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The Benefits of Making International Connections

Posted by Brett Koolik on Dec 15, 2014 3:57:00 PM

Koolik and Friends at JKCPThe fun part about going to JKCP is not just the tennis, golfs, weekend trips, mall, or even the movies! For me, one thing that I always look forward to every year is the people. I remember when I first came to camp, I was really nervous to find out who my roommate was. I really wanted to get an American roommate, because I could easily identify with him. When I entered my dorm, my roommate was already unpacking and setting up his things. It became apparent he wasn’t American. I stood in front of the doorway scanning the room and said hello. He stopped what he had been doing, rushed over to me, shook my hand, and introduced himself. His name was Louis. He was from Madrid, Spain, and was interested in all of things that I liked! We were both soccer fanatics, although we didn't call the sport by the same name! Every day after his English class and my Tennis class, we would go outside in the quad area and kick the soccer ball around. He was a bit better than I was, so he showed me some sweet moves. Him and I were like best friends the whole summer! I slowly realized then that having a foreign roommate was the best thing that happened to me that summer! Not only did I learn a little Spanish on the way, but also I learned a lot about his culture. Louis and I still keep in touch to this day. Last summer, I was visiting Six Flags and I bumped into him! It was awesome seeing him. My friend group and his friend group merged and we spent the rest of the day walking around, going on rides, and catching up, and chatting with some of his Spanish friends (in Spanish!).

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