By Chaela Krueger
Louisa Rieger is not only starting her first year of college at Eastern Illinois, but she is also starting her first year of school in a different country. She is from Germany, and is one in about 30 students at the school who are receiving an education from a different country.
Knowing much about the international program and having multiple international friends, it was no surprise to her the 1:30 student ratio.
She loves being in America and notices many similarities in our cultures, but also many different ones like the food and the schooling. “In Germany, school seams a little harder and more intense.” She said. “English is required to learn [in Germany] at a young age.”
From what she sees in her international friends at Eastern, she believes all of them have carried a strong work-ethic with them from their previous countries. Louisa thinks there is a respectable amount of students from other countries, and she enjoys being different and teaching people about her country, culture, and language. She also believes she has learned a lot from students here as well.