Junior travels from Germany to study in the United States
It all started with a dream that led junior Peer Baartz to travel from Germany to an unfamiliar country.
Baartz had an amazing opportunity to travel to the United States from Hamburg, Germany and stay for 10 months. When he was living with a host family and attending school for the year Baartz was excited to begin his journey.
“It was a dream of mine to come to America,” Baartz said.
Baartz got his desire to travel from his mother. She loves to travel, and she passed that onto Baartz. She really encouraged Baartz to take the opportunity to come to America.
“Basically my mom liked traveling a lot, and she encouraged me to do it,” Baartz said. “ I really liked the idea that I could on my own.”
Baartz arrived on August 10, 2016, to stay with his host family whom he had never met personally. While being here, he has not only gained knowledge about a foreign country but also gained a new American family.
“I am staying with a host family, ” Baartz said. “We had not met personally”
One of the hardest things for Baartz to get used to has been the transportation. Getting around here has not been easy. Not being able to get around on his own has been a struggle, but the biggest struggle is being able to understand the language completely.
“There is a language barrier that makes it hard,” Baartz said.
Leaving home and family was full of mixed emotions. Although being in a new place is excited, leaving his family behind was sad. Baartz misses his family the most when there is not much to do.
“They were definitely excited but also sad,” Baartz said. “They were happy for me.”
The school has been one of the big differences for Baartz while being here in America. The schedule is different, academics, and sports. Baartz was used to a block schedule before coming to America. Baartz saw a big difference in sports.
“The sports here are absolutely incredible,” Baartz said. “Back in Germany, there are almost no sports at all.”
Baartz leaves the United States on June 9, 2017. Baartz has really grown close to some of his friends and his host family. Baartz definitely plans on traveling more after he goes home “Yeah definitely I want to travel when I finish school,” Baartz said. By Bailey Zuniga