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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

My Experience at the Women’s March -

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

El Regreso Del Racismo -

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Parkland Shooting -

Friday, March 2, 2018

California Flu Crisis -

Friday, March 2, 2018

‘Rapping’ Up the Grammy Awards -

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

¿Cuál Será el Futuro de DACA? -

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Marcus Peters traded to the Rams -

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

2018 Upcoming Movies -

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Instagram-Worthy Desserts of San Francisco -

Monday, February 26, 2018

Upcoming Season of Baseball -

Monday, February 26, 2018

Black History Month -

Saturday, February 24, 2018

The Black Panther Review -

Friday, February 23, 2018

The Destructive Culture of Social Media -

Friday, February 23, 2018

Badminton season launches into action! -

Friday, February 23, 2018

LimeBike Takes Over! -

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

All Star Weekend Highlights -

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Chinese New Year Brought to SMHS -

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

San Mateo Volleyball Season Kicks Off -

Friday, February 16, 2018

The Van Jones Show:Jay-Z -

Friday, February 16, 2018

Giulia Rotunno: Bearcat Profile

The best part of coming to the United States, Giulia Rotunno says, is that she gets the chance to create new relationships – with her new ‘sister,’ in her host family, and with the Bearcats at San Mateo High School.

Giulia, a fourth-year high school student in Italy, came to the United States last summer. She’s been attending San Mateo High since the beginning of the school year.

Since her arrival, she’s had many new experiences – visiting Angel Island, for example, or going camping for the first time.

In her free time here, she hangs out with her host family, goes to the gym with her host sister (who goes to Hillsdale High) and does some photography.

In Italy, she has one more year of high school to go. The education experience is markedly different in the two countries.

Here, we change classes and classmates every hour. In Italy, they stay with their classmates every day for five years.

There are 20 students in Giulia’s high school, and they spend a huge amount of time together in comparison to students in the United States.

“You get to know people differently,” said Giulia. “Especially because I’ve switched classes so often here, I’ve gotten the chance to meet a ton of people at San Mateo.”

Even her extracurricular activities are different here: in Italy, Giulia spends a lot of time going to oratory, a Catholic youth group where she volunteers almost every day.

One of her favorite experiences has been working there during the summer. She plays games and sings songs with the children, who she loves like her “little siblings.”

“They just want to play; it’s not just about winning,” said Giulia of the kids, smiling. “It’s great.”

 

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