Foreign Exchange Students
Find Themselves at WHS
by Jocelyn Dixon,
Cierstyn Jacquin and Eric Jones
We wanted to shed some light on the experiences of Washington’s foreign exchange students by producing a story that details their struggles and successes in adapting to a new home in America. The process of producing this story was a journey in itself.
The first step was to interview foreign exchange students. We talked to our counselors to find out the names of all the foreign exchange students in the school. Then, we asked to see if any of them were interested in being part of our story. Vivien and Camila were two of our exchange students that were happy to sit down with us to discuss their experiences.
Next, we interviewed Guidance Counselor Katie Sandoval. She helps the foreign exchange students at our school, and she has even hosted a few foreign exchange students in her home.
We wrote a script that highlighted their trip here, how they fit into their new homes, and what it was like getting past the language barrier.
When we started the process of editing it, we realized that getting the right b-roll took a little longer than expected. We ended up getting pictures from both Vivien and Camila and live footage of them working and talking with friends. We also got help from our adviser, Ms. Turner, on how to visually show the multiple flights that Vivien took to get here.
We wrapped up with the rest of the paperwork, and then the story was complete. Overall, we were happy with the finished product.
We hope you enjoy learning more about our school’s foreign exchange students by watching this story.