What made you choose to go on exchange?
Exchange has been something I wanted to do for a long time; I wanted to do it to improve my English, but also to experience new things, meet new people and learn about another country and its culture.
Why did you choose Scotland?
I chose Scotland because I was curious about this country: when people talk about UK, usually they think about England, but there's much more! I was attracted to its history and traditions and I can't help to admit that I was said people here are really friendly!
Before you came to Scotland what were you expecting? Is it different to what you are experiencing?
Before leaving I tried not to have many expectations, because obviously they'll be different from what you are going to find. All I can say is that my experience so far has been much better than anything I could ever imagine!
What has surprised you about Scotland?
I was surprised when I found out the division that there is between the different parts of UK. Also, the fact that here there isn't all the rush and impatience that there is in Italy: they take their time and enjoy every moment.
Have you been welcomed by the Scottish people?
I wanted to write about Scottish people in the previous paragraph, but I thought it would have been better to dedicate one only for them. Scottish people are amazing. I have never met so many people who are so friendly, nice and welcoming. Of course not ALL of them, but it's normal. They are expansive and talkative, they are much more open-minded towards different recent issues and always try and help other (for example, in my school there are a lot of initiatives to raise money for charity). Another thing I noticed about young people is that there's not "popularity": everyone is equal and no one is more important than the other.
How is school in Scotland? How is it different to Italy?
School is really different from Italy. Here they change classroom every time they have to change subject, while in Italy everyone in the same class stays together for all the subjects. Also, here you can choose the subjects you want to take, while in Italy they're compulsory (and much more!). The average school day is from 9 to 3/4, from Monday to Friday, while in Italy we go to school from 8 to 1 from Monday to Saturday. Another thing that surprised me is that here all the books, the jotters, the school buses are free! In Italy we have to pay for them and usually it is really expensive.