Rotary French Exchange student Marie Corna has arrived at Stanthorpe.
Rotary French Exchange student Marie Corna has arrived at Stanthorpe. Liana Walker

Welcome to Rotary exchange student from France

WHEN French Rotary exchange student Marie Corna found out she was going to Australia, she was excited to see some native wildlife. After arriving in the Granite Belt a month ago, she got more than she bargained for.

"I saw kangaroos and that was really fun, I've never (seen) kangaroos before,” she said.

Miss Corna hails from the south of France near Saint-Tropez which she described as being very different to Stanthorpe.

"School is different,” she said.

"We work at school (from) 8.30 to 5.30 so it's really long and here it's 9 to 3.”

School is where she will spend most of her time and where she has already started to make friends.

"People are nice - not that I saying people in France are not nice,” she said with a laugh.

"Everyone is nice with me at school.

"I try to do one weekend (with Rotary) and one weekend with my friends.”

Miss Corna was inspired to do exchange after her sister did a similar trip six years ago.

She will stay with different Rotarians for three month periods while attending Stanthorpe State High School for a year.

She said she was grateful for the opportunity.

"I'm really lucky to do this.”

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