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Wednesday, Jan tZ. 2001 11A im Motc alf ence of living abroad, she said. Although Leonhardt of Quin- and her roommate, another accustomed to student, are on their own sounds of Vien- when it comes to meals, the all of it. old world philosophy about major at the Uni- food and being generous with Pacific (UOP) in it holds true from the Strakes. and known locally As a bonus, Leonhardt, who exceptional singing is now studying German for decided to the first time, helps the grand- her horizons and daughter with her English in Semester studying in exchange for a little friendly advice about German. Semester has now The German language has a second, as Leon- totally enthralled Leonhardt. it was just as She finds the sounds so must- continue another cal and enjoys learning it. Studies abroad than When she returns to UOP next year as a senior, she intends to learn something to declare a minor in the sub- world (Leonhardt ject. student for "I'm now reading 'Harry Rotary in Ger- Potter,' in German," she said she learned she couldabout an international best foreign city and still seller for children--and for she needed at adults. Paying UOP tuition Leonhardt said re- , While home in Quincy I have all of the advan- UOP," she added, plus of living in Vi- way too easy to go," had discov- travel abroad pro- a second semester !as easy for the junior. her course list what was available she filled out the enabled her to a of classes in it," Leonhardt said in the foreign in the heart of the a block from said. clOesn't live in a college or an apartment, but Viennese cou- are raising their 13- granddaughter. ; to know the Strakes culture through them part of the experi- The foreign cities of Europe in Vienna. are becoming a familiar part Clams While German is one of the eyes about eastern Europe,"school. classes Leonhardt has thor-she said. Although Leonhardt has in- oug ly enjoyed, she was also "I can draw you a better cluded Budapest, Prague, involved in a teaching intern- map of Europe than I can ofParis and a few other Euro- ship in one of the Viennesethe United States, by far," she pean cities on her list of tray- schools, said, about the influence the els, she has been more content Helping out in the elemen- class had on her. staying in Vienna and learn- tary grades, Leonhardt saidBesides a performance ing what the city and its peo- her main focus became get- workshop, Leonhardt also ple have to offer. ting the youngsters involved found a private voice teacher She said she became accus- in learning English and some- who is affiliated with the Vi- tomed to history at a distance, thing about her own back- ennese music conservatory, a while living in Quincy, but in ground, prestigious organization. Vienna, it's kept in the pre- Leonhardt said it was excit- sent, and that's evident in the ing because she wasn't trying Music many museums the city has to teach them English, but While learning about Vien- and how much they are used. rather about things that are ha, its people and its heritage, World War II and its impact common in the United States. she said she was amazed at on the city is still very much For instance, Halloween is how important music is to the in people's minds. just becoming popular in the citizens. city, and Leonhardt dressedThe public supports two op-Coming home as a witch for her classes,eras and five live performance Leonhardt will be returning Theylovedit, shesaid, theaters, she said. And, even to Plumas County to work "Oh, I had so much fun," the teens make it a point to again at the Feather River she said about her own in- visit theseon a regular basis. Inn, where she spends her volvement. Leonhardt has included per-summers as a camp coun- At Christmas time, she in- tbrmances into her schedule, selor. troduced 1/er students to the as well as getting to tour the When she finishes college, "Grinch." Vienna City Opera. she's considering graduate "I did 'How the Grinch stole school. Christmas,'" and that was Travel When asked if she had the popular, as well. Leonhardt admitted she opportunity to remain in Vi- Another class Leonhardt hasn't traveled as much out- enna, would she accept it, or took was about nations and side the city, as she did as an return later, her answer was religion. "It really opened my exchange student in high definitely yes. Photo submitted of Suzanne Leonhardt's background as she lives and studies Photo by Victoria Metcalf Suzanne Leonhardt, a Quincy High School graduate, and a current student at the University of the Pacific in Stock- ton, was home during Christmas, taking a break from her busy schedule in Vienna. 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