As I stood in the line of ESLI graduates in 2007, looking out over the next four years of my life at an American university, I realized that I was at the end of the first phase of my dream to be a writer. I am a Theater Arts major at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, studying to be a dramatist, a playwright. This is a big challenge for me as I'm Chinese. I spoke one language for almost twenty years. The way I think and the way I speak is that of the Chinese. I wanted to learn about American culture and the best way is to speak English and make American friends. I must improve my vocabulary, and reading helps me to do that. I want to be the pride and joy of my parents, to make both my dreams and theirs come true. ESLI has helped me to do that.
Liu, Han Feng - China
My education in ESLI has helped me in many ways. I studied English for seven years at a private high school in Istanbul, but when I came to Corpus Christi I found that I had forgotten most of it in the five years since graduation. ESLI has definitely helped me to recall what I learned before and actually improved my comprehension and writing skills. More than that, the program has helped me to prepare for a university education, personally and mentally. While at ESLI, I have adapted to my new environment, practiced how to plan my day, and made close friends, which I am sure will help me to do very well in the university. I advise anyone who wants to improve his skills in writing and comprehension before entering the university to attend ESLI.
Teker, Fuat Ozgur - Turkey