South Korean foreign-exchange student Bora Kang, second from right, stands with Hobart and William Smith Colleges representative Rebecca Arnold, left, and host parents Denise and Bill Theiss in November at Cazenovia High School.
Upon arrival in the U.S., Kang was matched with the Theiss family in Cazenovia. Bill and Denise Theiss, of Ridge Road, welcomed her into their home and helped her to assimilate to American culture and life in Cazenovia.
“Bora is a caring, insightful and beautiful young woman. We were thrilled when she was accepted, early decision, at Hobart and William Smith,” Bill and Denise said. “Rebecca Arnold, associate director of admissions for HWS, came to Caz High School to present Bora with a full scholarship in person … Hobart & William Smith has admitted a very engaged and gifted student. Even more importantly, a young woman who knows what she believes, stands by her convictions and always puts others first. Whatever Bora does, she will make a positive difference in this world. We are extremely proud and blessed to have Bora in our lives.”
Transferring credits from her school in Korea proved to be a difficult task, and Kang was charged with completing a heavy course load and multiple regents exams before being able to send out college applications. Kang and the Theiss family were very appreciative of the faculty and staff at Cazenovia High School for helping her adjust and excel academically.
Excited to start the next chapter of her life in America, Kang will look to graduate with the class of 2012 and continue to explore the differences and similarities her two “hometowns” share.
“The biggest difference between living in Korea and America for me, other than culture, food and language, was the lifestyle. In Seoul, I could go to school, [a] friend’s house or shopping by foot. If the place that I want to go is a little bit more far away, then I could take a bus or subway to get there,” Kang said. “Here, I have to ride a car wherever I want to go.”
Pierce Smith is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at 434-8889 ext. 338 and firstname.lastname@example.org.