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Student from China is far from home for her high school education

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A private, all girls high school in Buffalo has had a long-time tradition of enrolling international students.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with one of the students from China about learning in America.

"What made you come her to study in the United States?," asked Buckley. "I just wanted to experience the difficult culture and life," said Lisa Xiao, Buffalo Seminary student. 

Xiao, a junior, is now attending a second year at the school.  She's managed to learn the language and enjoys the deep discussions students are encouraged to participate in during their learning.

"Everyone should show their own opinions. Listen to the teachers and do homework," said Xiao  "I have a lot of friends."

Xiao tells WBFO News she is surprised by her experience, noting it is much different from China. 

"It's different," said Xiao. "I think we had much more pressure than America. In our school, in high school, you need to go to school at 7 a.m. and school ends at 10:30 at night," said Xiao 
Still, Xiao is far from home, with her mother and grandparents living back home in China. She admits she gets a bit sad, but she is able to Skype and talk with them directly.

"Little maybe homesick, because I grew up with my grandparents," replied Xiao.
There are approximately 45-international students living currently attending Buff Sem.  Xiao is a straight 'A' student and plays the violin.  She said Sem has helped her to grow her confidence and appreciates the experience. 

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