Brooks School Exchange 2017: Clara Sentongo-Lukwago

”During the April holidays, I flew from Botswana to Brooks School in Massachusetts, USA as an exchange student for a month. When I landed, I immediately felt the icy, bitter-cold weather. Driving to the school with Mr McLoughlin (the Exchange Director), I noticed piles of snow scattered everywhere. My excitement grew as my adventure had begun.

I was placed in a dorm called P.B.A and instantly made new friends from all over the world! Everyone made me feel welcome and my anxieties were put to rest. Besides the three vaccinations I had to endure, my first day was full of exhilaration and definitely set the tone for the rest of my stay.

I attended lessons and did homework and assignments, including a two thousand word essay on how Obama passed his Healthcare Bill. Though I knew very little about US politics, I was truly made to feel like a Brooks student. In the afternoons, I would play lacrosse with the Junior Varsity team. I had never held a lacrosse stick in my life, but the team included me in every aspect, even the matches!

I was not the only exchange student; there were also two Moroccan students, plus one from Kenya. I became very close to them as we got on extremely well and shared experiences at Brooks. We were taken on trips to Boston and New York, where we went to the top of the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge and Chinatown. At school, I got the chance to experience an American Prom; I can say I enjoyed more than my own one!

I had an amazing experience and when it came to saying goodbye, I shed a few tears. I have made friends for life and will always remember this wonderful opportunity I was given. Thank you MaP!”

~ Clara Sentongo-Lukwago (L6K)