By Sophie Nulph
A 2019 Westfhield High School graduate spent the last year in Germany on a full scholarship, interning and learning about German culture.
Cody Fenimore traveled around Europe with the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange. He was one of 25 U.S. students chosent to participate in the year-long journey.
Fenimore learned about the program through WHS German teacher Laura Mulligan, who encouraged him to apply.
“It’s a year you’ll never forget,” Fenimore said.
The scholarship paid for the entire year, which required $5,000 for travel and spending expenses.
The vocational program, specific to high school graduates about to enter college, took Fenimore to nations all across Europe including England, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxemburg, Austria, France, Switzerland and Poland. The primary destination was Germany.
The first two months of the program was a language course. Participants stayed with host families.
“Going in, I was very nervous without knowing any of the language,” Fenimore said.
Fenimore interned with multiple companies along with the Green Party, an international law firm and a startup company. He organized archives, worked in the state parliament building and worked as a translator, among other tasks.
At the end of the year, participants visited the German government building and met politicians. They also attend a speech by the president of the Bundestag.
“(The internships) will help me with my future careers and has helped me decide what university track I want to go to,” Fenimore said.
Fenimore will attend Indiana University in the fall. He plans to study finance at the Kelly School of Business and minor in German. He also wants to continue his travels by studying abroad.