We made new friends!
Recently, our class had a Skype session with a job organization skills class from Guernsey, an English island in the English Channel off of the coast of France. Our session was quite fascinating and many things were said about both our culture and theirs. After the Skype session, the girls gave us all their Twitter names and some of us followed them and some of them followed us. So where is Guernsey?
One main difference was that they were in college yet they were all the same age as us, juniors in high school. We further learned that their schooling systems are much different. They have private vs. public schools just like we do. Private school kids pay for their education while public schooled kids do not. Their school day starts at 9 am, a nice two hours after ours. They have Fridays off and have a summer break. They do not have sports in their school, just like Communications however their schools are much bigger having around 1,500 students. Their actual school life consisted of this:
- Primary School (5-11 years old)
- Secondary School (11-16) for this students must take and pass the 11+ test
- Students have the choice of “College,” the work world, or Universities (Only Universities are in England)
Concrete Jungles and Beautiful Beaches
Something interesting that was brought up was the answers to our question of Where would you like the go in the US? Answers varied. We got:
- New York
- New Jersey
- Beverly Hills
Leather and Lazy Boys
Another main topic brought up was the fashion of the UK vs the fashion of the USA. The UK seemed much more hipster and classy with their messy buns and leather jackets. They also said they wear “false eyelashes,” something us Americans only wear for special occasions, certainly never to school. They were much inspired by the Kardashians fashion as are some Americans. A huge controversy was how the guys dress in Guernsey vs. America. The girls in the class explained how the boys all try to mimic the most famous teen pop star in America, Justin Bieber. Many guys here in the US criticize anyone who even mentions his name. The girls said that the boys wear colored “skinnies” and converse and also vans which are popular in the US. The girls in our American class then realized how lazy the guys in America are. The guys in the UK dress preppy and try to impress girls where as the guys here wear a total of five different t-shirts, three pairs of jeans, and the same shoes and hats everyday.
Our Skype session with Guernsey was very interesting and an experience very much worth it. It was so strange knowing that on our screen were people living a completely different life halfway around the world. They were fun and much like any teenager in the US. Although there were major differences in slang, clothing, and schooling they seemed to like the same Social Media websites, music, and TV shows as American teenagers. Besides culture differences, kids will be kids, boys will be boys, and teenagers will be teenagers. Don’t you agree?
The Guernsey Class