Mika Wilkening Experiences Life at FHS

As you walk the halls you might notice some outstanding accents and faces. Fauquier  welcomed many foreign exchange students this school year. Some students staying for a couple weeks while some complete the year her, among them Mika Wilkening.

As you walk the halls you might notice some outstanding accents and faces. Fauquier  welcomed many foreign exchange students this school year. Some students staying for a couple weeks while some complete the year her, among them Mika Wilkening.

Wilkening came from Berlin, Germany to complete his senior year. Once he settled into the new country he noticed a great amount of differences between here and his hometown, “I really like the people,” said Wilkening. “If you compare them to Germany they’re really tolerant here.” He described the people here as more open towards the actions and preferences of others rather than in Germany. For example, Wilkening said “dye[ing] your hair or walk[ing] around with weird clothes and in Germany you won’t see that.”

Another difference is the block schedule. “The school system in Germany is like, here each semester you have 4 classes, in Germany you have like 30.” Wilkening added although it’s not 30 classes everyday, they rotate classes each day.

When asked to describe Virginia in one word he said, “unexciting.” The main reason being the difference in population. “I live in a big city and here you don’t have things to do,” said Wilkening

The food also being a great difference. “Here you eat more fast food and stuff,” said Wilkening. In Berlin, the people eat healthier and less fast food.

An interesting fact not many know is Wilkening has a twin sister also in the foreign exchange program. She does not go to Fauquier, but Culpeper.

With the arrival of Wilkening, the students were eager to meet the foreign exchange student. “He’s a great friend,” said freshman Ethan Polster. “He’s always there if you need something.” The foreign exchange program gives the students an opportunity to meet new people you wouldn’t encounter on a daily basis. As Fauquier continues to welcome students from around the world, the students and staff will have the chance to learn about different cultures and arts.

Wilkening came from Berlin, Germany to complete his senior year. Once he settled into the new country he noticed a great amount of differences between here and his hometown, “I really like the people,” said Wilkening. “If you compare them to Germany they’re really tolerant here.” He described the people here as more open towards the actions and preferences of others rather than in Germany. For example, Wilkening said “dye[ing] your hair or walk[ing] around with weird clothes and in Germany you won’t see that.”

Another difference is the block schedule. “The school system in Germany is like, here each semester you have 4 classes, in Germany you have like 30.” Wilkening added although it’s not 30 classes everyday, they rotate classes each day.

When asked to describe Virginia in one word he said, “unexciting.” The main reason being the difference in population. “I live in a big city and here you don’t have things to do,” said Wilkening

The food also being a great difference. “Here you eat more fast food and stuff,” said Wilkening. In Berlin, the people eat healthier and less fast food.

An interesting fact not many know is Wilkening has a twin sister also in the foreign exchange program. She does not go to Fauquier, but Culpeper.

With the arrival of Wilkening, the students were eager to meet the foreign exchange student. “He’s a great friend,” said freshman Ethan Polster. “He’s always there if you need something.” The foreign exchange program gives the students an opportunity to meet new people you wouldn’t encounter on a daily basis. As Fauquier continues to welcome students from around the world, the students and staff will have the chance to learn about different cultures and arts.

By Amanda Arellano-Staff Reporter

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