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Meet Exchange Student Georgia Pearson

November 17, 2012

Georgia Pearson 
 Fulda Free Press Norma Dittman
Fulda Free Press Norma Dittman
Georgia Pearson
By Norma Dittman
Georgia Pearson is from Moama, Australia, population 22,000. She is studying as a sophomore at Fulda High School during the 2012-2013 school year.

Pearson is the daughter of Susan and Russell Pearson. She has one sister, Carly, who has just finished high school; and one older brother, Sam. She has been in the United States on an Education First Study Abroad Program since the 31st of July.

Her flights to get to the United States began in Melvin, Australia, then on to Sydney and from Sydney to Los Angeles, to Denver and then to Sioux Falls. “I spent almost a whole day on airplanes and then experienced severe jet lag for several days,” Pearson remarked.

“I’ve always wanted to see the world and this is the first time that I have ever left Australia,” Pearson said.

She had previously met host parents Brian and Sonda Kass, Dundee, MN, when they were on a trip to Australia to visit their exchange son, Dylan McLallan. Dylan’s family and Georgia’s family are friends and see each other often.

Pearson attends St. Joseph College which is her high school in Australia. Seven hundred students attend the school. “In Australia, our school day begins at 9 a.m. and we are done at 3:30 p.m. We have four class periods. We have a timetable that indicates when we attend classes for the different subjects and that timetable rotates every two weeks. We study seven to nine subjects per year,” Pearson shared. She also said that they do not have any sporting events within the school. Those are all done outside of school as clubs that students and others can belong to.

Pearson talks about her home country with great pride and stated that “The things that you can go and see are so very beautiful. We have the Great Barrier Reef, Ayers Rock, and Sydney,” Pearson said. “Our seasons are opposite of those here so when it is summer there, it is winter here and visa versa.”

Pearson’s experience at Fulda High School has been “very good”. Her classes include American History, ProStart, Year Book, Algebra 1, World Literature, Computer Applications. She is a member of the choir and plans to play girls basketball and probably be on the track team.

When she is not in school, she is spending time with friends, the Kass family, and her exchange brother, Viktor Toth. She also enjoys the hobbies of playing net ball, running, fishing, and painting acrylics.

“This has been a very good experience and I am glad that I am here for a year. Six months would definitely not be long enough,” Pearson commented.

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