What happens to our students once they’ve left our doors for the last time and fly off into the horizon? Many of our students have gone on to do some pretty interesting things with their lives, and studying English as well as the overall experience of living in a foreign country, has a great deal to do with their success.
“Watcha Up To?” showcases past students and have them share with us what they’re doing at the moment.
I agree with Lucas when he says, “So my advice is never stop studying. Knowledge is the only thing that no one can take out of you.” Read more to enjoy his story!
~Sheetal Makhan / AYC
Watcha Up To?
Hi, my name is Lucas Arcanjo. I’m 26 years old from Resende, Brazil and I started at EC Cape Town in January 2012 at Pre-intermediate. I finished in February 2012 at Intermediate level. It was the first time that I traveled by plane, more than 10 hours travelling. I made friends very quickly because I knew some Brazilians and they help me to make new friends there. And I lived in EC house, so I made friends from other nations there.
There were 5 years that I stopped study English, so when I arrived in Cape Town I had some difficulties to remember the words and I was scared because I thought that people would not understand what I was saying, but after few days I lost this fear. And in my free time I visited very nice places in Cape Town: Lion’s Head and Table Mountain, Robben Island, Cape of Good Hope, Camps Bay Beach, etc.
When I started to study in EC Cape Town, I remembered many words and I could speak and write more, but I thought that I could change the level, because my class was not at the same level than me. So I did an exam and increased my level. After that, I changed the class started to study with other teachers and made new friends. I studied with dynamic teachers in this class that show me new ways to learn English. But I stayed there more only one week, because I had to come back to Brazil. I was in the last semester of University, so I came back to finish my studies. I graduated in September 2012.
Now I’m mechanical engineering, I worked for 5 months in another state of Brazil, 2.5 hours from home and there I stopped to study English again because I didn’t have time to study, my boss was not a nice person, he didn’t give me time to do another thing, only work. But in June 2013, I came back to my city and now I’m living with my parents and looking for a new job. I hope to find a new job as soon, to have conditions to pay an English Course and don’t forget the words again.
Finally, I’d like to go back to Cape Town again to meet some friends, to study English and to go to bungee jump, because when I was there, I didn’t have courage to go!
So my advice is never stop studying. Knowledge is the only thing that no one can take out of you. And if you want to study English, the place that you will study better is in Cape Town, in EC school, because they are prepared to teach you.
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