Luis Jaegermann decided to spend a year in America on the Foreign Exchange program with two goals in mind, “Play sports and just experience the culture.”
He’s from Dortmund, Germany a city of just over 800,000 but doesn’t seem to miss much about it except for his family and some of the food.
Jaegermann is spending this year in the home of Exeter-Milligan Superintendent Paul Sheffield and his wife, Karla. And even though the Sheffield’s don’t have any kids at home to connect with, he is enjoying his stay, ”They are great. I really can’t complain about anything. It’s kind of weird not having anyone who goes to school with you but I don’t have a problem with that.”
He’s really enjoying the sports at Exeter-Milligan as he played on the football team and is now playing basketball, although practice every day after school has taken some adjusting to. He loves food and cited wings along with Runza’s as his American favorites.
He misses his family and friends at home along with his football team in Germany. Specially seasoned brats with their sauce is the food he misses the most.
His mom will be visiting him over the Easter holiday and he looks forward to showing her his life in Nebraska.
He has traveled to Arizona with the Sheffield’s over the Christmas break but was sick most of the time. “It was a fun Christmas but was really hot down there.”
He has experienced so much of what he wanted to in America, “The culture in high school, the games, the cheerleaders. I wanted to experience the atmosphere when you are at the games.”
The only downside to his trip to America will be the schoolwork he will have to make up as he is missing a school year. On the upside, the practical experience of speaking almost exclusively in English has been a big boost in his confidence in speaking.
Jaegermann would like to pursue a career in Engineering and sees this experience as a great benefit, “I think it’s helpful to speak multiple languages when you have to talk to people from other countries.”
He’s got a just a few more months to tack on some more American experiences before heading back home to Germany.