Ángela Carolina Botero Zuluaga, our newest student blogger, has been working as a journalist in her home country of Colombia, 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 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 Life in fascinating Melbourne, Australia!
It is 12:30 p.m. Friday. Many students and teachers are gathered together to congratulate those students who have finished their courses. Clearly it is not easy to say goodbye, but it is rewarding when, as a student, you start to remember all the experiences lived with your classmates and teachers.
Actually, when you have achieved one of your goals in your life, you feel like you have reached the sky.One by one went in front to receive the certificate while the public claps cheerfully. Some students cry, others just smile, and one of them even receives a bouquet of flowers. In graduation day, all is possible.
Alfredo is from Monteria, Colombia. He is kind, energetic and if you knew him, you are sure that he is passionate about dancing. He was one of the graduates and has clear in his mind that day in which he decided to start his adventure in Melbourne.
“My sister was here in Melbourne and she told me how the life here was, and all advantages this city offers. Knowing that, I did not think twice and came here. In the beginning, living here was hard because my town is small and Melbourne is a big city; I admit I was scared. In spite of my anxiety and uncertainty, now I firmly believe I am grateful and I want to be for a long time in Melbourne,” Alfredo comments holding his certificate in Advanced English.
Alfredo has travelled around Melbourne and other cities. In addition, he has made many friends from different countries and even he feels proud because he is picking up other Asian languages.
“I like to know about other cultures, so I have a friend from Japan, Thailand and Korea. They have taught me some words,” Alfredo said.
The graduation finishes and Alfredo, as well as other students, takes his backpack to go to study. Now he is just waiting to start his diploma in software development. Meanwhile, he is working hard in a market and sometimes as a cleaner.
Although he knows it is a big effort, this will be rewarding for him and his family.
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