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 Turkish student Buse Yildirim tells us more about her experience at Embassy Brighton as part of our series, My Embassy Life.
Hi, my name is Buse. I’m 23 years old and my hometown is Istanbul in Turkey. I am studying General English course at Embassy English Brighton for three months. I am an only child, but I come from a large family so I like making new friends and having conversations.
Before studying at Embassy Brighton I graduated from university and got a degree in Industrial Engineering. Before I looked for a job I wanted to improve my English speaking and also I wanted to come to Embassy English Brighton to do this. The reason I chose Brighton because it’s a small city and close to the sea. Also I believe there are less Turkish people here compared to London so I can be more independent.
When I first arrived to study at Embassy English I struggled to understand native speakers and I was nervous to talk to people. Then I discovered my English was getting better and also my self-confidence was developing at the same time. I also realised after studying here at Embassy for a while I was becoming more confident in my communication skill and I was able to reply to more difficult questions.
I then decided to become an Embassy Student Ambassador because I thought it was a brilliant chance to help improve my English and to meet more students. The Embassy activities are really good and important for students, because they are the best way to meet other students and make friends.
My favourite activity with Embassy Brighton was going to see the musical called Wicked “I was so happy to see the musical, it made me happy, sad and feel so many emotions at the same time. And I couldn’t find any words to describe this experience”.
Any activities that students want to do all they need to do is ask Kitt (Activities Manager) and he will help you. Every other week Kitt organizes an international student meal and we advise and choose a restaurant from a different country.
One time we went to Sushi Mania, but I didn’t like the sea weed around the sushi but still I was happy to try new experiences and we all still had fun.
My favourite phrases to say is English are “Hove actually” (Brighton humour!) and “Do you know what I mean”.
The best advice I could give to new students would be if you want to learn and improve your English go outside and meet new people and practice speaking English as much as you can. I have found everyone will help you if they can. Joining in with all the social activities is an amazing way to build new friendships and meet many new students from different places and cultures.
One friend in particular I met was Layz from Brazil. We met at Embassy Brighton and became close friends. Before I came here I could not imagine that I would find a friend as good as Layz. I spent a lot of my time with her and we developed a strong bond.
Another bit of advice to give would be not to bring to many clothes as England has a lot of great cheap shops to buy clothes and fashionable items from. However if you come from Turkey and you like Turkish breakfast like me you may miss the cheese and olive. You should come prepared.
Maybe if you’re a new student when you first start at Embassy English take a short video of yourself when you are speaking English, and then look back at it later in your course and you will be able to see the development of your speaking.
Embassy English Brighton is a brilliant place to learn English, the staff in the canteen, academic office, student services, security are all really friendly and willing to help. There is an amazing atmosphere in the school.
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