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Turkish student living out dream as American student

Asad Asadbayli is well versed in the world of being an exchange student. Yes, he’s spending the 2021-22 school year in the United States for the first time, with the Cale and Kia Jensen family and attending Windom Area High School.

But this is not his first experience as an exchange student.

Asad also traveled to England three years ago — on his own — at, yes, age 15.
“I stayed there for two months alone,” he says with a smile. “Every week I went to London and other cities by train.

“I’ve been to more than 10 countries — Paris, France; Dubai (United Arab Emirates); Azerbaijan, my father’s home country; Greece; Italy; Switzerland; Russia. That’s thanks to my father. He always tries to make me an international person.”

Indeed, the 18-year-old has become an international traveler. Little wonder that he fully anticipates living out a childhood dream of returning to the United States in the fall to attend college. He plans to study international business at one of three schools in Florida, or possibly Arizona State University.

For much more on Asad, see the story in the Feb. 16 issue of the Cottonwood County Citizen, on newsstands today.

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