I admire this girl’s creativity and commitment. It would take a lot of work to perpetuate the charade for 42 days, and there’s the ever-present possibility of being found out. I don’t know whether I would have the energy to do such a thing. It’s more ambitious than the average school project.
Though I’ve never done it, studying abroad seems a beneficial, eye-opening experience — a chance to gain exposure to other cultures and ways of living. This project reminds us that such exposure also can be had in our own neighborhoods — researching a culture, eating its meals and visiting its local buildings. It won’t precisely simulate the experience of actually visiting another land, but it still is an opportunity to grow and to learn. It’s much cheaper, too.