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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - August 25, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Hiawatha Student Finds German Life Independent By Tom Fruehling After spending ll months studying and traveling in Kurope, twenty-one-year-old Lucy Ilyk«*s is not really looking forward to her final year of college in the States. “It was a nice way of life,” she commented about her two semesters this last school year at Albert Ludwig university in Freiburg, Germany. “I learned a lot I couldn’t have learned here. For one thing, I learned to take care of myself. Now I go back to Luther next week with all its silly rules.” Lucy, the daughter of the Glenn Hykes, 123ft Rainbow boulevard, Hiawatha, is majoring in German and political science at the Decorah college Proficiency One of the reasons she decided to study in Germany was to upgrade her proficiency in the language. Also, she had gotten the itch to live in Europe after two previous short tours there. While a student at Kennedy high school, from which she was graduated in 1971, Lucy and other members of the German class went abroad. Then, a year and a half ago, the Luther college orchestra performed in Vienna “That.” says Lucy, an accomplished oboe player, “was when I decided I really wanted to go.” After passing a test in German, Lucy became a fully-matriculated student in Freiburg at the Institute of European Studies. * Did Okay” She received full credit at Luther for her classwork, in which Lucy said she “did okay. I got mostly B’s. I 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 "introduction 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 “great,” Lucy feels. Not only did she “learn a lot of German,” but she thinks she grew up some. “I was really independent, being so far from home. And there, students are treated like adults. There are no stupid rules Ifs up to you t< 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 rn their twenties. Because 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 arid the 30 other American 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 addition to two years at Kennedy. (Next, she’s going to tackle Norwegian, because she says in Europe “you feel stupid knowing only one language.”) She said she felt she had to limit her speech to German “in order to learn anything — or try to learn anything.” Living 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 friendships 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 Switzerland and did quite a bit of skiing and hiking. 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Most Germans, she said. felt Nixon should have resigned 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 are very liberal and much concerned with personal liberties. “They allow everyone their eccentricities." 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 Practiral She found the German people to be more practical than Americans. They eat less “junk food,” she said, and very little meat, which is expensive. She was also impressed with the driving habits of Germans. “They believe they should have the freedom to drive as fast they want. 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