Unlike some schools in the United States, students at Vasavada’s school stay in one classroom throughout the day instead of the students changing classes. The teachers rotate classrooms to teach the class a different subject.
“We don’t have lockers like students do here, and we have fewer electives,” she said.
Although school in India is relatively similar to school in the United States, she said life in the two countries is not as comparable. India is divided into many states, similar to the United States, but not all of the states speak the same language.
India has a different government system than the United States; the government there is a parliamentary system which means that India has a president. The general public is not allowed to vote in the presidential election; that is left to parliament.
Dating is one of the cultural differences in India. Vasavada said dating is not allowed in India, but their elaborate marriage process makes up for it.
“My most memorable moment in The United States was in November when my exchange program took me to the state house in Columbus. I got to meet Sen. Sherrod Brown,” said Vasavada, as she reflected over her time in the United States. She has kept a journal throughout her stay to help her remember everything.
At the end of June, Vasavada will be leaving the United States and returning to her home in Rajkot. She said she has been having mixed feelings about leaving her new home.
“I am getting better at my English, and I am getting used to all of the American customs,” she said.
Vasavada has had a very positive impact on students and staff members of Conneaut High School. “She is always smiling and always happy; it has been a pleasure to be around her,” said Dawn Zappitelli, principal of Conneaut High School.
Students and staff members were very glad to welcome Ghata Vasavada to Conneaut High School and hope that she is enjoying her stay while she is here. We will miss her when she returns to India.