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Student Spotlight – David Mandola September 18th, 2019

David is from Peru, and has been studying for 5 weeks in our IELTS Test Preparation Course.  At ELC, he is well-known and is fully engaged in social life. David loves travelling and hopes to continue to improve his English while pursuing his dream of being a lawyer.   

Where were you born and raised? Give us a mental picture of the place

I was born in Lima, Peru. Growing up, I loved playing soccer even though I was not very good at it. I also loved spending time with my family. It was one of the things I enjoyed doing. My family means a lot to me. 

What do you do for fun? What are your hobbies?

My hobbies are video games, playing soccer; watch documentaries and I love traveling by car to far places in my country.

What is your special talent?

I consider myself a reliable, loyal person and a great listener. Wherever I am, people tend to share their struggles or stories with me, without me asking.  I love playing the guitar. When I am done here at ELC I want to take some lessons. In general, I love music. 

What is your profession? What do you like to do?

I am a lawyer. I became a lawyer because I don’t like injustices. When I was younger, I knew I didn’t like the injustice that was going on in my country. I wanted to be a judge, but I changed my mind through time. I travel a lot for my job and meet new people.  I believe that is one of the things I like about my job.

Tell us about your family, do you have kids? Pets? Do they live close to you?

I am married, but my wife and I don’t have any kids or pets. I have three siblings and I am the second child. It feels great to be one of the oldest I have to set an example for my siblings, and every day I try my best to set a great example for them. My siblings and I are very close. We try our best to visit our parents as often as we can.

Why did you choose to study English in Boston?

I was looking for one of the best cities to study and Boston is one of the most academic and historic cities in the United States. I thought of going to Toronto or New York, but in the end, I chose Boston because people speak English more often than any other part of the United States.

What are all the ways Boston is different from town/City?

Boston is very different from Peru in many ways. The public transportation is very accessible and it’s easy to get from one place to another. I really enjoy the weather because of the different seasons. In my city, there is really not any changes in the seasons that much. I love seafood, especially lobster. In Peru, we don’t have any lobsters.

What were you most surprised to learn about the US or Boston? Did you experience any culture shock?

I was amazed by the excessive amount of coffee people here drink in a day. In Peru, we have coffee, but we don’t drink it as often as here. I was surprised that the people in Boston are very kind, like the people in my country. 

What are some tips you have for people who want to learn English?

Be patient with yourself because it’s a process, be constant, and never give up. English is a beautiful language and a powerful tool.   

What are your plans after ELC

I plan to continue my studies in an English country and continue my law studies.