Yuri Alexander Romana Rivas

Being a CESL student has been an experience that has altered my life positively. CESL has contributed to my growing fundamentally in three important aspects 1) Improving my English substantially and 2) meeting people from different cultures and 3) making new friends. One important aspect that I achieved at CESL was to enhance my English skills substantially. As a Colombian Fulbright grantee I was sent to CESL in order to improve my English proficiency so that I could perform better in the TOEFL IBT to obtain admission to an American University. I am pleased to share with you that in two month I could improve my score from 73 to 96 in the TOEFL IBT. It was something that I could attain because of the high quality of the instructors at CESL and my personal commitment to learning and applying all the knowledge I received from them. Another important aspect that I accomplished at CESL was to meet people from different cultures and continents such as Asia, Africa, the Americas and Europe. By sharing with people from these places I have broadened more my perspective about the world. For instance, I have learned more about the importance of Ramadan for Arabic people, the multilingualism of Africa, the creativity of Asians and the passion of people from The Americas. Similarly, I told them about the large population of Afro descendants which exists not only in Colombia, but also in Latin America where a current research shows that approximately 150 million of the Latina America population is black. The other outstanding aspect of my experience as a CESL student was making new friends. During my seven month at CESL I had the opportunity of taking part of many CESL outdoor activities in which I could share with student from different countries and build bridges between our cultures and societies. For instance, we taught one another different words from our native languages and how people in our cultures behave in certain situations such as what they say or do before having meals. Likewise, we exchanged our contacts information and nowadays I have many new friends in Face book from all over the world and this is something really awesome. In short, even though I experienced great moments at CESL, I consider Improving my English dramatically, getting to know people from other cultures and making new friends as the most valuable aspects of my experience, insomuch that it has allowed me to mature as a person and facilitate me pursuing my academic goals.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011
"Being part of CESL is an incomparable experience. All the things that we learn here are important because we interact with people from all over the world."