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Sunday, November 03, 2013 9:00 PM

BY ERIN COX

Staff Writer

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DELPHOS — Madeleine Müller had wanted to come to the United States since she was a child and the first chance she got to fulfill that dream, she took it.

Müller is one of five German cultural exchange students living in Delphos for five months. She is from Werther, Germany, where one of the teachers at her school is from Verl, the sister city of Delphos, and offers students in both cities the opportunity to take part in the exchange program.

When she first learned of this chance to go to the US, she knew she wanted to do it but her parents were not as convinced.

“They didn’t want me to do it but now they’re so proud of me for coming here,” Müller said.

Besides wanting to visit her childhood dreamland, Müller said she wanted to accomplish other goals as well.

“I like meeting new people and I want to be able to say I have friends all over the world,” she said. “I also wanted to see new things and learn to speak the language better.”

Since she came to Delphos, Müller has been steadily accomplishing her goals.

Müller attends St. John’s and also takes hip hop dance classes at Dancer by Gina, both of which have made it easy to make new friends.

“The first day at school I was overwhelmed by all the new people but I’m use to it now and I like all my classmates,” she said.

She has also been traveling with her host family, Dennis and Amy Youngpeter, and the other cultural exchange students to help her attain her goal of seeing new things. She has visited Columbus, Nashville, Chicago, Lake Michigan and will go to New York in a couple of weeks.

Of the places she has seen, Müller said Chicago has been her favorite.

“I loved the city and being able to experience it with the other exchange students,” she said.

While in Chicago, the group visited the Willis Tower, the zoo, museums, an aquarium and they also went shopping and on a boat ride.

“It was pretty cool and I loved every minute,” Müller said.

She also enjoyed seeing a different lifestyle in Nashville.

“It was a big city but it didn’t feel like it and the country music was cool,” Müller said.

She has also enjoyed spending time in Delphos and has had fun going to the high school football games.

“It’s so much fun, I want to go everyday,” she said. “I like going with all the girls and cheering in the crowd.”

As far as reaching her goal of speaking English better, the first couple of weeks were the toughest, Müller said, but she always had people willing to explain what something meant and that helped her a lot.

Now that Müller has been in the US for three months, she feels she has done a good job of accomplishing what she wanted to do while here and with two months left, she said she is most excited for Thanksgiving.

“Since we don’t have Thanksgiving in Germany, I’m excited to see the family come together for this one day and I want to see more football games,” Müller said.

 

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