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Embassy English 18 May 2016 - by Santiago Rodriguez Rubiano, Student, Embassy English Cambridge

Meet Santiago, Student Ambassador to Embassy Cambridge


Embassy English Student Ambassadors participate in Orientation Day presentations and extracurricular activities, and they offer valuable advice about site-seeing, local cultural events, and adjusting to life far away from home. These Ambassadors act as a “buddy-system” for our  students, so that everyone has a peer who has already experienced Embassy and can be an adviser and new friend from day one. This week, we met with Santiago Rodriguez Rubiano, a Colombian Student Ambassador to Embassy Cambridge

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Tell us about yourself! 

Colombia, I was studying Architecture at University. I am in the middle of my degree.

What course are you taking at Embassy?

General English Intensive.

What was your level of English before you started Embassy?

I began in Pre -Intermediate class in December, I am now in the Upper Intermediate class and I am really happy with my progress so far.

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Why did you want to learn English abroad?

To continue my studies I need to have a good level of English. I want to travel in the future speaking English will allow me to communicate with more people.

What made you choose Embassy English?

I looked at other schools in Cambridge but I liked the look of Embassy the most. It seemed to be the best value for money.

What’s the best thing about learning English with us?

The teachers are really friendly and because it is a smaller school everyone knows everyone personally.  There is a nice cosy family atmosphere.

How has your English improved?

It’s improved a lot. When I arrived I didn’t understand anything and now I can understand and hold good conversations with people.

What has helped you to improve your English the most?

The teachers have been really helpful. I have made great friends here and built good relationships; we travel a lot together and have to speak English all the time when we travel. We are all similar ages which really helps as it means we have a lot in common.  I attend a lot of activities on the Social Programme and go to Conversation Club every week which is helping me to learn different vocabulary and build a good understanding about different cultures and global issues.

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What are your top 3 favourite places in this city?

There is a good night life in Cambridge and a lot of events that are organised particularly for International students.

I like the architecture and all the green parks in Cambridge.

The market is also really nice.

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Were there any teachers at your centre that helped you to succeed?

I have IELTS classes in the afternoons and Chris’ (Reakirt) lessons are really informative and he makes them fun!

What has surprised you most about this experience?

That there is such a big mix of cultures not only in the school but also in Cambridge, you can meet a variety of different people.

What’s your favourite memory so far?

The Easter Eggstavagansa was a lot of fun, so many students were involved and no one was worried about making a fool of themselves or ending up covered in egg. It was great to have everyone together doing something completely different.

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How do you think speaking English will help you in the future?

Speaking English will open up a number of opportunities for me in the future, it will help me to get a better job, and put me in a position where I am able to meet many more people.

Who would you most like to say thank you to and why?

I have been the school’s student representative so have worked a lot with Alice to plan activities, she has encouraged me to talk to lots of different students and get involved with as many things as possible.  I have been able to organise a South American Day with my friends which has given me a chance to teach other students about our culture.

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Would you recommend Embassy English to other students?

Absolutely, I am really enjoying my time here.

What do you plan to do after your English course?

I will take IELTS and return to my Country. In the future I hope to study a masters somewhere in Europe, having a good level of English will also help me with this.

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