German Student Moves To America For One Semester

May 16, 2018

Some people have two different homes, most of the time in the same city, at least the same state, even the same country, but for Anakin Hutto, his two homes are located on two different continents. Hutto was born and lives in Germany with his mother and sister and visits his dad in America during the summer.

Hutto is half German and half American. His father used to be in the military and was stationed in Germany when he met Hutto’s mother. Because of this Hutto is bilingual, he can fluently speak German and English. In addition to that, he’s taking French this year.

“I decided to spend this semester in America because I was failing my classes back in Germany anyway, so I just thought why not,” Hutto said.

Hutto is only staying for one semester because he has to finish school in Germany, nothing he does here will transfer to his schooling over there. In Germany, there are 13 grades and 13 classes split up over a week and sometimes classes get out at 1 p.m.

“The main difference between schools in Germany and schools here is that the schools there are a lot more strict, people here are more relaxed and welcoming. On my first day, people were really friendly, they asked me to sit by them and talked to me, but in Germany, if I was a new student that probably wouldn’t have happened,” Hutto said.

Hutto says the classes in Germany are much harder than those in America. The classes required in the U.S. for sophomores are required in the seventh grade, so they take more classes than students do in America. Students do not choose their classes because they take the same ones every year. Students can choose to graduate after the ninth or tenth year of school instead of doing all 13 years. The students who graduate early go into a trade that doesn’t require a high school diploma. Only the students who complete all 13 grades and make good grades have the option to go to college.

“I don’t like the fact that college is so hard to get into in Germany because I want to go and study psychology,” Hutto said.

Hutto’s transition from taking German classes to taking American classes has been mostly smooth. He has adapted well to the different styles of learning and is actually excelling and thriving in his classes.

“Anakin is a very good student and is very smart. I don’t think the fact that he’s from a different country has held him back in his learning, the formatting is a little different than he is used to but other than that he is doing well,” English teacher Hannah Clemons said.


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