By: James Lamb
Name: Mercedes Zarich
Hometown: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Home Uni: Catholic University of Argentina (UCA)
Major: Advertising and Corporate Communications
Q: Is American college life what you expected? How does it live up to/differ from your expectations?
A: I always watched TV series from here and movies, but when it gets to the American university style, I thought that American universities were going to party a lot but it was not like that. You always expect what you see in television or films but it was not like that. They show really hardcore parties [in TV and movies] but they’re not like that, they’re just chilling. I compare it to the parties I have back home, and they’re [more fun]. Here, it’s like “Let’s go to a house party,” and it’s just like a couple of friends drinking beer, while “Let’s go to a house party” in Argentina is like dancing and music everywhere!
Q: What has been the most American thing you’ve done since coming?
A: Pumpkin carving. For Halloween, it was awesome. We went to a field to collect pumpkins. We had to measure it and weigh it, and pay for the weight of the pumpkin. And then we went to a girl’s garage from the Adventure Club and we carved pumpkins. It was awesome, it was a really good experience. Halloween in Argentina is just parties and costumes but here they take it to another level.
Q: What is a typical day like back home? What are some of the main differences to here?
A: So, before coming here, I had an internship, so I had to wake up at 6am, take the train, an hour train to my work. I went to like 3 or 4 hours [of] work, then take the train back to my house, have lunch, do my homework, and then at 5, I’d take the bus to my university, and at 11pm I went back. That was a typical day during the week. The weekend was more relaxing. Here, thank God I don’t have the pressure of a lot of things, but there is a lot of homework. So, the time that I think I spent travelling back in Argentina I think I spend doing homework. But here, it’s just waking up, going to class and coming back, have time, then eat, go back to class, and then I’m free. That’s cool.
Photos by: George Mullinix/KANSAN