As he prepares to return home to Nagpur, India, David Kuruvilla is looking back with fondness on the year he spent in Grandview Heights.

As he prepares to return home to Nagpur, India, David Kuruvilla is looking back with fondness on the year he spent in Grandview Heights.

Kuruvilla, who spent the school year attending Grandview Heights High School as a foreign exchange student, said the experience "has been everything I hoped it would be.

"It's been great," he said. "I've learned a lot and I've been able to see a lot of things and make a lot of friends I think will still be friends even after I go home."

It hasn't all been about education, Kuruvilla said.

"I got the chance to try a lot of new food," he said. "My favorite is Chipotle. I'm really going to miss that."

Grandview is a much smaller place than Nagpur, and Kuruvilla said he likes the compactness.

"You can walk everywhere. It's great," he said. "And you get to know everybody, which is nice. My school at home is so much bigger."

School is easier here than at home, Kuruvilla said.

"Things are so much more lenient. Here you have study guides to help you with your classes," he said. "Back home, the classes are so much harder. We have notebooks we have to fill out ourselves."

He was able to take classes in Grandview that aren't offered at his home school, Kuruvilla said.

"I got to take French, which I really enjoyed," he said. "I'm able to speak four other languages, so I enjoyed getting the chance to learn a little French. I'm pretty good at learning languages."

Kuruvilla said he already knew a lot about America before he came.

"I have an aunt who lives in Florida," he said. "I wasn't really surprised by anything, but still, it's a different experience actually seeing things yourself."

Among his favorite experiences was being able to play sports, like baseball, that aren't offered at his school, Kuruvilla said.

"I also really liked playing laser tag," he said.

Grandview students seemed to be learning as much from his visit as he was, Kuruvilla said.

"A lot of people asked me a lot of questions about India," he said. "They asked things like is Dubai in India, when it's in a whole other part of the world, or do we have cell phones in India."

The students in Grandview, though, were extremely friendly and welcoming, Kuruvilla said.

"I really had a great time," he said. "I'd love to be able to come back to America to go to college. I hope I can do that."