Over the years, we have had a variety of foreign exchange students come to learn at New Haven High School. Last year, we hosted a girl from Germany, a girl from Italy, and a girl from Pakistan. A few years ago, we hosted a boy from Egypt. This year, New Haven High School has one foreign exchange student. Henrik Simon Linzenich is a 17 year old senior at New Haven High from Cologne, Germany. Besides the U.S., he has traveled to Canada, Turkey, Austria, Spain, Italy, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Greece.
Henrik stated, “I wanted to become a foreign exchange student because my sister was an exchange student in the United States once before and loved it. I also wanted to improve my English.”
Henrik has two sisters and a half brother back home, but says that he hasn’t gotten too homesick yet. In fact, the thing that he said he missed the most from Germany was the delicious ice cream and bread.
Back home, Henrik enjoys playing soccer, going to the city of Cologne, and playing video games with his friends. His favorite thing to do in his free time is to take naps.
Since his arrival, Henrik has enjoyed his time in America. When it comes to school, Henrik says, “It is very strict compared to my school, but I like it!”
His favorite thing about New Haven is the Mexican restaurant, El Ranchito, and his favorite memory so far is spending time at the Washington fair. The main difference between Germany and here, according to Henrik is that “everybody’s got trucks, and it’s a bit more spread out, not so compressed.”
If you haven’t met Henrik yet, give him a wave and a warm welcome to our school.