Twins Split

Sophomore twins Nancy and Michelle Jones have the opportunity to study in Germany for ten months.

BYX doesn’t require any experience with the German language. However, Nancy (Right) and Michelle (Left) Jones have been to Germany before and take German class.
BYX doesn’t require any experience with the German language. However, Nancy (Right) and Michelle (Left) Jones have been to Germany before and take German class.

Through a program called Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX), the Joneses are pursuing a scholarship in which they would first travel to Washington, D.C. for a two day intensive German study program that is designed to prepare them for the cultural change.

After that, they would fly to Germany and attend a German camp before moving to live with host families for the remaining eight months where they would attend a German school and be fully emerged in the language.

The program sends a total of 200 high schoolers to Germany every year to act as “high school ambassadors”. Each region sends 50 students to embark on the journey.

The applicants endure a rigorous application process that consists of interviews, both individual and in a group setting, and sending transcripts among other paperwork.

“I’m decently confident but also really really scared,” Nancy Jones said.

The students are not required to have any experience in speaking the German language. Instead, the applicants are selected for exhibiting specific qualities. For instance, being able to adapt quickly to situations, being open minded and working well in a group environment.

While the twins are excited for the opportunity, their grandmother isn’t welcoming the fact that she wouldn’t be able to see her granddaughters for ten months.