Local exchange students enjoying life in rural setting

Carol Kusek with exchange student ye Jeong Yook

Unfamiliar food, a different school system, desires to improve their English, experiencing a new culture and getting acquainted with their new host families are similarities for Hye Jeong Yook from South Korea, Sandra Grollmisch and Katharina Muller, both from Germany.

The three girls are spending the 2007-08 school year as exchange students at Boone Central High School. The German girls’ arrivals in Albion were delayed while the Education First (EF) organization worked with them and searched for host families.

Sandra and Katharina are juniors at Boone Central, while Hye Jeong is a sophomore. All have traveled to other countries before coming to the United States. Katharina, who goes by Kate at school, has been to Africa and
traveled extensively in Europe.

“I just thought America would be interesting and different. I love to travel and see different things,’’
she said. She chose to be a yearlong exchange student after spending a month in both France
and England as an exchange student. And, after her cousin told her stories of his year as an exchange
student in Texas, she thought it sounded like a good way to have fun, improve her independence
and live on her own.