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JUPITER CHRISTIAN SCHOOL – Amongst the many new students that come to JCS each year, international students often struggle stepping into a new culture and education system.  

These students sometimes don’t know a lot of English and struggle in the new culture. I interviewed William Nielson, an international student from Denmark who came to JCS in hopes of a better education. William explains how he came here alone without his parents, but his friend was also moving to the US, and he says, “It helped that my friend was moving with me.” He shared his experience and talked about how there are companies that help people come to the US as international students, and how they helped him move and get used to the culture.  

Coming to JCS from Denmark, he overcame different challenges such as actually getting in contact with these companies and setting up how and where he would go.  He encourages international students to come to the US as “It is a fun experience coming to America.” But when it comes to helping these students at JCS overcome language and cultural barriers, things such as getting to know the teachers and seeing how the school functions would help a lot with giving them that first step into the American education system and cultural changes. 

 William then explained how the school he went to in Denmark was much stricter and how the staff at JCS is more willing to help and answer the questions he has. When moving here from Europe, everything is different from before, and it takes time to get used to the different lifestyle in this culture. Due to this change, it is very important to introduce international students to the school system before expecting them to already know everything.  

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Most of the time it is a gamble moving here because you don’t know how things are going to turn out, and as William says, “Sometimes you just have to try something new.” William suggests that an international class where these students can come together and help each other out and study would be a good way to acclimate them to the culture. But with many international students coming to JCS each year, it is important to recognize the barriers that they may face with education. 

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Julian Trzesniowski
Class of 2027 Student Journalist
Julian Trzesniowski is a journalist, a part of the student publications here at JCS. He moved here to the US from Poland 6 years ago and from then has been at work persuing a better education than he could have ever gotten back home. Living in Poland, he experienced the good and the bad of the community, and seeing how people can end up if they choose to go down the wrong path, he became aware of his friends and the ways they could lead him. Moving from Warsaw, Poland was very difficult for Julian, as he knew little to no English and was used to the culture that he was surrounded with in Europe. Seeking to fit into this community, he has been drawn closer to God through the many great teachers and staff at here at JCS. But as years passed, he began to miss what life was like back home, not knowing the reason why this change was for the better of his future. Over time, he saw all the great opportunities he had ahead of him and became grateful for what his parents had done for him. He then became known to this culture and soon grew into the great journalist he is today.
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