"We visited Washington, D.C. It was awesome. You could see all the monuments!"
Tall and blonde, Julia Spies seems like a fairly typical Blair sophomore—except for her German accent. Spies is a German exchange student who will be attending Blair for a whole year. She is studying in America through AFS, an organization which has been coordinating exchanges for over 65 years.
Spies has been able to experience American culture through her interests. "I really like sports and I hope I can see a bit of what sports are like here," she states. She plays handball in Germany but is not on the team at Blair. She does run cross country, though. "I think I came a few days after tryouts [for handball] and I went jogging on my own in Germany so I really wanted to try cross country," she explains. She has also noticed a difference in how much school itself is involved in activities. "In the U.S., sports are more a school kind of thing and in Germany, it's more outside of school," she reveals. She says the same thing happens with other activities as well.
Other than attending school, Spies also has had the opportunity to play the typical tourist. "I love traveling and everything so it was a great idea to come here!" she says. "We visited Washington DC. It was awesome. You could see all the monuments!"
Blazers interested in studying abroad can visit the AFS website to find opportunities. There are several local scholarships available, and there are several full paid scholarships available through the Department of State, such as the Congress-Bundestag, YES Kennedy-Lugar and NSLI-Y scholarships.
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