The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

School Columnists

December 13, 2012

Exchange students from Germany, Palestine learn about game of football by playing on Conneaut Spartans team

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CONNEAUT —

Daniel Buhl, age 15, came from Germany to experience and learn more about the “Land of the Free.”

“I wanted to leave home for a year to think about myself, without any interruptions,” Buhl said.

He also felt it would be a great opportunity to improve his English.

Buhl thought there were a few differences between the United States and Germany. First, he felt everything was much bigger and farther apart here.

“The first time I walked into Wal-Mart my jaw dropped. I expected something big, but not that big,” he said with a laugh.

He also explained that in Germany there is much more public transportation and you have to reach the age of 17 in order to attain a driver’s license.

School in Germany is not very similar compared to America. Buhl said the school system is completely different. One major difference is that teachers sometimes do not show up to class, meaning the students would not have to attend either. They also have to take the same classes up to 11th grade.

Like Alami, Buhl also got to be a part of the Conneaut High School football team.

“It was awesome,” Buhl said. “I learned so much within the 10 weeks. Not only did I learn about football, but I learned a lot about myself. The team and sport are great. I had a lot of fun.”

Along with football, Buhl is also involved with show choir. He loves singing, and is an overall music enthusiast.

“Music is my life. Both of my parents are involved with music back home,” said Buhl.

One thing Buhl said he truly enjoys about America is all of the different experiences. Each day reveal something new that he would not experience back in Germany. With each new experience, a new interest is formed. That is one of his favorite things about the United States.

Buhl says he is going to miss all of his new friends when he leaves. He also is not looking forward to leaving in June. Both Alami and Buhl have found their place at Conneaut High School. Students and staff try their best to make their experience as rewarding as possible.

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