Pilar had to make a decision; have a traditional quinceañera or come to the United States as a host student.
Most girls from Spanish speaking countries are ecstatic to have a quinceañera, a celebration of turning 15 and essentially transitioning from girl to woman. Pilar was given a choice for her birthday; she could choose to have a quinceañera or come to North Cross in the Argentina Exchange Program.
“It was the right decision,” she said. “This trip will help me in my future much more than a party.”
Pilar Aguero is 15 years old and from Mendoza, a major city of 1.5 million in Argentina. She goes to Escuola Italiana, a trilingual private school in the center of Mendoza.
“School is very different here. In general, the ones who move from classroom to classroom are the teachers, not the students, but I like it because it gets boring sitting in the same classroom all day.”
One of Pilar’s favorite things to do is dance.
At the studio in Argentina where she dances Reggaeton (a popular genre of music, similar to rap), and free dance.
There have been many activities set up by Associate Head of School for Academics Victor. Lamas, such as going on hikes, cookouts at host students houses, exploring downtown, and sometimes just everyone eating dinner together..
One of Pilar’s favorite experiences at North Cross so far was the Lip Sync Competition.
“It was so fun to watch, I’ve never seen anything like it.”
When asked about what she would give advice to the future student coming on the exchange, she paused before answering: “Enjoy every little moment and don’t take anything for granted because it goes by so fast.”
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