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Student Spotlight: Jacky Dietz

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Photo by: Amber Law

Q: What grade are you in?

A: I’ve already graduated from German high school, and I wanted to come here to the US to do a study abroad experience before I go back to Germany to continue my studies.

Q: What is your favorite class you are taking at WHS? Why?

A: I’m taking art, concert choir, ecology and journalism. My favorite class is Journalism because I like a small class where we can talk to each other and when we’re learning. Now that I’ve been in this class, I am thinking that maybe I would like to do something with journalism when I return home.

Q: Which teacher have you most enjoyed having and what do they do to encourage you?

A: Mrs. Hellerman has helped me during my first few weeks here in the US because she helped include me in the class. She treats me just like the other students.

Q: What is the thing you like most about Germany?

A: I live in a really small town, and we have a bakery, coffee shop and butcher. There’s not that much, but you can be in a big city in twenty minutes riding the train.

Q: What are some things you like about Waynesboro?

A: I haven’t done that much in Waynesboro, so I’m not really sure.

Q: What do you miss most about Germany?

A: I miss my boyfriend, my family, my dog and the German bread.

Q: Who inspires you the most?

A: My grandpa. He was a great person. He was nice to everyone, and he tried to make friends wherever he went. He was also always there for everybody.

Q: What are your interests and hobbies?

A: I do air acrobatics and I like to ski and meet friends

Q:  How does the time change between Waynesboro and Germany affect you?

A: The only problem I have with the time difference is that it’s hard to get in contact with my friends and family [back in Germany].

Q: What was the hardest thing to leave behind in Germany?

A: My boyfriend, friends and family, and bread.

Q: What drives you to keep going even when you’re away from your family?

A: So much to do, time flies fast and I don’t have time to worry.

Q: How did you adjust to being in Waynesboro instead of your hometown in Germany?

A: I had the Wions’ to go to and talk to if I ever needed help.

Q: You told me you are in Concert Choir, who is your favorite German singer and American singer?

A: AnnenMayKantereit is my favorite German singer, We usually listen to a lot of American music because the German music is weird. I listen to Twenty One Pilots.

Q: What was your weirdest experience during your trip from Germany to the U.S.?

A: The first three hours in the states because I forgot the date that I was going to fly back to Germany. They thought I was going to stay in America.

Q:What are some of the biggest differences between Germany and the US?

A: People are nicer in America. Everything is bigger here, like the streets. And when you go to the grocery store, they have bigger packages [of products] than in Germany.

Q: Have people at WHS been friendly to you? What was hardest about being new and trying to make friends?

A:Yes, I’m the only new one [foreign student] and everyone has their own friend groups already, and they have done things together, so it’s hard to become their friend.

Q: If you had a chance to come back in the future to WHS, would you? Why?

A:Yes, because I’ve started to make very good friends with people, and its hard knowing you have to leave in 6 months.

Q: If given the opportunity, what would you tell other students about WHS?

A: I’d probably tell them about how much fun I had during my exchange year and that the high school here is just great. I’d tell them about all the school clubs and sports because we don’t have those in Germany.

Q: You’re staying with Mr. Wion, an Earth Science teacher here at WHS. Can you tell us how you are connected with his family?

A: My grandfather hosted Mr. Wion’s aunt in Germany, and then his aunt hosted my mother when she was 17, and now I am here.

Q: Could you share a little bit about your family’s situation during World War II? Were they involved in the war and, if so, how?

A: My grandfather was a kid during WWII, and he was at a boarding school. And he didn’t want to be apart of the Nazi movements, but my great grandfather was a doctor.

Q: When you return to Germany, what will you miss most about Waynesboro, the U.S., or the people you’ve met?

A: I’ve started making really good friends, and it’s crazy that you have six months to make friends and once you’ve started, then you have to leave. I think that’s what I’ll miss most about Waynesboro.


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