by Jack Long
Julius Reckmann, a sophomore, is visiting from Mainz, Germany to study at BHS for the 2016-2017 academic year. Julius heard about the exchange program from a family friend. With this year of study he hopes to further open his mind to different cultures and ideas, and to grow “more experience in life.”
Julius ran for the Cross Country team this fall and plans to play tennis in the spring. Some of his favorite hobbies include playing tennis, being sarcastic, hiking, and hanging out with friends. While in Ohio, Julius has visited Bill’s Donuts, Dairy Shed, Blueberry Cafe, and watched a Dayton Flyers game. And during winter break Julius and his host family are planning to visit Florida.
The interview would have not been complete if the topic of American stereotypes wasn’t brought up. Julius said that the typical stereotypes were that the obesity level was a lot higher and everyone owned a gun. He did say, however, that there are stereotypes that he has found to be true: a strong sense of community, school spirit, and friendly people.
Julius is staying with a host family and with Matteo Moroni, an Italian Foreign Exchange student.