German Exchange Student Makes His Mark at EL

By Rahma Ali, ’15

Being the new kid can sometimes be intimidating, even more so if you’re the new kid in a whole different country. Joshua Hasenburg, though, doesn’t mind this fact one bit. After joining the boys football team he immediately had a place in which he felt at home.

German exchange student Joshua Hasenberg is adapting well to his new home at Edward Little High School.

German exchange student Joshua Hasenberg is adapting well to his new home at Edward Little High School.

Senior Joshua Hasenburg, 16, is from Berlin, Germany. He is staying with the family of sophomore Mich McGuire. Joshua’s favorite color is green, he enjoys drinking Pepsi and eating pizza in his spare time. He also enjoys playing the guitar, listening to music and playing football.

He came here to further advance his English and play American Football. Hasenburg is actually playing Varsity and JV football this fall, and he wishes he could play football back home but says, “Football isn’t big in Germany.”

“The school system is really different,” says Hasenburg. For instance, school starts at 8 a.m. and there is no approximate end time. For example, one day, school might get out at 1 p.m. and then the next day it might finish at 4 p.m. The classes are all about 45 minutes long and the students are the ones who stay in one classroom for the whole day, while teachers move from room to room. Due to the German school system, after Joshua finishes his Senior year here at Edward Little, when he returns he will still have two more years left of school to complete back home.

 He speaks German and English, he isn’t involved in any other extra activities in school, but now that football is over Hasenburg is thinking about joining some other clubs and when spring sports comes he wants to play on the boys tennis team. He’s already looking forward to summer vacation, like most students at Edward Little.

Walmart was one of the things he hasn’t seen back home and says, “It was so huge when I went my first few times!” He is starting to get accustomed with texting slang and he says that “lol” “lmao” and “omg” are all new to him. Also, cars in America are very different from cars back in Germany and Joshua says that the four major differences between Germany and America are, “The school system, cars, football and the food quantity given.”

“I really miss my family and friends, but my host family is really nice and friendly, my host mother is an amazing cook,” said Hasenburg, “and I’ve made so much friends here too, everyone is really nice to me.”

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