1. What’s your hometown? Can you describe it to us?
I’m from Bogota the capital of Colombia. I grew up in Chia a small town next to Bogota and just 3 years ago I moved to the capital with my family. This city welcome people around the country and also around the world, that’s what makes Bogota multicultural. There are around 50 museums and what’s more the centre of Bogota “La Candelaria” is the historic centre of Bogota and the home to the top museums, the government palaces and beautiful old colonial buildings.
2. What did you do before coming to EC Oxford?
The last year I finished my university and I obtained a Business Administration degree. After that I’d been working in a bank for 10 months in the marketing department before I came to EC. Now I’m looking for my masters on International Business Development or Innovation Management in the UK or Europe.
3. What is your favourite thing about studying at EC Oxford?
The first day I got to the school in Oxford I felt a warm welcome. The students and all the staff team are friendly and make you feel like home. My favourite thing is that the teachers teach you not only the formal English but perhaps the daily English, so you could learn the words that people use outside the school. In addition, all the weeks there is an afternoon clinic about grammar, speaking, listening, etc. where you can practice your English skills and answer all the questions that you might have.
4. What do you recommend in Oxford for other students?
I love old architecture, art and history and Oxford has all of them. There are a lot of museum where you can find history about Oxford, famous paintings or history of science and nature. In the City Centre you can find the Radcliffe Camera, Bodleian Library, Bridge of Sight, this places have that kind of old architecture that I really love. My favourite place is 20 minutes by bus from Oxford, The Blenheim Palace. This palace has a story to tell you and has an enormous collection of paintings. All the things that you find in the palace has a story behind.
5. Can you tell us one thing that surprised you about living in the UK?
I didn’t expect to find people around the word in Oxford and it’s amazing. I think that at the moment you share your culture with people that are from different countries, your mind just travels around the world learning different things. In my case, I learnt about Saudi, Korean, Japanese culture and some words in these languages and I want to learn more about cultures in the world.