Junior Elisa Hancart is a foreign exchange student from Belgium. She came to the United States to get extra schooling and to experience more of the world. Hancart turns 18 this month and has already graduated from high school in Belgium. However, in American schooling, she has not attended enough years to have graduated yet. Her motivation to become an exchange student was driven by her family’s hosting an Indian foreign exchange student. She said it was extremely hard to leave behind everyone in Belgium, especially her twin sister, Léna. However, she thinks that this year will be the “most wonderful year of my life.”
Hancart is passionate about fitness, just like most other people in her country. She enjoys volleyball, but she can not play for the Raiders since she has already graduated in Belgium. She does not have a favorite animal, although she has two border collies, Scooti and Beica, at her home in Belgium. People think that since Belgium is near Germany that most Belgian people would speak German, but some do not. Since she lives in the southern part of Belgium called Wallonia, she speaks French, but knows some Dutch. Hancart’s favorite holiday is Christmas. Christmas in Beligum doesn’t involve very much religion, play a games called ‘peanut’ where you draw someones name and buy them a gift and on Christmas Eve they spend “this time with all the family around a aperitif and diner.” She is very excited to see how it is different in America than in Belgium.
Hancart loves the United States because of our junk food and how much easier schooling is here. Schooling is Belgium has a lot more homework and tests and the teachers do not always help you as much as they do here.
In Belgium, Hancart Eats cereal, baguettes with jam or chocolate, pasta, sandwiches, pasta with vegetable sauce, meat, rice, risotto, vegetables that are rarely fried and salads. Only in big cities there are restaurants like KFC and McDonald’s. In Belgium, per a city there is one church. Which is very different from here in America.
Hancart lives with her two very supportive parents Aurore and Vincent, Léna and her 10-year-old sister, Ysore, in Belgium. However, in America she lives with fromer Laurens Police Chief Sonny Ledda, his wife, Beth, and their daughter, Emily, ’18.“Elisa has introduced us to many aspects of Belgian culture, and she has been living the full experience of an American high school student.” Police Chief Ledda said.
Ledda agrees with Hancart’s history teacher, Meredith Liner, who says that Hancart is “a very conscientious student” even with a language barrier.
Hancart is looking forward to see the new places and things that will come her way here in the United States.