When Celine Wolff steps onto the Madera South High School campus she is surrounded by nearly twice the number of people that populate her entire hometown of Groß Bülten, Germany.
“It’s much bigger than in Germany,” the exchange student said in a distinct German accent. “I only have one school building over there. We stay in our own classrooms and the teachers come to us.”
The 16-year-old junior has been in the United States for just eight weeks, but already she has made friends at the high school and has settled well into her schoolwork.
“At the beginning it was difficult,” she said. “In every class I have people I understand well. Every week I have more friends and know more people. I am practicing for the basketball team, but at the moment I don’t know if I should join a club; there are many students who tell me about their clubs.” ...