Student Spotlight: Diego

diego2Diego is currently a student at the English Language Center here in Los Angeles, but prior to this, he was actually also an ELC Boston student! Diego is a very friendly student, who drops by our office quite often to have casual conversations with us. Right now he is enrolled in the Cambridge course, and is taking his exams this week. (Please wish him and the other students good luck!) Although the Cambridge exam itself can be pretty stressful, Diego even took the TOEFL iBT test during his own time – what a driven student! We were really lucky to have him here in Los Angeles, and wish him the best with his future.  

~ Cyndi (the Student Services Coordinator at ELC Los Angeles) & the ELC staff 

Cyndi: How was your stay in Boston, and how was your stay in Los Angeles? Were there any similarities or differences?

Diego: Boston, regarded as the European city of America, was such an incredible experience, not only did I meet amazing people from different countries, but it also was my first winter experience in the USA. My house was located close to the airport; as soon as I opened the window, I was able to see Boston’s skyline. At school, the ELC Staff was always willing to help everybody and the teachers were available at any time to resolve any doubts. In other words, my 6 months in Boston were unforgettable. Then, in January 2013, I moved to Los Angeles, the staff seemed as if they already knew me. I had the opportunity to go to San Francisco as well as Las Vegas. LA, unlike Boston, is a Big City, it takes more time to go to the beach, but trust me, it’s worth it. After 8 weeks at ELC LA studying for Cambridge Exam I am leaving with many memories to tell.


Cyndi: Why did you want to study in two different locations? Were you glad you did? 

Diego: Well, after General English I wanted to prepare for the Cambridge Exam, so I made a decision to move out of Boston and enroll in the 8-weeks Cambridge Preparation Course. Now I can say that this was the right decision, I feel confident I will pass the test. In addition, I am glad to have known many places in California as well as around the USA such as New York, Houston, Chicago, Miami, and the already mentioned San Francisco and Las Vegas.


Cyndi: What was your favorite memory at ELC?

Diego: Undoubtedly, my favorite memory at ELC was on Halloween. It was funny to see everybody wearing costumes, even during class. There were different competitions and free food. Spooky! In fact, there is a town on the outskirts of Boston famous for the Salem witch trials; I highly recommend visiting it.


Cyndi: What are your future plans?

Diego: Among my future plans are to continue my studies, start a Master Degree or MBA, and work as Engineer for a multinational company now that I can speak English, Portuguese, and of course Spanish. As Shakespeare said: “Farewell! God knows when we shall meet again ELC”


What can you do in Boston?

On the surface, Boston is a very small and quiet city but if you look closely you can also have fun here. In the afternoons you can go to restaurants, if you like trying new food you can find a lot of types of food like Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Venezuelan, Arabic, Mexican, among others. If you want to see the entire city from another view, you can go to the Top of Hub and have a drink while you are looking at this fabulous historical city.

A wintry view of Boston from back in January: The Top of the Hub is located at the top of the tall building on the right hand side of the picture.

In summer, you can take a nice walk and watch all the beauty and nature at the Boston Common and in winter you can go there and ice skate with your friends and have a lot of fun. As you know, Boston is very popular for its universities such as Harvard, MIT, UMASS, Tufts, BU, BC, etc. So you can come here and visit the universities.

Boston Common in January

If you want to know Boston History deeply, you could try going on Boston’s Freedom Trail along which there are 16 famous historical sites. Our teacher Aubrey calls Boston “the heart of the American Revolution.”

If you are interested in art, you can go to Museum of Fine Arts, and on the third Thursday of every month, you can have a cocktail night at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

At night, if you want to have an American experience, you can go to clubs such as Masa where you can dance to Latin American music and you can also eat Mexican food. If you are under 21, you can go on a bus party and still have fun. There are a lot of nice clubs here where you can have fun but the bad part is that they close at 2 am.

The North End is the Italian neighborhood in Boston, so if you like Italian food or you are from Italy you can come here and feel like you are in Italy.

Boston is famous in Sports! So if you like watching baseball, basketball and ice hockey this is the right place for you. To watch a baseball game you can go to the famous Fenway Park and to watch Hockey and Basketball you can go to TD Garden, which is located at north station.

If you are interested in witch stories you can go to Salem where you can be scared for a day and go the haunted houses and the Salem Witch Museum. And if you are here on Halloween you can see a very interesting festival and win a price if you wear a really good costume.

You can go to Samuel Adam’s factory and have free samples of beer of different kinds of it.

By Mariana Di Campli, Venezuela; Ritta Shaheen, Syria; Valentina Sodano, Italy; and Eun-Hwa Jung, Korea

Pictures contributed by Eun-Hwa Jung