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Embassy English 14 March 2016 - by Emma Oseguera, Student, Embassy English San Francisco

My Embassy Life San Francisco: Emma Oseguera from Mexico


One of the greatest parts of being a student at Embassy English are the experiences. Students come to Embassy not only to improve their English language skills, but also to explore new parts of the world, to take part in diverse cultural activities, and to meet people from all over the globe. This week, Emma from Mexico tells us more about her experience in San Francisco as part of our series, My Embassy Life San Francisco. 

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Full name: Emma Oseguera Matos

Course studied: TOEFL

Level of English at the beginning of your course: Advanced

 

My time at Embassy English in San Francisco has been one of the most important and pleasant experiences of my life. I decided to study English abroad because I wanted to live in and explore San Francisco, improve my English skills in order to take the TOEFL test, and meet people from different cultures. My name is Emma Oseguera, I am a girl from Mexico and in the next paragraphs I will tell you the story about my time studying at Embassy English San Francisco.

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First, San Francisco is a very cosmopolitan city and it is well known as a touristic destination around the world. Many people from all over come to visit San Francisco and enjoy all the interesting places and activities that this metropolis has to offer.  I had visited San Francisco before, but it was only as a tourist. So, when it came time to decide which school I wanted to go to it was easy to say San Francisco!

During the three months that I spent living in the city I visited many touristic places, and enjoyed many other activities as well, such as crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, hiking up Coit Tower, taking the ferry to visit Alcatraz, drinking Ghirardelli’s hot chocolate, biking to Tiburon harbor, enjoying Giants baseball games at AT&T park, watching outdoor movies in Union Square, walking around North Beach, shopping at Premium Outlets, visiting the museums in the Presidio, and many other fun attractions.

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Second, the TOEFL test is requested by many institutions as a requirement to enroll in their courses. I am interested in getting a Master in Business Administration at the University of San Francisco and for this reason I chose to take the TOEFL class. I have to say that TOEFL is a really good course because it is well focused in helping students improve their four skills needed to get a high score on the test. In addition, we had a special section dedicated to learn academic vocabulary and the right way to use words. Furthermore, the environment in the class was very enthusiastic, especially on Fridays, because we usually played Jenga!

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It was a really exciting way to review and learn academic vocabulary. Another important point about the TOEFL class is the teacher. He has a lot of knowledge and he encouraged us to learn techniques related to the test, and to debate different kinds of topics which complement the class content. This test has been a big challenge for me because of the fact that it is timed. Indeed, my weakest skill on the test is reading; meanwhile my strongest skill is listening. Though the test is quite challenging, I have to say that I highly recommend this course at Embassy English San Francisco.

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Third, I have always been interested in learning about different cultures and people from other parts of the world and by studying at Embassy I had the opportunity to interact with many international people. Furthermore, I was hosted by a local family and this experience helped me understand many aspects about San Francisco’s social, economic, political, and cultural issues. Additionally, during my time in San Francisco, Halloween took place! The Embassy staff put on a costume contest and a pumpkin carving contest, both of which were very exciting, and it is relevant to mention that my TOEFL class won the pumpkin carving contest!

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Moreover, many places in the city offered Halloween celebrations, but in my opinion, the most amazing festival was on Castro Street, where hundreds of people gathered to celebrate by wearing original costumes and exchanging pictures. This event added a plus to my view of San Francisco’s lifestyle. In the end, beyond just meeting people, I was able to make some close friends and this has inspired me to keep traveling and learning about new countries.

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In conclusion, during my time studying at Embassy I had the opportunity to get to know the city better, to improve my TOEFL skills, and to meet people from all over the world. I think that this kind of experience helps people understand different perspectives of the world and surpass their own limits. In my personal case, I will always remember these three months at Embassy English San Francisco as one of the best trips that I have ever had.

To learn more about studying English in exciting San Francisco, USA, contact us today! And check out our previous blogs this month for more from our My Embassy Life San Francisco series. 

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