Foreign Exchange Student From Kazakhstan at NHS

By: Julia Sanders

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Have you met Intizor yet? She is one of Newnan High School’s foreign exchange students this year.  

Her name is Intizor Saidikarimova, and she is from Karabulak, Kazakhstan, which is in Central Asia. She is a junior and staying for the whole entire school year this year at NHS.

Intizor was selected from a pool of five hundred students that were a part of the Future Leaders Exchange Program (FLEX) and looks forward to spending the next eight months in Newnan, GA. 

One of Intizor’s favorite thing to do in her country is volunteering to teach “English to fifth graders during [the] holidays.”

During the holidays and breaks from her school calendar at home, she teaches groups of children English language lessons focusing on their speaking skills.

Something that surprised her when she became a teacher, Intizor noticed that many students were opting to attend her English classes rather than other English classes being offered locally.

One of Intizor’s students, who she taught over both winter and spring break, won an English speaking competition at an educational center in her home town.

After school in her country, Intizor likes to “study, cook, [and ride her] bike.” However in America, Intizor has been going to football games and reading The Great Gatsby after school. “Reading books [and] walking around” in nature are her favorite hobbies.

Intizor also enjoys taking pictures, and while in America, she plans to grow as a photographer and document her trip with photos.

Her favorite food from her country is palov. Palov consists of carrots, rice, beef and onions. Intizor’s favorite American food is pancakes and appreciates how easy they are to make.

While she is here at NHS, Intizor wants to join the Spanish Club, and she wants to learn how to play the piano.   

Intizor said she likes NHS and its students because “they’re nice and welcoming.” She said the students at NHS have made her foreign exchange experience more comfortable because they are friendly and “they smile a lot.”

Intizor said that she has enjoyed America so far, and she wants to be a foreign exchange student again.

She “likes experiencing new things like riding [the] bus,” because she “only saw yellow buses in movies.”

Intizor has enjoyed being in America because she has been able to see “how other cultures are in normal life” by “observing people.”

Following her current adventure in the United States, Intizor “would love to also go to Madagascar, Egypt, Great Britain and France.”