Dario Roth, a junior from Switzerland, at St. Mary’s High School says school and the community of Sleepy Eye are different from his school in Switzerland in many ways.
One difference is that his hometown of Dagmersellen has less square footage than Sleepy Eye, but has roughly the same population.
He said that everything is in closer proximity in Sleepy Eye than in his hometown.
“There aren’t as many farms and the fields aren’t as big,” Dario said. “I think the biggest difference is that Dagmersellen is much smaller than Sleepy Eye. My country is smaller than Minnesota.”
Dario attends school in his home country in the next city where he doesn’t get to choose his class schedule. Another difference, he says, is that not every day is the same like school at St. Mary’s.
“It’s impossible to take 14 topics all in one day!” he said.
This is his first trip to the United States, but he has traveled with his family to many other states in Europe. He has been to Italy, Greece, Turkey, The Netherlands, Austria, Germany, Lanzarote, Djerba and Tunisia.
While his native language is German, he also speaks French and English.
Dario said that he became an exchange student to learn the language better, have new experiences and learn more about the American culture.
Dario has been in Sleepy Eye since Aug. 30 and plans to stay through the school year. At St. Mary’s he is involved in football and says that after football he will decide what other ventures he would like to try.
His host family is Tim and Jill Wait.