A prom to cross oceans for

By Julia DeRogatis

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ASTA and Patricio

Asta Agnarsdottir and Patricio Rodriguez

By Julia DeRogatis | Editor

May 23, 2014

In the weeks leading up to prom, stories of extravagant prom proposals and declarations of devotion circulated around Dos Pueblos, adding to the excitement and anticipation surrounding prom season.

However, one couple’s story stands out from the rest–the story of past Icelandic foreign exchange student Asta Agnarsdottir who flew in from Iceland in order to experience prom with her boyfriend, Patricio Rodriguez.

Agnarsdottir first journeyed to the U.S. in fifth grade, a trip that resulted in a deep love for America and a strong desire to return later in life.

This desire was realized when Agnarsdottir  was able to spend last year as a junior at Dos Pueblos. It was during that time that she met her boyfriend and began planning to attend senior prom.

“For me, [prom] is like something you see in the movies, it is really cool,” Agnarsdottir said. “[Iceland] has nothing similar to prom. You’d never ask a girl to anything in Iceland. Just no.”

Agnarsdottir returned to Iceland for the 2013-2014 school year to attend middle college, but kept up a relationship with her boyfriend and began preparations for the 2014 prom, which included making her own dress and a matching tie for Rodriguez.

“I wanted to have it exactly the way I wanted it. . . So I was like, ‘Ok, I’ll just make it!'” Agnarsdottir said, explaining her motivation for the the four-month process of sewing a prom dress.

Come May, Agnarsdottir was on a plane flying away from Iceland and toward her chance to experience an American prom, complete with dresses, dancing, and delicious snacks.

Agnarsdottir attended prom in a large group and was thrilled to reconnect with students she had met during her time as an exchange student. After-prom also proved an exciting and unique experience for Agnarsdottir, despite discovering a personal lack of gambling skills.

“[Patricio and I] lost everything, so we just gave up!” said Agnarsdottir with a laugh, appearing highly amused by her own inability to hold on to fake money at the blackjack tables.

However, despite the lack of success at the card tables, Agnarsdottir still had a fun prom experience.  When asked about her favorite moment of the night, Agnarsdottir said, “Everything! Just the whole experience was great, especially because I got to go with so many people that I knew and I [also] got to me so many new people!”

Agnarsdottir will remain in the U.S. for a few more weeks, before returning to Iceland to continue her studies. However, she hopes that she can return to California again soon and perhaps one day live in the U.S.

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