Life experience seems to be the main reason teens are deciding to study abroad. While many American teenagers might disagree, the U.S. has an atmosphere that is appealing to kids from around the world. “You know how you’re always imagining your future and who you’re gonna be,” inquired Kristina Debsi, “but you don’t actually do anything about it? I said ‘Thats it, I’m gonna get out in the world and do something’. I wanted to make a change in my life.” Being from Skopje, which is the capital city of Macedonia, coming to Davenport, Iowa, was a drastic change for Debsi. “I live in the middle of a city and it’s always busy,” she said, “but I like it here because it’s a lot more peaceful and there’s actually nature.” In her free time, Debsi enjoys reading, specifically the John Green novels, and shopping.
Interview by Claire Trimble