We are proud to introduce our newest student blogger, Ángela Carolina Botero Zuluaga. Angela has been working as a journalist in her home country of Colombia, but has always felt that she wanted to expand her personal and professional horizons. She knew that in order to achieve her goals of taking her career to the next level, she needed to improve her English language skills. Because Angela’s dreams also included international travel, particularly to Australia, when she discovered Embassy English Melbourne, she knew had found the perfect programme.
As part of her intensive English language immersion, Angela will be writing weekly articles for Study Group’s Brightly Blog, as well as acting as a guest contributor to the Embassy English Blog. Stay tuned to follow Angela’s My Embassy Story in fascinating Melbourne, Australia!
My name is Ángela Carolina Botero Zuluaga. I know! It is a long name, but I´m from Colombia and everybody in my country has two last names. We take the surname of our father and the surname of our mother. Nevertheless, who am I, and here is my story about why I decided to study English in Melbourne, Australia with Embassy English.
First of all, I am from Bogotá, the capital of Colombia, where the weather is very similar to Melbourne. In Bogotá, just like Melbourne, you can wake up feeling very cold, but in the middle of the morning, the sun appears in the blue sky, warming everyone and lighting the big mountains. Then sometimes after lunch it could suddenly start to rain. Because Melbourne’s weather is so similar to Bogota, I feel right at home.
When I finished high school, I was 16, and one of my dreams was to visit Australia. I really wanted to see kangaroos and koalas, and most of all, to have perfect English. However, I decided to put my dreams on hold to earn my BA degree in Social Communication and Journalism, and get experience in my field in Colombia first. I‘ve waited 12 years to make my dream a reality. Now I am 29 years old and living my dream to live in Australia at Embassy English Melbourne!
“When I decided to improve my English in Melbourne, Australia, one of my dreams was to know the icon of this fascinating country: kangaroos. What can I say. My dream came true!”
As far as I am concerned, working as a journalist is one of the most beautiful jobs in the world. Imagine that something unexpected happens every day, and you are the one responsible to reconstruct the story, talk to the people involved, and get all of the facts right. It is so exciting! You can feel your adrenalin racing!
Although I love my profession and being on the go, sometimes I’ve felt frustrated because I’ve lost too many opportunities to interview interesting and famous people because I was not confident with my level of English. This was the main reason I started to finally organize my travel to Australia, the cosmopolitan country I had dreamed: to advance my career and life.
So many people in my country asked me why I chose Australia, especially because it is so far away. My answer has always been: “I want to be in the future!” (Sometimes people do not understand this joke, so let me explain. If you are in Colombia on Wednesday, it is already Thursday in Australia. So people who live in Australia are literally living in the future!)
I have been living fantastic moments in Melbourne visiting natural parks, beaches and tasting delicious food from different countries with new friends. Moreover, I have improved my English and now I feel more confident when talking and writing in English. Improving my language skills at Embassy English Melbourne and being trained to face my future challenges as an international journalist is another one of my dreams I’m realizing in Australia.
I know the path is long, but the most important thing for me is to fulfill my dreams and to live amazing adventures.
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