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A Year in Austria Continued from page 26 thought my personality was like, how I dealt with problems, and about a specific problem I'd had in my life, and how I'd worked through it; also how I interacted with different members of my family, things like that. The people rom the Baker chapter of AFS came to our house and interviewed me and my family. Then we mailed the application to New York, and they accepted me. When I first applied to New York they sent me a country list. You can go for a year, or a se- mester, or a summer program - I chose the year program. I put down Spain as my first choice, then Italy, but it didn't really matter that much to me where I went. After that they notified me that I'd been ac- cepted for Austria, but they didn't yet have a family for me. They work to find a match be- tween the applicant and the host family. At any time in the application process did you come to a point where you felt all the paperwork was not worth it? No. It got to be a bit much, because I felt, "Oh, my gosh, I have to do all this stuffl", but I was still excited, especially when I got my family, the Fischers: Roland and Eva my father and mother, and Jan and Nina, my brother and sister. Did you find it a good way to experience another country? Definitely, because my idea is, you can always be a tourist. You can always go to another country and take pictures of prettybufldings, and the people, but you'll never know anything about it except for face value. If you go there to live, to go to school to learn the language, then you know the country, and I actually felt that I was a part of Austria. I was, for that year, an Austrian, and I had many, many people tell me that; that's the best feeling in the whole world. What are some things you found out about the country and the pcople, which you don't think you would have discovered as a tourist? A lot of people will say, "OK, what's different?" That's a hard question for me to answer be- cause it got to the point where everything there was normal for me - I was there, and I was part of it. You went, of course, from an area of very sparse population to an area of relatively dense popula- ti~ . , , Not really. My school was in Wels, but I lived in a town called Fischlham, which had only Hells Canyon Journal September 2, 1992 Page 27 W ~m~b~stos~ ROMAN CATHOUC CHURCH AND CHURCHYARD in Fischlharn. about a thousand people. It was When I got homesick was a junior year, and I'm a senior a little farmers' village. There littlebit around Christmas, then now. I haven't lost a year. I just was a store and a bank, but there when I was in the hospital with have to make up my required wasn't even a post office. So I my injured knee. I was thinking, classes from last year by taking lived in a rural setting, but I "Why am I here in the hospital? allmyjuniorandseniorrequired went to school in a bigger city. I should be at home with my classesthJsyear.ItmeansIhave And I like bigger cities, so it morn." But those were the only no electives. I did get credit for wasn't a problem for me. times I got really homesick, some of the classes I took over Did it takeyou verylongto get Did you have to lose a year of there, butnotgrades, soIhavea overbeinghomesick?Orwasthata school to take part in this program ? lot of credits on my transcript problem at all? No. I went over during my Continued on page 28 That's All RightF Now during Globe Furniture's NO CASH sale, credit-qualified customers can select anything from our huge in-stock inventory of brand name furniture, floorcovering and bedding with absolutely NO DOWN PAYMENT, NO PAYMENTS AND NO INTEREST for 6 months. ($399 min. purchase required - layaway & special orders require customary 20% deposit.) 1"WIN /. " --i Starting At: "~ ca. pc. Several Styles & Colors ...... : from : :: i DISCOVER WHY . ~J~ll nO E say./ m.fn, | Luxurious Chaise Style La-Z-Boy Recliners from $249 "/ I1/ DOWN'IDWN LA GP, AI E