Have you ever dreamed of traveling to a foreign country? Have you ever wished to simply try out another high school for a few months? Have you ever considered how it would feel to have to grow accustomed to the changes of a new place?
For one special student that dream was fulfilled. Sophomore, Myrielle Schoeck, a German exchange student, came to stay in the United Stated not only for a week or two but for the whole school year! Myri is currently staying with her host family, the Kellers. She comes to school each day with her host sister, sophomore Heidi Keller. She has experienced first hand transitioning from her homeland in Germany to the way we live here in the United States.
I asked her about some of the differences between here and Germany, and she replied, “The biggest difference since arriving was that our schools in Germany last only from 8:00 until lunch time. We don’t have lunch at school because by the lunch hour, we are at home.” Our Walker students might agree to a shorter school day like the German students!
When asked about what she missed the most about home, she replied, “What I miss the most about home is my family and friends. But, the reason I wanted to come to America was because I loved English and I wanted to learn about new cultures, so it is worth it.” Myri is on the school volleyball team and the school tennis team. She said that in Germany, they do not have sanctioned high school sports, and if you want to play sports you simply sign up for a club team.
Myri has really enjoyed the times spent at the lake with her host family and one of her favorite pastimes is riding 4 wheelers with Heidi, her host sister. She will go home in June, but she will not be alone. Heidi plans to fly to Germany with Myri for a 2 ½ week visit. Myri says she will be glad to graduate from her own German high school, but she might consider a return to America for some of her college education.
Wir sind froh, dass du gekommen, uns zu besuchen, Myri!
By: Lee Gonzales