By: Eugenia (Argentina)
Have you ever spent a month alone far away from your parents? I had the opportunity to do it this year and it was a remarkable event.
Since I was thirteen years old, I have been dreaming of going to study abroad on my own. At the beginning, I wanted to spend a year studying in an European country such as Germany but it was difficult because I needed to know how to speak German and to be honest I don’t have any idea about the language.
The years past and I did not plan anything, I’ve investigated a lot but I couldn’t decide on a destination. I contacted many companies but I never made a decision. I was about to give up when two friends told me they wanted to do something like me so we started to search together. We found Heathfield and immediately contacted the school.
You may be wondering why I came to an English school if I wanted to go to Germany, well, it has its reason. My father dislikes the idea of me being alone for one year. When he read that summer school lasts just one month he thought it was a better idea. Furthermore, I’ve been studying English for 6 years and I had my FCE so it was the perfect opportunity to put my knowledge in practice and improve it.
I was looking forward to come to Heathflied, my friend and me together, meeting people from all around the world, discovering new places. I must admit I didn’t want to know everything in advance, I preferred to let the things surprise me, to live the whole experience. If you ask people that were around me, they would tell you that my father seemed to be more excited about the trip than I was. He read a lot about the school, England, the places I would be visiting…
The day I arrived, I had everything ready. We were at the airport and the moment to say goodbye had come. There is nothing worse than saying goodbye. The flight was 13 hours and I didn’t sleep even half an hour. When finally my friend and I arrived, people from Heathefield were waiting for us.
To tell the truth it was somewhat uncomfortable, the staff asked us questions and we barely answered them, then the conversation evaporated and we stood in silence while other girls arrived.
We arrived at the school and it was like a maze. The staff showed us our rooms in Wyatt, a separate building, and then we spent the whole day doing activities.
Things here were more different than in my country. You can’t imagine how hard it was for me to get used to the time tables and the way of doing things here.
I started making friends from countries like China, Germany, Spain, Italy, France, Turkey, Japan… it was amazing to know about their culture. I spent a lot of time learning about what they do, about the similarities we had and the differences. Sometimes I found it shocking how some things seem normal to them but feel very weird to me. I found the idea of friendship without borders fascinating.
We traveled a lot, every week we had a full day trip and one afternoon trip to a new place. We visited places like, London, Winchester, Windsor, Oxford, Sea Side Village. For me, the most beautiful place I visited was Oxford.