Goodbye to the Monastery

Today, we will say goodbye to the Monastery. It was EC San Francisco’s residence for over 5 years. During these years, The Monastery welcomed hundreds of students from all around the world. Living there allowed students to meet new people, to spend good times together, and mostly, to practice and improve their English! Usually, Monasterians could gather together in the student lounge to play games, to have dinner, to chat… Or they could meet in the kitchen to cook together, and share their culinary cultures. It was always nice to hang out in the lounge, because you could always meet a friend or people from the school that you do not know, and get to talk with them. The Monastery also had a roof top with amazing views of the Mission neighborhood, Twin Peaks, and the downtown area. EC had a lot of activities there, especially barbecues. It was a great way for everyone to get to know each other and continue to practice their English with each other. One chapter closes, but another one opens As the intern of EC San Francisco, I lived at the Monastery for almost three months. I consider this place like my home away from home, and I think everyone who has lived in this place could say the same. We all made unforgettable memories there that we will always cherish. I am very happy that I lived there and got to spend great times with the Monasterians. One chapter closes, but others immediately open! We are very excited at EC San Francisco to welcome our students to three other residences, The Monroe, The Columbus and Ventaggio Turk. Let’s write new memories together! If you would like to study and have fun in San Francisco, check out our EC San Francisco English Centre!


Mari from Japan: “You will like San Francisco for sure!”

  Mari, a student from Japan, has been with us at EC San Francisco for 10 months. She was taking an Intensive course at EC San Francisco and finally graduated EC San Francisco. In addition to this, she was one of the student ambassadors and organized lots of activities for all students at EC San Francisco. She was supposed to move to other cities, but she decided not to do it. She has stayed in San Francisco to study English with her wonderful friends until the end of her study at EC San Francisco. Here are some comments from Mari: EC is the best school I’ve ever been to! The staff is kind and friendly and the teachers helped me a lot and it’s pretty easy to understand what they teach. In addition, the students who are from different countries are great!! You can make many friends, who are from different cultures. I really enjoyed every time in SF because of the guys and EC! I felt cozy when I was in San Francisco. I really love the atmosphere, the food, San Francisco and, etc. I bet you won’t regret studying English at EC San Francisco. EC has plenty of different activities, which are organized by student ambassadors. I used to be a student ambassador so I organized many activities which made the students enjoy their after school life. If you want to make unique activities, you should be a student ambassador. In the end, I highly recommend going and studying in EC. If I can, I really want to go back to San Francisco! I could create many memories which I will never forget.   Are you interested in studying in San Francisco? Check out our Business English Courses in San Francisco!

Foued from France: “All is possible!”

  Foued, a student from France was with us at EC San Francisco for 6 months. Instead of taking Intensive English Courses in San Francisco, Foued decided to try a Semi-Intensive schedule. In addition to this, he often went to free classes and he was often seen studying at the Monastery residence. On his first day, Foued tested into Elementary. After taking his Exit Test, Foued learned that his level was now Advanced. What a feat! Congratulations Foued, we are so proud of you!  Here are some comments from Foued: Why did you choose to study at EC San Francisco? I chose EC because San Francisco is the IT capital of the world and I chose EC because a friend of mine studied at EC and he recommended it. What was your favorite thing about EC San Francisco? I enjoyed the environment here and all the people that I met. What is your favorite memory of San Francisco? My favorite memory is the BBW we had at Baker Beach.  That was so much fun! What advice would you give to a new student studying at EC San Francisco ? Don’t come to the USA if you are under 21 years old, you will not be able to drink!  Just kidding.  Study and do your homework so that you can go as far as you can.  All is possible!

Meet new Student Ambassador Mara!

  This month EC San Francisco has 2 new Student Ambassadors. One of these is Mara Dessauer from Switzerland. Mara is a very friendly student that enjoys going out and exploring San Francisco.  She lives at The Monastery Residence and often takes advantage of EC@Home.  Here are some fun facts about Mara: Name : Mara Nationality: Swiss Age: 21 What do I do in my country?: I am studying Psychology Personality and Hobbies:  I am an open-minded, friendly and patient person.  I love to travel, spend time with my friends and I a ma group fitness instructor.  

Meet new Student Ambassdor Sena!

