I like to travel, so I go to many places in weekend and vacation. The first time when I went abroad is when I went to Japan when I was a middle school student. Through that chance, I realized that the world is wild and filled with a variety of people and culture. Actually I don’t like to study English because it is difficult and there are many things to memorize. However, one day I realized that I needed to English. I went to Thailand as a Korean cultural delegate last year, and I had to speak in English. At that time, I felt stressful because of the language. I wanted to talk many things about Korea, but I couldn’t. I felt hopeless because of my poor English. After that, I decided to study English. Besides, I participated in International Winter Camp this February as staff member and made many foreign friends. I realized once more English is important for making a global network and studying English makes my world bigger. For this reason, I applied for this program.
On first day, we arrived at airport and went to a hostel. While we went to the hostel, I saw many Filipinos, but I couldn’t believe that I’m in Philippines. On second day, we had to test for class assignment. I met many people not only from our university but also from other universities. I felt surprised that many people come to Philippines for their own goals. We took a test in the morning, and we had time with teachers. We heard many interesting stories about the Philippines. It was great fun! After the entrance ceremony, we received our time schedules. I was so excited about my classes and teachers. For four weeks, I enjoyed studying English and made wonderful memories with teachers and friends. In the person to person class, I studied grammar, writing, intonation, pronunciation, reading, and so on. It helped me gain more confidence and helped me speak naturally in situations when I met somebody. Intonation and pronunciation were the most difficult part of studying English for me. When I saw my growth, however, I became proud and felt happy. Many useful expressions in the movie were interesting and fun. Studying English by watching movies was helpful in keeping interest. A discussion in English is difficult and different from discussion in Korean. I couldn’t say everything I wanted to say because of my poor English. However, it is helpful to improve English skill in instant situations.
Through this program, I could improve my English skills. I wasn’t afraid of using English any more. Thanks to teachers and friends, I enjoyed studying English. I also made many good friends and great memories. All Filipinos have positive thinking, and they are always happy. I learned the wise way to live a wonderful life from them and Filipino culture. The Philippines gave me a big inspiration. I grew up through this chance. I want to participate in other activities like this program to improve myself.