Brazil Delegation Experiences Dallas

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Catherine L. '18, Assistant Editor

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To some, Brazil might seem like a world away. With a language barrier and different cultures it appears completely foreign; however, the delegates from Ursuline’s sister school, Colegio Santa Ursula, show that we are actually more alike than we are different.

Unlike most of our sister schools around the world, Colegio Santa Ursula, is co-ed and on September 17 we welcomed Louisa, Ana, Mariana, Julia, Mariana, Amanda, and Vincenso with welcome arms.

Upon arriving on Texas soil they were greeted with southern hospitality and treated to a classic Tex-Mex meal at El Fenix. Surprisingly, they were not fond of guacamole and refried beans, saying that many of the dishes were “too spicy.” However, like any true American teenager, they raved about Chick-fil-a, Whataburger, and said that “the pizza here is amazing.”

Restaurants were not the only item on their agenda. When they weren’t trying the local cuisine they enjoyed visiting all that Dallas has to offer from the Perot museum, Fossil Rim, to the Dallas Cowboys Stadium. According Ana, one of the Brazilian delegates, “compared to Brazil everything in Dallas is so far from one another and the drives seem quite long.”

Luckily, the commute was well worth it. One of the most memorable moments was their visit to Six Flags over Texas. According to Louisa, the day began “hot as hell;” however, after riding Superman and Mr. Freeze dozens of times, rain poured down on them and “the amusement park became a water park!”

Although they had a blast, the trip was not all fun and games. When they were not exploring Dallas they attended classes at Ursuline. However, the American school system could not be more different from Brazil and was a welcome change of pace.

In Brazil, high school begins when one is a sophomore and students take fourteen classes each year. “We take all of our science classes every year in high school. Some of us also take two or three math classes,” explained Mariana. In fact, with the many classes they take they do not get out of school until 6 p.m.

When in school they do not move from class to class as we do, instead, “you stay in the same class room all of high school and the teacher changes every year,” shares Vincensco. In addition, students have scheduled tests every Wednesday, Friday, and sometimes on Saturdays.

With all the studying they do they still manage to have fun! Ana, Amanda, and Vincenso play volleyball, Louisa is a dancer, and Mariana is performing in a Broadway production for her city!

We hope that that our Brazilian friends enjoyed their stay as much as we did and cannot wait to see them again soon!

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