Students talk music
Rochester Students Reflect
below, RCS students reflect on conversations they had with their bothers and sisters in Costa Rica regarding culture and everyday life.
"Costa Rica was one of the most eye opening and exciting experiences of my life and I am very glad I got to share this experience with so many great people. One thing we focused on during the trip, especially while visiting the high school, was the entertainment aspect of Costa Rica and the kids who live there. I learned that many of the students are very similar to us in many aspects. They listen to many popular American songs as well as Spanish songs. Many of them enjoyed the Spanish rapper Bad Bunny. Another hit was Despacito which is very popular in America. Also, to listen to their music they use the same apps on their phones such as spotify and soundcloud. Another thing they have in common with us is that during their free time they like to hang out with their friends and have parties, but they also have a lot of homework to get done. One difference is that they dance a lot more than we do, especially to specific songs with specific dances known to Costa Rica."
"In the two days that we got a chance to visit the sister school, my sister told me how their after school time consisted mainly of studies. In her free time, she watches Netflix shows and listens to many popular American artists such as Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars. During their break time at school, there is a lot more freedom for them to partake in any activities as they please including playing a game of foosball in the hall, playing a game of soccer in the gym with friends, or playing a game of ninja in the courtyard. Estefania also mentioned something about how the school requires the students to volunteer in some way that will benefit the community. Some students chose to take care of the many plants in the school while other students (including my sister) painted a mural in the area where they eat lunch. As far as extracurriculars and sports go, the school has one official dance team and a music club but no competitive sports such as basketball or soccer."
"A popular pastime mentioned by my partner, Darien, was the sport soccer. Besides playing soccer in his free time, for entertainment he listens to music or goes to a party once in a while. He also said there is not much free time when he gets home from school because he has a lot of homework to finish. For the most part their free time is very similar to an American's free time."