Finding Independence in Kansas

Every year ONW brings in a variety of students from all over the world. Gabe Calixto is a foreign exchange student from Brazil, and notes there are several differences between his home country and Kansas. “Things here are bigger and in my country we walk a lot and don’t use cars as much.” Not only is this a learning experience for Calixto, but the family that is graciously hosting him gets the privilege to learn about Brazil. “I get to learn more about Brazil and his country and culture,” ONW sophomore Erica Boeh said. It takes a lot of courage to come all the way from outside of the country to an unknown place for an extended period of time, but Calixto is hopeful about the outcome. “I think it’s more for the experience and becoming more independent.”