Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of stories introducing Rush County to foreign exchange students currently enrolled in Rushville Consolidated High School.
Regina Perez Talavera, 17, is the only child of Lorena Talavera Rodriquez Scro and Sergio Jose Perez Leyva. The teenager is from Queretaro City, Mexico. Her hometown is one of 32 federal entities of the country south of the U.S. border and is known primarily for is well-preserved Spanish colonial architecture and a pink stone aqueduct. According to Talavera, the city is also home to major Regional Museum and is a must see tourist attraction that houses pre-Hispanic, colonial and republican artifacts.
Talavera, a second year high school student, will spend the entire 2019-20 school year at RCHS and has found the rural community to her liking. She really enjoys the slower pace Rushville has to offer and does not miss the hustle and bustle of large city.
“A major difference is the lack of traffic and air pollution here. It is very clean, kids can play in the street. It is a lot safer here. Since I’ve arrived, I have made a lot of new friends and met a lot of people, seen a number of different things and eaten many different foods. It is a lot of fun,” she said.
Regina’s parents are former exchange students, having spent a school year in Ireland. With that in mind and having had friends back home that had also spent a school year studying abroad, the teenager said her decision to enter the foreign exchange program was an easy choice.
She continued by adding that she has come to like many of the new foods she has tried and that the American life is very different from that she is more familiar with. The weather has been to her liking and she is really looking forward to seeing snow for the first time later this year.
This is the second trip to America for Regina as her family had taken a vacation trip to the U.S. years earlier. This is the first time for her to travel alone and be gone from home for 10 months.
Talavera’s speaks near perfect English and said she has been speaking English for 11 years. She added that in her native land, there are a number of English speaking people and in her own family they switch back and forth from Spanish to English when conversing. An interesting part as Talavera explained that the indigenous people of Mexico, the true native Mexicans that can trace their family’s origin back prior to the arrival of Europeans have an entirely different language that is rapidly fading from the Spanish landscape and is being replaced more and more by what is now accepted as Spanish and the English languages.
According to Talavera, school studies come very easy to her and in Mexico she was active in the debate club of Mexico. Model of the United Nations (MOUN) is a very elite group of students that would tackle and debate world issues. She considers herself an avid reader and is a voracious reader of English novels. Talavera also enjoys music and singing and has maintained that passion since arriving locally as a member of the Hancock County Children Choir.
When asked what she is looking forward to during her stay, Regina was very passionate about looking forward to fall including the changing of the colors, visiting a pumpkin patch and her first Thanksgiving. On her to do list is to visit Cincinnati, spend a little more time in Indianapolis and finding new memories of her stay in Indiana.
Once Talavera completes her school year here she will return to Mexico and hopes to return to America to attend Stanford University in California in pursuit of a genecology degree.