By Staff Writer Ethan Acevedo
On Oct. 1, Ethan Acevedo of the journalism staff sat down with Junior Kaspar Werner to understand what challenges foreign exchange students face when coming to America for a year of study, as well as the differences from their homes abroad. Werner has come to Timberline from Berlin, Germany.
Why did you decide to participate in the exchange program?
“It was my mom’s idea, I wouldn’t have thought of it if it were not for her… I [also] wanted to see a new country and prove my English for a future job.”
What are the largest differences between the United States and Germany?
“There are more classes in Germany and the schedule changes every day. The housing quality is not very good compared to Germany… It is not that different [when it comes down to the] people, stuff, and buildings [in general]. It is [much] more full in Berlin. [There are] more people, cars, and traffic. It is a very large city.”
What are the hardest things to adapt to at Timberline when coming from Germany?
“It is hard to understand what to do in classes. In math I am usually good, but in class when they use harder [English] words I cannot understand it all. [It is harder] to meet people. In Germany everyone wants to get to know someone from another country, but here, they do not care.”
In his free time, Kaspar enjoys running for fun as well as competing in Motocross and BMX racing.