Humans of Northwood: Bernardo Simoes ’20


“I am a 16 years old senior from Northwood School, this is my first year in Northwood and my first year studying outside of my country. I come from Portugal, where everything is different: food, people even the weather. What I miss the most from my country are not having to study for two hours straight, my family who always support me, and speaking my native language. The first days have been a little bit difficult, having to speak every time a language that I am learning it’s not easy. I chose coming to Northwood because it offered me exactly what I was looking for: a comfortable place where I can play soccer and study at a high level. I am enjoying Lake Placid; it’s a nice area where people are friendly and always willing to help”.

As told to Francisco Castillo ‘19 (Photo: Fran Castillo)

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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