myself- that was the hardest part. I had only ever been out of Spain to go to France before this.”
    “I remember my first two weeks here I didn’t talk to anybody,” she recalled. “But people here are really open. Everybody talks to you, everybody is nice to you. The weirdest thing was people talking to me like they knew me forever.”
    Although she wasn’t fluent in English when she arrived in America, she says that her speech has greatly over the course of the school year. She also speaks Vasq, French, and Spanish.
    Sports are a big part of Mireia’s life, as she has demonstrated here on the school basketball team. In Spain, sports are played through clubs instead of through a school team. Also, that sport is played year round instead of in seasons.
    “I learned to play basketball from my sister,” she said, “and I learned soccer from my brother.”
    One of the hardest transitions to make, she said, was adjusting to the cultural differences. She noted that one odd thing about American culture is that we eat dinner much earlier in the day than in her country. “In Spain, we have dinner at nine or ten at night. We have a big lunch around two, and a smaller dinner.”
    Miriea hopes to return to the U.S., and hopes to attend college here on a basketball scholarship. She would like to become a pediatrician, specializing in the care of autistic children.
    She is planning to leave here around June 10th. Her parents are coming to the U.S. to pick her up- their first time in the States- and together they will visit other states before returning to Spain.
    “I keep in touch with my parents almost every weekend over Skype or Facetime,” Mireia said. “I love it here, and I want to come back next year, but I’m excited to go back to Spain.”

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