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Student Spotlight – Elina Iakovleva December 10th, 2019

Elina Iakovleva is from Russia and studied in our Junior Program for 3 weeks prior to entering our Adult Program for 36 weeks in our Intensive 30 course. Elina loves sports and feels inspired after playing tennis. She plans on continuing her studies in business after leaving ELC.   

Where were you born and raised? Give us a mental picture of the place(s).

I was born and raised in Moscow, Russia. I live in the neighborhood of Moscow, close to the water and near the park. My parents chose this area because it’s very peaceful and quiet neighborhood. 

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

I adore my time in the gym or on the tennis court. I feel inspired after playing sports. 

What is your special talent?

In my opinion, talent doesn’t help people because they get what they want too easily. Effort and labor are appreciated. 

What is your profession? What do you like about it?

I am only 18 and don’t have a job yet,but in the near future I want to work in business. 

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

I have two younger sisters. One is 10-years-old and the other is 3-years-old. It’s a big age gap, but we get along. I’m allergic to almost all animals, but I have a German Shepherd and four cats in my country. 

Why did you choose to study English in Boston? Did you consider other options?

It’s my second time in Boston. Last summer, I was a student in ELC’s Summer Junior Program – Boston,so I am familiar with the city. I really like this mix of nature and architecture. 

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

I don’t think so, but our mentality is different from Americans. So, I’m trying to get used to American culture to better understand people’s ways of thinking. 

What do you miss most about your country?

I miss my family and friends for sure. I guess food. Before, I thought food in my country and the USA were the same,but I was wrong. In the United States, they have more sweets and not so many vegetables!

What are your top three favorite places in Boston? 

My favorite place is Fenway. I live near the park and there are also a soccer and basketball court and a running track. In general, I like quiet places, especially where I live now. It’s pretty close to restaurants, grocery stores and the Fenway Park. I live a 5-7 minute walk from the center. Compared to Moscow, it usually takes me less time to get to the city center. I can choose which area I want to hangout based on my mood.

Where have you found the best food from your country in Boston?

I haven’t tried to look for Russian food in Boston. 

Favorite moment in class at ELC:

Honestly, I can’t single out anything specific because I have enjoyed all of my classes. Although, we’ve proven ourselves well in teamwork with carving and decorating pumpkins on Halloween; that day we were even more friendly!

Favorite activity at ELC:

Halloween isn’t particularly celebrated in my country, so I enjoyed this day at ELC.

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

Feel free to speak even if you make mistakes. If you let fear stop you from speaking it will be difficult to move forward. 

What are your plans after ELC?

I took a gap year to sort out my life . It’s better to choose my major thoroughly than to be overwhelmed, so after ELC I’m going to university.