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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - August 25, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Hiawatha Student Finds German Life Independent The Odar Rapids Gazette: San., Aug. 25, U74 By Tom Aflir ij months sludyiiu and inucliiif in Kuropi', lut-nty-mif-ycar-nld l.uiy llykt'S is rcalh limk- inn forward to her final year of in the Slates. "It was a nice way of life." .she commented about her two semesters this last school year at Albert l.udwh; university in Fri'inurK, (ierniany. "1 learned a In! I couldn't have learned here. Fur one I learned to lake care of myself. Now I back to l.n- Iher next week uilh all its sil- ly rules." Lucy, the daiiKliter of the (llenn llykes, Kainbow boulevard, Hiawatha, is nui- in Cierman and political science at the Decorah col- lege. Proficiency One of the reasons she de- cided to study in Germany was to upgrade her proficien- cy in the language. Also, she had Rotten the itch live in Europe after two previous short tours thore. While a student at Kennedy high school, from which she was graduated in 1971, Lucy and other members of the Herman class went abroad. Then, ,1 year and a half the Luther college orchestra performed in Vienna. says Lucy, an accomplished oboe player, "was when I decided 1 really wanted to go." After passing a test in Ger- man, Lucy became a fully- matriculated student in Frei- burg at the Institute of Euro- pean Studies. "Did Okay" She received full credit at Luther for her classwork, in which Lucy said she "did okay. I got mostly B's. 1 really- tried not to worry about grades, but of course I couldn't help not worrying some." The bulk of her course work was in German history and literature, although she took subjects as far afield as "dream psychology" and "in- troduction to Marxism." In regard to the latter course, Lucy remarked that "there are a lot of Marxist students" in Germany and some Marxist professors "who gave everybody in their class A's." All in all, the experience was Lucy feels. Not only did she "learn a lot of but she thinks she grew up some. "1 was really independent, being so far from home. And there, students are treated like adults There are m stupid rules. It's up to you ti do things for yourself." She said the curriculum is on a scale with graduate school in the United States, Accent on Youth and that most college students are in their twenties. Hecause of this age level, Lucy noted that "each student is more on his own. There is not very much guidance, and you're required to do a lot of independent reading just to understand what the course is about." Had Tutors She and the 31) other Amer- ican students at Freiburg did, however, have tutors. Lucy commented that they needed tutoring just to adjust to the language and the different life-style. She said for a few months she and the other Americans, including five from Luther, pretty much stayed together. "I was too scared to say anything. I didn't have much confidence in my German." Lucy has had two years of the language in college, in addi- tion to two years at Kennedy. (Next, she's going to tackle Norwegian, because she says in Europe "you feel stupid knowing only one She said she felt she had to limit her speech to German "in order to learn anything or try to learn anything." Liv- ing on a dormitory floor with all German students helped in this respect. After about five months Lucy had broken away from the American clique and said she developed close friend- ships with several German students. She spent last Christmas at the home of a girl friend and "felt at ease for the first time." She said this became her "second home" during the year. Skiing, Hiking She traveled throughout Germany, France and Switz- erland and did quite a bit of skiing and hiking. During the nine-week spring vacation she went to England. And, at the beginning of the summer, Lucy and thnv Ger- man friends trekked through- out Scotland for two weeks. "Scotland is according to Lucy "It's kind of unsettled, i think there are more sheep than people. We could set up camp wherever we wanted." Light I'ntil Midnight Also to her liking was the fact that it doesn't get dark in Scotland until almost mid- night This gave the group plenty of time to fish, climb mountains, hike and do a lot of driving, she said. One of Lucy's interesting experiences this summer was watching President Nixon's resignation speech on televi- sion at two in the morning. Most Germans, she said, felt Nixon should have re- signed long ago and pointed to Chancellor Willy Brandt's self-imposed exit shortly after a minor spy scandal. German students generally shy away from international or national political issues, Lucy commented. She said student activists are more concerned with local and per- sonal problems. Generally, she noted that the young people arc very liberal and much concerned with personal liberties. "They allow everyone their eccentric- ities." In addition, she found many who are atheists and "not afraid to admit it." This, Lucy said, was quite a contrast from Luther college. More Practical She found the German peo- ple to be more practical than Americans. They eat less "junk she said, and very little meat, which is expensive. She was also impressed with the driving habits of Ger- mans. "They believe they should have the freedom to drive as fast they want. For a long time there were no speed limits, and only recently rec- ommended limits were set up. Still, they drive fast. And there don't seem to be many accidents." Eventually, Lucy hopes to return to Germany to work. She intends to apply for law school this year. Save 6.00 on this Cameo Wig. .better behaved than real hair! 18.90 Regularly 25.00 Wearing this wig is like wearing your very own well- behaved hair. 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