Ever since my dad told me the first story about his stay here on Nantucket as an ASF student 30 years ago, I have played with the idea of following in his footsteps and spending a year on the island. Last year my family and I went to visit Tim and Cathy Lepore, with whom my dad stayed in 1988-1989. One day, my dad went for a ride with Tim out to the moors. Here Tim said, “If Oline is going to Nantucket she should definitely stay with us.” So now, exactly 30 years after my dad’s time on Nantucket I’m spending a year in the same school, with the same family.

My name is Oline Sofie. I come from Denmark, where I live with my parents and my brother in a small city just north of Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark. My major interests are spending time with my friends, traveling and music. I love to go to concerts and I’ve played the piano for the past five years; that is my favorite thing to do. This is not my first time spending a long time in another country without my family. I am a part of an organization called CISV that made two trips possible for me. The first one was a month in South Korea when I was eleven and the second one was a month during Christmas with a host family in Indonesia when I was thirteen.

For those of you who don’t know where Denmark is, it’s a small country in the southern part of Scandinavia. We are very famous for LEGO, bacon, Danish pastries, H.C. Andersen’s fairy tales, our monarchy, and the Danish landscape that contains absolutely no mountains. Go there if you haven’t already! And please if you do, let me know!

Now I have had my first week of school and it is very different from what I’m used to in Denmark, where we go to the same school from 0 grade until 9th grade.  After that we have three years of high school. In Denmark we have three different types of high schools: a general one, a technical school, and one that focuses on business. In high school you choose a package of classes, for example, math and music, language, social studies and etc. It was very different to come to Nantucket and all of a sudden have a buffet of classes to choose from. Another difference about school is sports. Wow, you guys are dedicated to school sports! In Denmark we don’t even have school sport. Instead we do it in clubs that are not part of the school system. Depending on how ambitious you are, training hours can differ from one or two times a week to the amount of hours you spend here. Maybe that’s one of the reasons you do better than we do in most sports, apart from soccer where I’m pretty sure we can beat you most of the time.

I’ve seen my very first football game, which was quite an experience. The rules aren’t clear for me yet, but it was fun! This sport I know that we are really poor at in Denmark.

One thing that I really like about Americans is their kindness and openness in terms of other people. Ever since I got here I’ve only met nice people – I have had the best welcome I could have wished for. Thank you all!


By Oline Munkholm Roth

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