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Auglaize County Common Pleas Judge Fred Pepple’s office recently took on two new interns — two German students who are digging deeper into their law studies.
Twenty-year-old Isabel Lischewski, who attends the University of Muenster, in Germany, came to Wapakoneta to study common law and experience law hands-on.
“I liked working with Judge Pepple,” Lischewski said. “He had interesting tasks for me, and he made an effort to explain stuff, like why he did what he did.”
Lischewski said she learned about a lot of what she experiences in class in Germany hands-on here. By studying here, the experience gave her a different perspective because she actually had an opportunity to witness the law system in action.
“It’s totally different when you have a hands-on experience,” Lischewski said.
She said that she never really witnessed a court hearing in Germany, so this trip had taught her a lot that she will take with her.
Lischewski spent time in Wapakoneta for the three-week internship, and she recently went back to Germany last week, but during her stay here, she observed the trials during this short-time period.
“We saw the personal drama,” Lischewski said. “If you have a criminal case, you have emotional cases.”
She not only witnessed the verdicts of each case, but she saw the emotion of the people who were involved and the impact this had on their lives.
Lischewski stayed with host family Shirley and Bob Wiesenmayer, who showed her the area and introduced her to new foods and American traditions.
“We had family events and did everyday stuff,” Lischewski said.
When asked how she liked the food in American, she said it was very similar to what she was used to, but one food, in particular, took her off guard.
“Fried pickles,” Lischewski said of one certain food that she ate here that stuck out to her. “It was kind of a different experience.”
But overall, Lischewski said that the food is very similar, except some cuisines are just made differently.
She also had the opportunity to see an art museum in Toledo and to visit Columbus where she toured the courts with Pepple.
She also noticed the difference in attitudes from Americans to Germans.
“I have thought that Americans are more friendly and outgoing and really generous,” Lischewski said.
Another difference is the public transportation system in Germany.
“I always go by train,” Lischewski said, referring to how she travels in Germany.
When she goes back home from college on a weekend or during break, she will take a three-hour train ride back to and from Heinsberg, where her parents and brother and sister live.
Not as many people own cars in Germany as they do here.
“One-and-a-half kids is the average family size in Germany,” Lischewski said. “Families are bigger here and are closer.”
She noted that she observed that families tend to spend more time together here, than they do in Germany.
While this was not her first time in American, as she has been to Nebraska to attend a partner school for a short time, she had enjoyed her experience the second time around.
“I had a great time,” Lischewski said. “Wapak is a good place to do the internship. If you are in a big city, you don’t see everything as close.”