High School Confidential: "Quasi-Cult-Status" for Rick
I'm a German teacher at Millard North High School here in Omaha. I wanted to take a moment to thank you for all that you do. When I was in college, your travel books and videos were an extremely positive influence on me and how I organized my trips to Europe. More importantly, I always agreed with your advice that wise travelers will always try to remove as many barriers between themselves and the culture they come to visit. I strive to do that every time I visit Europe and I believe it has made me a much better person in the process.
Besides education, I do not think there is any better way to educate oneself than through travel. I became a German teacher just in the past year, and I do my best to teach my students not only an appreciation for other cultures, but also a strong wanderlust. I want my students to see life as an adventure for which they must boldly write their own personal script.
This past March you visited Omaha. Throughout the year, we've used your videos on Germany, Austria & Switzerland as a teaching tool in all levels of German. In fact, you've achieved a quasi-cult-status amongst my students. I invited my students to attend your lecture and over 30 showed up. Although they were a bit raucous at times, you were kind enough to invite us all on stage for a picture.
Thanks again for coming to Omaha and speaking to our community.
Millard North High School