Lancer Link

  • Prom 5/12

  • AP testing begins May 1

  • Graduation 6/14

  • Orchestra concert 6/4

  • Choir POP show 6/1 & 6/2

DeSilva looks back on a year abroad

Photo courtesy to Barbara DeSilva

Photo courtesy to Barbara DeSilva

Photo courtesy to Barbara DeSilva

Madison Medina, Editor in Chief

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.

Email This Story

For many high school students, the anticipation to study in a different country is something that they must wait for until college. However, for senior Barbara DeSilva this opportunity came much sooner, as she had the opportunity to leave CHS her senior year and spend a year studying abroad in Belgium.

Now, almost a year later DeSilva’s time in Belgium is coming to a close, and she begins to look back at the time she has spent studying abroad.

“My overall experience studying abroad has been absolutely amazing,” senior Barbara DeSilva said. “I’ve met the most incredible people, seen beautiful cities, and adapted to a whole new life. I have learned so much about myself and grown so much in just eight months.”

Coming from a school like CHS, DeSilva quickly faced challenges both culturally and academically, as one of that main requirements of studying in Belgium was taking classes in a completely different language.

“Well obviously the biggest difference is the language,” DeSilva said. “All of my classes are in French and at first I really struggled to keep up. I also find that the rules are stricter and the classes are harder because the teachers aren’t as good.”

Although initially facing these cultural challenges, Desilva was not alone during these transition months. With the help of fellow students DeSilva was able to advance her few years of French class here at CHS into a new level of communication inside and outside the classroom.

“The beginning of my exchange was super difficult,” DeSilva said. “I couldn’t understand any french so making friends and talking with my classmates wasn’t possible unless we only talked about the weather or they spoke English. Luckily I have really nice Belgians in my class who were extremely helpful in the beginning, and academically was pretty much the same. Luckily I had some Belgians who always helped me out. On the first day of school the philosophy teacher asked me what the meaning of life is and I just answered ‘yes’ because I had no idea what he had said.”

Now as her time in Belgium is coming to an end, DeSilva plans on returning back to America, and again has plans to leave California to attend college in New York City. Even as she beings her depart back to America, DeSilva looks back on the effect her studying in Belgium has had on her, and recalls her favorite aspects of her time in Europe.

“I think that my favorite part about studying abroad in Belgium are the people that I have met,” DeSilva said. “I love my host family, my Belgian friends at school are amazing, and the other exchange students here are some of my favorite people in the world. I also love the fries and waffles too though.”

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

About the Writer
Madison Medina, editor in chief
Madison Medina is a senior this year at CHS. This is her fourth year in journalism and currently serves as the editor and Chief. Madison loves playing rugby, doing crossfit and enjoys spending her free time at the beach. She is excited for her senior year, and a great last year of journalism.
Leave a Comment

As a public forum for student expression, Lancer Link welcomes letters to the editor and comments on articles, but reserves the right to refuse inappropriate letters and comments.

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.

Navigate Right
Navigate Left
  • DeSilva looks back on a year abroad



  • Features

    Jack Wetter switches schools

  • DeSilva looks back on a year abroad


    Juliane is riding her way to the top

  • Featured Multimedia

    Mrs. Thompson makes change

  • DeSilva looks back on a year abroad


    Junior Alanna Thiede pitches her way into the University of Oklahoma

The School Newspaper of Carlsbad High School
DeSilva looks back on a year abroad