Wiebke  Bùchsenschùtz is spending the year at Fillmore Central as a foreign exchange student.
Wiebke Bùchsenschùtz is spending the year at Fillmore Central as a foreign exchange student.
The school year is well underway at Fillmore Central and this means that students at the high school will be meeting new foreign exchange students.

I got to spend a few hours with one of the exchange students, Wiebke Bùchsenschùtz and learn a little about her. Sarah Reicks, Keeley Todd and I took Wiebke to the Village Square in Harmony for lunch soon after she arrived in the United States.

Wiebke is from Mönchengladbach, Germany, a city of about 250,000 people. We warned her that living in our area would be a huge change for her. She told us that she hasn't seen much of Preston or the surrounding communities yet.

Wiebke is 15 years old. She has an 18-year-old brother and a 12-year-old sister. While she is staying here, her hosts are Brad and Holly Wingert and their family from Preston.

Wiebke plays handball in Germany. She informed us that in Germany you needed to join a club through your school if you REALLY wanted to play a sport. She has decided to try volleyball while being over here. And she is still thinking about joining band or choir, maybe second semester.

Wiebke also enjoys reading during her spare time.

In her not-so-spare time, she enjoyed hanging out with her friends. They would go shopping, "to the cinema," hang out at friends' houses, play badminton or other sports. Everything is very typical in America, too.

"American life is very different from my life in Germany," Wiebke shared.

Back home, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays she attends school until 1:15 p.m. and the other two days until 3:45 p.m. Her classes at school are 90 minutes long and they have 20-minute breaks after each class. Here at Fillmore Central, our classes are approximately 77 minutes long and we have a five-minute break between each class.

Weibke decided she was interested in becoming a foreign exchange student after reading a story in a newspaper about a boy who was in the exchange program. She said she thought about it and looked online for organizations. She said she also ordered magazines and then ended up applying.

Wiebke told us that she is looking forward to meeting new people, getting to know the American way of life, and to improve her English skills.

Also, while being here, she said she has been trying food that her host family eats. She said most of it is similar to foods they have in Germany. Weibke shared that she would love to try peanut butter because they don't have such a thing in Germany!

She doesn't plan on traveling that much while being in America. She will get to go on the senior class trip and visit Chicago, Manhattan, Washington, D.C., and New York, all on one trip! And with the organization she is doing the exchange with, she gets to go to Hawaii sometime in November!