Pauline from Germany tells us of her experience with us where she partook in the the Sir George program. She tells us how the program has improved her English and embrace her newly found independance.
What is your name and which country do you come from?
My name is Pauline Wiesner, I am from Germany and I am 16 years old.
What course or programme are you on?
I am on the FCE course.
Describe your overall experience.
It’s really cool. I expected a few more young people to be here, but I love how I get on with the older students. Studio has great teachers and in time I have found it easier to translate my German thinking into English speaking.
How have you found the accommodation?
My host family is really nice. They cook me delicious and healthy food, but I do miss German food a little.
Would you say your English has improved?
I have always liked English as a subject. For me, it is a very easy language to learn, so it is hard to say whether I have improved on paper, but my confidence in speaking has definitely improved. In my opinion, it’s easier than French. The hardest part is the reading, but the more I read, the easier it will be.
What has been the most enjoyable part?
I get so much leisure time. At home in Germany, our school timetable is so strict, we rarely get breaks. I love how Studio don’t make the lessons too long so that students do not get disengaged. English was my favourite lesson back home in Germany, and now I’m doing what I love every day.
What has been the hardest part?
In the first three days I felt alone, but once I took part in activities my life became so fun. There are so many nationalities and I love finding out about different countries. Diversity is great here.
What is your overall impression of day trips outside of Cambridge?
Last week I went to Brighton and luckily it was sunny. The organisation of these trips is great, even if it is a really early start.
Are you more independent?
I was surprised I could be so independent because I have never lived away from my parents before. I am proud that I can survive on my own in a different country even though I don’t live on my own. I have my own key and my host family give me a lot of freedom so I can spend time with friends, and attend trips etc.
Would you recommend Studio Cambridge to your class mates?
I think it depends on you as a person. Studio Cambridge has many big personalities and students of all English levels. I think if you are shy or reserved, you will not enjoy your time here so much. If you are thinking of coming to Studio, you need to be confident that you can learn, make friends and make the most of your time in the UK.
Check out our link on how to make friends when studying abroad here.
How enjoyable have the activities been?
It’s cool that we have options and we can choose on the day which activity we would like to go to.
What did you like about living in Cambridge?
Everyone in Cambridge treats you with respect. The bus drivers are so nice, the Cambridge buildings are beautiful and the parks are so peaceful. Cambridge has many parks and I always go there either with friends or alone to chill out, read a book or study. It’s nice to be outdoors instead of stuck inside all the time.
Where would you like to see improvements?
The canteen food could be a bit better, but overall Studio is a fantastic language school. My goal is to pass the FCE course before returning to Germany. Right now, I am young and I have no idea what I want to do in the future, but I am thankful that I have time to decide. English is beneficial for any job.
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