In her first visit to America a year ago, senior Lena Hoschen found a love for Roburrito’s and Chipotle restaurants.
Now that’s she back for the entire school year, she has also tried American popcorn, which is different from what her homeland Germany offers. She doesn’t care for the salty popcorn here, but prefers lots of butter.
The 17 year old native of Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany is back for her second time to the US, staying with the same family as last year. After her three-week stay as a part of the York Twinning Association Program, she wanted to come back for a longer period of time.
“Everybody is nicer here. The school system is completely different, even the grocery stores are different,” Lena said. “The biggest [in Germany] is one-third of Giant.”
Lena, a member of the cross-country team, really likes the school spirit here at Red Lion. “In Germany, there are no sports teams. There’s nothing I really don’t like here...I love it. I like that you have different classes, not always with the same people in the same room,” she said.
In most German schools, students stay in the same classroom with the same students all day long, with teachers changing rooms when classes change.
As she has been learning English since kindergarten, she doesn’t find speaking with Americans difficult. In Germany, learning English from a young age is mandatory, and eventually they must learn a second language, so Lena has also been speaking French for five years.
While she’s here, she hopes to go to Ohio, where the rest of her host family lives, and she knows she will go to New York City at some point.