Humans of Northwood: Alex van Schalkwyk

Alex van Schalkwyk

I’m from a small town called Fish Hoek in Cape Town in South Africa. I chose Northwood because I always wanted to study in America. I’m also in love with soccer and I want to play it at the highest level possible, so the fact that Northwood has a great soccer program and offers great academics was very attractive to me, and that’s why I chose to come here. I do miss so many things about home. I miss my family, of course. The food that we eat back home. I miss the culture. Like there are many different cultures at home. I miss the banter with my friends, especially with my brother and my cousin. Yeah, I just miss the everyday things that I took for granted. But Lake Placid is also a very beautiful place. I won’t lie. I think now, after being here for a few weeks, I’m starting to adjust. I’m starting to feel a bit more comfortable here. It’s like a lot more quiet here than it is at home, so that was a bit of a shock to me. But hey, I’m really enjoying it all.

As told to Kyle Bavis ‘19 (Photo: Provided)

According to the Admissions Office, this year Northwood has 72 international students from 23 different countries and 6 different continents, breaking records for the number of international students and countries represented in the school. Close to 40% of Northwood students are from outside the United States. Throughout the first trimester, The Mirror will profile a number of new international students, so that our community can learn who they are, where are they from, and some interesting things about them. See all student profiles here.

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