Roaming the halls of Walker High School is a whole new experience for Mic Sziegoleit, the exchange student from Germany. Mic came to America for a year as a foreign exchange student to experience the culture first-hand. He is living with Grant and Susan Rolley who are serving as his host family. Mic has quickly made new friends here at Walker High.
For Mic, going through a normal school day here is much different than in Germany. He says, “I really like it here. The people are very nice and helpful. The teachers and classes are also fun.” When asked about his favorite subject, Mic said it was definitely Spanish class. Mic is already multi-lingual since he can already speak German, English, French and Russian. “I really love Spanish with Senora Goetz. It is my favorite,” says Mic.
Mic is also looking forward to contributing to Walker through athletics this year. He says, “I play tennis here at Walker and I hope to help the team out this year.” This should be a realistic goal for him since his host family has a longstanding tradition of coaching students in tennis skills.
Mic had already enjoyed spending his spare time doing normal American teenager pastimes. “Outside of school I really enjoy going to the lake with all of my friends,” says Mic.
He has adjusted to going through a typical day here at Walker, but he said that it is much different than in Germany. “In Germany we have 90 minutes for lunch, here we only have 22minutes. That is very different. The school day is also much shorter here because in Germany we go to school til 5:00 p.m.” The daily schedule in Germany seems to be more relaxed and less rushed than in America. Maybe we could learn a few lessons from the German educational system!
All in all, Mic said that he really likes Walker and he enjoys being here. We welcome him and hope his year is the best yet!
By Addie Geeslin and Allonah Bell