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Local students make a French connection

Students at the Albany Academy for Girls are getting a first-hand foreign experience as students from the Lycee Saint Francois-Xavier School in France arrived in the United States last week to live with American students for 10 days, with a scheduled March 4 departure.

On Wednesday, Feb. 23, Albany Academy students were able to meet the French students for the first time during a reception in the Auditorium. Students from the Albany Academies will be going over to France and visit the Lycee school in June.

For some of the French students, it was their second time visiting the U.S.

French Student Antoine David had visited New York City the last time he was in the U.S., and had gone to many of the museums the city had to offer.

In his first few days at the school, he quickly noticed how the school was different from his school in France, as students at Albany Academy are constantly moving from room to room for different classes and also how friendly the students at the school are.

They're very social and friendly, he said. "If you want to talk, we can talk."

He also noted that the teacher and student relationship is very different from what he is used to back home, as he said they are a little stricter in France.

"They're very authoritarian," he said. "It's much nicer to come to this school. The freedom is very different."

Abbie Stasior, an Albany Academy student whose family David is staying with, said she is trying to give him the most American experience possible. The first night he stayed with her family, they took him out to Wolf's 1-11 on Wolf Road in Colonie, and after passing by Colonie Center mall, she said she will hopefully be able take him to the movies.

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