May 14, 2014

A world away from home is nothing for a future pilot

By Annette Tait

Brazilian exchange student finishing year at CSHS

amila Melo Damasceno probably couldn’t have chosen a place more different than her home if she’d tried. Damasceno’s home town of Belo Horizonte, in Minas Gerais, Brazil, has a population of more than five million people in a metropolitan area of more than 3,000 square miles. It is the largest city in the state of Minas Gerais and the sixth most populous city in Brazil. Built on a series of hills, Belo Horizonte—or “Beautiful Horizon”—is surrounded by mountains.
Damasceno has spent this past school year attending Center-Stanton High School through the ASSE International Student Exchange program. She applied to the exchange program because the experience fits with her future goals.
“I want to be a pilot,” she said. “They say it’s good to have a second language and experience in another country. And I know that, when I become a pilot, I will travel a lot and be away from home.”


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