Exchange students always have pals.

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16 Responses to Exchange students always have pals.

  1. Chaz says:

    I imagine a point “C” somewhere in between the two, wherein the new kid is able to seem / act cool because nobody knows how much of a loser s/he was back home.

  2. Wow, do I remember those days. This is a good one. :)

  3. C says:

    Hmm, not sure why someone who moves a small distance would be an outcast. Care to elucidate?

  4. nsk says:

    @C .. this is not so much a cause/effect relationship, as much as that those who don’t travel far and make few new friends might be outcasts!

  5. demon says:

    @nsk if this were true she would have just plotted these points on the graph. not drawn a line. the line implys that this is the only way it can go. if it were not a cause/effect relationship i would expect to see points plotted in all four corners as she usually does when it is not a cause and effect. i do agree that that isn’t always the case tho. not completely accurate but still funny.

  6. nsk says:

    @demon …. not to get anal about this; nothing prevents us from drawing a line to best fit the points plotted on any graph. If you plotted the height (X axis) vs. IQ (Y axis) of every person in the US, you would, in general, get a line trending upwards … but, you can hardly say that height is the cause for IQ ;-)

  7. Chanda says:

    Hmm I don’t think that whole accent thing applies if you are from the South.

  8. Colin says:

    Chanda: That’s why you learn to create accents on demand.

  9. demon says:

    @nsk i realize that. ive just noticed from reading this for a while that she generally intends that it is a cause and effect relationship when the graph is drawn the way it was today.

  10. Tryannophobe says:

    it’s corelation, not causation.

  11. V says:

    @C: You’re generally an outcast for at least a little while if you move just far enough that you don’t know anyone and they’ve all got plenty of friends already.

    I don’t know about the “sexy accent” thing, though–I suspect it only applies to “new kids” who are college- or at least high school-aged.

  12. NomadUk says:

    While it might work when one moves from the UK to the US, the reverse is definitely *not* the case. My youngest kid quickly adopted an English accent (somewhere vaguely between London and Oxfordshire, with mumbling thrown in for good measure) to avoid the derision.

    I doubt it’s a UK-specific thing, either.

  13. Josh says:

    Also, if you get two kids from the same area, one will be (for example) “the cool kid from Quebec” and the other will be “the weird kid from Quebec”.

    If you have three or more from the same area, then they become a clique of their own. Ie. “The Koreans”.

  14. Bret says:

    I got to be the exchange student once and I was the cool, sexy guy…. it was hell coming home.

  15. Liz says:

    Perhaps it should be more of a bell shaped curve, because after a certain point the accent is no longer sexy but a hinderance to communication and thus making friends.

    Just an observation.

  16. Joel says:

    I moved from Australia to Quebec half way through high school so point B definitely holds true for me.

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