by SONALI SAMA
Linda Wennerstrom, a swedish doll, has definitely left her mark on El Diamante’s campus. With her quirky laugh and personality, Linda can be described in only one word: Adorable. This week, The Dig got the honor to interview this peppy senior and we learned a lot about her.
First, being in America for a couple months now seems like a long time right? For Linda, however, time has swung by fast, she doesn’t even feel a drop of homesickness! “I try not to talk to my family a lot, because when I talk to them, I begin to miss them,” says the family oriented foreign exchange student. In Wennerstrom’s opinion, it’s important to breath in all of America while she is here. She left Sweden for a reason and if she keeps thinking about her home, she won’t be able to enjoy life in California. Along with missing family, Wennerstrom laughingly states that she misses the long lunches the most. She then explained to us that lunch in Sweden was one and a half hours long, and not only that but everyone there ate freshly cooked food in restaurants for free. Jealous? I know I am. She also told us that in Sweden, the school systems are very different; the students don’t have different periods for classes, everything is taught by the same teacher in the same class. Wennerstrom states that she has grown very close relationships with people as a result of the Swedish schooling system, whereas here, she is just acquainted with some of the 100 people she sees everyday.
Second, Wennerstrom would say she has adapted quite well in America. She loves the fact that the “city is so alive!” She never seems to get bored with all the opportunity and freedom here in America. One thing she loves about El Diamante is the school spirit. She enjoys seeing everyone at football games cheering their school on and wearing El D gear. That’s another difference between Sweden and America, she states. Wennerstrom also confessed that she is better suited for the U.S. because of her bubbly and outgoing personality.
Third, not only is Wennerstrom experiencing an entirely different atmosphere living in California, but she is also making fairly close friendships with her peers. “One of my best friends is Stephanie from Brazil,” she tells us. Along with Stephanie, Wennerstrom also reveals that Zoey Bland, Chelsea Marquez, and Julia Sanchez are her best friends here in America. This Swedish girl also states that she likes living with her host family, however, its hard being the only child in the house sometimes.
Interviewing Wennerstrom was a blast! She is so friendly and sweet, she brightens your day just by speaking in her thick accent. This Swedish doll is the perfect fit for El Diamante with the amount of energy and school spirit she contains (she was the mascot at the game against Central). She will most definitely be missed when she leaves back to her country next spring.