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I got in touch with Talia Reiss through a friend. She is 21 years old and a student at American University in Washington, DC. I asked her some questions about her. She said that she really enjoyed her childhood in Israel. She went to a regular public school so she says that she was able to make many Israeli friends and truly become immersed in the language and culture. She says that she really loved Israel for the people and community. While in the US, school was centered around academics, school in Israel was very community based and emphasized the importance of socialization and bonding. She moved back to the US when she was 14. The move from home to her was very difficult. Academically she had difficulty catching up with my peers in school. Socially, she says she felt fairly disconnected from her peers and missed the comfort of school in Israel. She is thankful that I still had the friends I made prior to moving to Israel, but making new friends took some time. She says she felt rather comfortable with American people. She says that she is happy she moved because she feels she did feel as though she received a better academic experience in the US than I did in Israel. She says that she is currently very happy with her life, and has no regrets about moving back to the States. She says that she has a very strong appreciation for culture, language and travel. Having experienced two different worlds, she has a strong desire to experience more. She loves Israel and visits Israel every year to see her extended family.

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