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 caught up with Hyegyeong Choi, our South Korean Student Ambassador to Embassy Auckland.
Hi my name is Hyegyeong Choi, but everyone calls me ‘Hayley’ which is my English name. Also, my nickname is ‘Tuna’ or ‘koala’. I’m from western part of South Korea, Pyeongtaek. I’ve been in New Zealand for about 5 months to study English.
When I came here at first, I couldn’t speak English very well. I couldn’t understand any radio, song, people’s conversation. But I improved quickly thanks to good teachers and my effort. So now I can speak English pretty well, understand some radio, lyrics and people’s conversation in the street. I’m so glad to be accomplished and I enjoy my class every day.
I’m taking a General English intensive 28 course, which is the longest course.
I was pre-intermediate at first. But now I’ve just entered upper-intermediate. But my progress level, which is the end of upper-intermediate, is higher than my target level for this month.
There are several reasons. The first of all is because I’ve had a dream to speak English very well like a native speaker since I was young. And also, it is my mother’s dream as well. She’s wanted me to go abroad to study. I was dreaming about living and studying abroad when I was in middle school. So I wondered how it is. The last one is that if I can speak English very well, it will be easier to get a good job or I can work abroad, I hope.
Because this is the one of the best English academies in the world and I heard that this is freer and there are more activities, which is the opposite of South Korean education. Also Embassy is good at communication between teachers and students.
When they don’t know some vocabulary or understand some grammar, which I know well, I explain these them to help them understand well. I usually use some metaphors or give them some examples.
And socially, I take care of classmates who can’t get along with others because of shyness or who are homesick or depressed. I listen to them and give them some advice or sometimes I take them to a party, because I love people and would like to help them.
I can’t choose only one because I am still here. It might be Friday trip to Muriwai beach or could be a party with classmates or trip with classmates.
– Failure leads to success
– No pain, No gain
When it comes to my future plans, before I go back to Korea, I will go to Sydney, Australia by myself. Because I’ve just got a job as a cashier, I will save some money to go on a trip. It must be good for improving my English because there are mostly Kiwi customers and I have to take orders by phone in English. And also it is much cheaper to fly to Sydney from here than from my country. And then I will go back to my country to finish my university degree. Moreover, if I could get some time for a break later, I’d go another country to work by working holiday visa.
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