Getting to Know a J-1: Joyce Bouwens

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Name: Joyce Bouwens

Training Location: Gainesville, Texas

Originally From: The Netherlands

What have you found most surprising about America?
The people are very warm and welcoming.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve observed while on your visit?
Everything is bigger in Texas: big trucks, their love for fried food and BBQ!

What did you find to be true or false about America that you only learned after spending time here?
I thought that people would be more individual and reserved, but all my new friends and colleagues are proof of southern hospitality.

What one thing would you like to take from America and bring back home?
The weather, the events, the outlet malls, and of course friends.

What one thing would you like America to adopt from your home?
Healthier food and Dutch cheese!

What has been the favorite part of your experience here?
Exploring Texas with colleagues on the weekends.

What has been your least favorite part about your experience here?
The endless amount of paperwork.

Someone you know from back home is coming to America for the first time. What is one thing they should definitely bring with them?
Cooking books and an empty suitcase to shop!

What is the one place you would most like to visit before you leave America?
Grand Canyon, New York, San Francisco, ….

What are you most likely to tell friends and family at home about America?
That it is the land of extremities, while it is freezing in Texas it can be 30 degrees Celsius in Nevada, that there are health-freaks and pizza-lovers, and that the nature is beautiful!

What is one thing your American colleagues and friends have been surprised to learn about life back in your home country?
That there are no office cubicles in the Netherlands.

What impact do you think your experience here will have after you return home?
I will have a broader view on how big companies work abroad, and will have a deeper knowledge of my topic.

What is the most “American” thing you have done during your visit?
All you can eat BBQ, participating in a Santa run, watching Basketball games, and going to the Texas State Fair.

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