  Rounding out the group of awesome new Student Ambassadors is the fabulous Sena Kansiz from Turkey. Sena will be with us for several months and she also lives at The Monastery Residence so many students will have the pleasure of knowing and participating in many activities with her. Here are some words from Sena: “Hey! I’m Sena from Turkey! I’m 22 and I’m graduated from Kadir Has University-Istanbul . My major was cinema and television. And during my university education I’ve worked in a TV channel for 3 years which produced The Voice of Turkey,Turkey’s got talent, Survivor and Rising Star Turkey. Before my TV experience I’ve worked for Istanbul Modern Art Museum. I do snowboarding for 7 years and I love horse riding. I like to travel and explore new places. I took photo lessons and I can take a picture of everything I see:) i’m addicted to listening to music and I’m sure that we get along well!”

Meet new Student Ambassador Cristóbal!

  Another new Student Ambassador at EC San Francisco this month is Cristóbal Mardones from Chile. He is actually in San Francisco studying at EC with his brother, sister and also his father.  Prior to the arrival of his brother and father, Cristóbal and his sister both stayed at The Monastery Residence where they both often visit and do activities with other EC students.  Here are some words from Cristóbal: “Hey my name is Cristóbal and I am from Chile. I like any kind of journey, travel or trip in San Francisco and also I am informed of many events and great places to go in this amazing city. If you have any doubt or you need any company, come to me!!!”

Meet new Student Ambassador Mohammed!

  Another new Student Ambassador is Mohammed Alemam from Saudi Arabia. Mohammed is part of a special group of students here since last summer. Mohammed is here long term, so it only makes sense for him to be an ambassador.  Since his arrival, he is always socializing and befriending many students. Although he lives with a host family, Mohammed spends a lot of quality time with students at The Monastery Residence, making them feel welcomed and an important part of our EC Family.   Here are some words from Mohammed: “Hi, My name is Mohammed from Saudi Arabia. I have been here since July. This place is awesome, you guys should enjoy every single moment in San Francisco.If you have any questions feel free to ask me. I’m looking forward to seeing you!”  

Meet new Student Ambassador Julien!

  Another new Student Ambassador is Julien Hégé from France. Julien is also part of a special group of students here from Strasbourg, France who are required to study abroad as part of their business program at the EM Strasbourg Business School. Julien is staying with his group in a downtown residence; however, you might spot him sporadically hanging out at The Monastery Residence playing UNO with fellow students. Here are some words from Julien: “Hi, my name is Julien and I’m a French student! I’ll stay at EC San Francisco for 10 weeks in total. My passion is music (I sing & play the ukulele and a little bit of piano). I love coffee, meeting people, and of course FOOD! I also enjoy travelling and discovering new places. I’d be glad to help you settle here in San Francisco, and answer any question you might have about the school, the city, and more!”

Meet new Student Ambassador Pierre!

  This month EC San Francisco is lucky enough to have 5 new Student Ambassadors. One of these is Pierre Çakmur from France. Pierre is part of a special group of students here from Strasbourg, France who are required to study abroad as part of their business program at the EM Strasbourg Business School.  Pierre initially had private accommodation but will move to The Monastery Residence, so students will not only be able to socialize and participate in activities he leads for EC, they will also be able to practice English with him after hours.  Here are some words from Pierre: “Hi everybody! I’m Pierre, a student from France. I’ll be studying here in EC until the 24th of March. If you have any question or concern about anything, I’ll be glad to help you. I love walking in San Francisco, so if you want to visit the city, come see me, I can show you some really beautiful places! I hope you’ll enjoy your time here as much as I do, and I’m looking forward to meeting you all!”

Nora graduates from EC San Francisco

Nora from Russia: “Be more talkative.”

Why did you choose to study at EC San Francisco? I chose EC San Francisco because I took my friend’s advice. What was your favorite thing about EC San Francisco? My favorite thing about EC San Francisco is the new students who arrived with me and the perfect teachers. What is your favorite memory of San Francisco? My favorite memory of San Francisco is biking the Golden Gate Bridge, Pier 39, and the Nightlife at the Academy of Sciences. What advice would you give to a new student learning English at EC SF? My advice to new students learning English at EC San Francisco would be to be more talkative, friendly and speak just English, as well as do your homework! Nora studied at EC San Francisco for several weeks.  Have fun and study ESL in the USA!