When you’ve got the possibility to catch some Moffat County ladies basketball this season, likelihood is you’ll see some faces you won’t acknowledge.
This yr — of all years — the Bulldogs have 4 international alternate college students on the roster. Emilie Schnirch, Evi Dietrich and Helen Tremmel got here to Moffat County for the 2020-21 college yr from Germany, whereas Yara Jiménez-Arellano Alonso comes from Spain.
The teenagers live in Moffat County with host households for your entire college yr, after which they’ll head again house. For now, they’re studying concerning the lifestyle not solely in Moffat County, however in the USA as effectively, all whereas competing in highschool sports activities which may not be the norm of their house nation.
Whereas the USA is coping with the COVID-19 pandemic, Tremmel nonetheless needed to come back to Craig and expertise a brand new nation.
“I feel it’s a completely different yr than regular however I nonetheless needed to do the alternate program, as a result of when you’ve got the chance to go elsewhere and be taught a brand new language, you at all times take the chance, as a result of it’ll provide help to in your complete life together with your job and the whole lot,” Tremmel stated.
The ladies miss house for a lot of causes, from meals to tradition and the whole lot in between. That features Tremmel, who misses the meals at house in Germany.
“I really simply miss the meals as a result of I feel that American meals is just not that wholesome,” Tremmel added.
And with Berlin and Madrid being eight hours forward of Craig, maintaining with family and friends has been a wrestle for the ladies.
“I name my dad as soon as every week and I message my mates each time I’ve free time,” Tremmel stated. “So when I’ve a lunch break I message them.”
The truth that the teenagers can take part in sports activities at MCHS and be in individual at college is one thing that differentiates their experiences this yr from their friends in Germany, Evi Dietrich stated.
“I’m simply comfortable to be right here proper now, as a result of I do know in Germany everyone seems to be in a lockdown they usually can’t go to highschool, they will’t hang around or do any sports activities,” Dietrich stated. “I’m comfortable we might do cross nation and now basketball and stuff like that. I’m simply comfortable to be right here and to expertise slightly little bit of the highschool expertise.”
The ladies have loved the distinctly American expertise of highschool soccer and the “Friday Night time Lights” tradition that comes with that. That have is one thing that Schnirch will miss, at the very least.
“It’s unhappy that we don’t have it in Germany and I’m going to overlook this,” Schnirch stated. “The sensation of the help from the varsity and having enjoyable after college, too. I actually prefer it.”
Whereas in a brand new nation round new faces, names and studying a brand new tradition, they’re additionally adjusting to taking part in basketball competitively for the primary time. Basketball is only a unit in Bodily Training in Spain and Germany.
“Yeah, like in P.E. you do this for one month,” Jiménez-Arellano stated. “You play with your mates and also you’re similar to….no one cares.”
That’s a lot completely different in Moffat County, the place the entire group cares about and helps the Bulldogs.
Adjusting to U.S. Training
Not solely has the transfer to the USA for the varsity yr been a tradition shock for the 4, it’s actually modified how they see the schooling system as effectively, from studying about matters from a distinct angle, or interacting with their academics.
As they’re all in highschool, one of many issues that they’re studying about in school now could be World Battle II and the Holocaust. What’s fascinating to Tremmel is the variations between the best way that the U.S. schooling system teaches World Battle II, in comparison with the best way Germany teaches it.
“I feel again house, they educate the scholars that World Battle II was not a great factor and it ought to by no means occur once more. They make it actually apparent that it was not a great factor that occurred and I feel it’s the identical over right here, however they don’t educate it that aggressive,” Tremmel stated. “It’s extra like they let you know what occurred, however since they weren’t liable for all of the individuals dying within the Holocaust.”
The construction of courses in Germany and Spain are completely different than in the USA, because the academics in these international locations are strolling from classroom to classroom as an alternative of the children shifting school rooms for every class. The scholars have observed that the academics at MCHS are nicer than these again in Germany, too.
“I really feel just like the academics listed here are extra pleasant with you. You’ll be able to discuss with them,” Schnirich stated. “The place in Germany…some academics are actually imply and you may’t actually discuss with them.”
The academics at Moffat County Excessive Faculty are extra keen about their subject material than these in Spain, too, which permits the scholars to be taught extra of their particular person courses.
“I really feel like academics are extra occupied with what they’re educating, like for instance, our biology trainer,” Jiménez-Arellano stated. “I actually take pleasure in how she tells it, she tells it as if it was essentially the most fascinating factor on the earth.”