PAX Press Web Cover October 2022

Puhiza (Kosovo) cheers on the Purdue University Boilermakers in West Lafayette, Indiana.


October 2022, Vol XXVIII, No. 1

Football in the fall: what could be a more American cover image to kick off PAX Press' 28th year?

While Puhiza, pictured above, got to check out a college game, nearly all students love the excitement and newness of watching their high school team each Friday night (and socializing and having new friends explain what the heck is going on). Of course, spirit week and homecoming go hand in hand with football. And listening to PAX students describe how they celebrated—scattered throughout the issue—offers a brand new appreciation for these uniquely American traditions.

Pigskin and "Friday night lights" may be the theme, but you can bet there's much more to the October issue than that. For one thing, with contributions from Mongolians, Moroccans, and Mozambicans reporting from Michigan, Mississippi, and more, there's some seriously impressive geographic variety in our first issue of the year.

Long-time readers will quickly note that the 18 stories are organized into our traditional sections—like "Get Involved!" Here, you'll find students jumping into everything from volleyball to student council to the school newspaper.

In "The Adjustment Cycle," we're sure you'll love peeking inside the double placement household of Kelvin and Telmuun to see how those two are getting along in Indiana. And in "PAX PLUS," you'll learn that Puhiza (cover image) is actually much more likely to be found volunteering in the concessions than whooping it up in the crowd. The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) student just loves how everyone tends to pitch in, in her host community.

But as so often is the case, it's best to start at the beginning. The "A Few Favs" section is just that with three particularly well-written contributions, focusing on Mariam (Pakistan to Utah), Binny (Thailand to Michigan), and Giorgi (Georgia to Indiana).

Thanks to all those who submitted such inspired pieces, and remember that is always collecting stories, anecdotes, photos, videos, and more!

—The PAX Press team


A Few Favs

You'll especially love these 3 



Get Involved!

Sports, the arts, school activities, and learning through teamwork



The Adjustment Cycle

Student reflections on culture shock, homesickness, and fitting into their new family



Exchange Living

Learning, growing, cultural differences, and all those fun facets of everyday exchange life



Get (Extra) Involved!

More PAXers finding their extracurriculars: student council, school newspaper, & homecoming court




Volunteerism, leadership, culture sharing, and cluster enhancement activities