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Student Spotlight – Bashair Alotaibi August 1st, 2017

Bashair is a bubbly just-turned-20-year-old from Saudi Arabia. She recently joined us at ELC but is already making a splash in the classroom. She speaks English well but wishes to improve her grammar and learn to speak with more fluency. Bashair is studying in Saudi Arabia to be a doctor and thinks that English will help her to help a wider variety of patients. Bashair’s enthusiasm and can-do attitude are sure to make her a success here at ELC!

In terms of your experience at ELC in particular and Boston in general, what do you feel most proud of?

Well this is only my first week here, and I’ve enjoyed all of my classes so far and all the people I’ve met. What I will say is what I will be proud of. I think will be proud of improving my English but also for making friends at ELC. I am very excited to make new friends here.

What has been the best activity you participated in and why?

Yesterday we went to the park for field day. We threw water balloons and played softball and did the limbo. It was really fun and a great way to meet and get to know people.

What teacher at ELC made the most impact on you and why?

Aisha is the most active teacher that I have. Her class has a lot of, what’s the word?–participation. She really makes you think quickly in class. I had her in American Culture and we were discussing greetings and how to meet people. What was also very cool was that in the class we discussed how other people do greetings in their own countries. This was a very interesting topic.

What are your hobbies?

Makeup. I got into it from the 8th grade at home. I started off with borrowing my sister’s makeup! I taught myself how by watching videos on the internet and by practicing a lot and by experimenting. Eventually, I got good enough to offer makeup to my friends and they started paying me for it! Even my sister asked me to do her makeup!

What is your favorite American food/place?

The thing I really love about Boston is the Seaside. My home city, Dammam, is also near the sea and I cannot imagine ever living without the ocean. I have gotten to go kayaking, which was very beautiful, and much easier than I thought it would be. I have also enjoyed eating all of the seafood. The lobster here is very good.

What would your advice be to an incoming ELC student?

Take the time to get to know people. I think at an international school you must realize that different cultures have different personalities. Like it is very easy for you and me to be loud and friendly but it is not that way for other cultures. And you have to be understanding of that because there is so much to learn from people.

What does the future look like for you?

I think it can be something great. My father always said that to me. My father is a famous surgeon in Saudi Arabia. I am only in my 3rd year of medical school out of 7 years, but I hope to be an orthopedic surgeon someday. In medicine, it is important to always study and to always have books close by. But hope that one day medicine will become like breathing to me.