Hidemi Nakamura from Japan is studying English at the English Institute at Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland. She is majoring in Spanish history and culture.
Why did you decide to study in the USA?
I have a family friend here and I wanted to study American English.
Why did you choose Howard Community College?
The reason I chose this program is because I wanted a high quality education. I also looked for a safe city for students.
What do you like best?
I can have a connection with people from many different countries. They give me new inspiration. The most exciting part is having lunch and talking a lot about things in our own countries.
What do you miss most?
Of course, I miss my mom’s food.
How has this program helped you to handle future study at a U.S. university?
I’ve been studying here for seven months. When I came here, I kind of hesitated to speak in English because I knew my English skills were not perfect. Taking classes and spending time with classmates made me feel confident.
What was your biggest surprise?
Some houses have a private pool.
... your biggest disappointment?
I can’t go anywhere without a car.
How have you handled:
... language differences?
I don’t have a special way, but I learned from native speakers by imitating them.
... adjusting to a different educational system?
Teachers and students are very close, which is good because we can feel free to ask any question.
What are your activities?
I enjoyed the ice cream party. It was a perfect day, hanging out with friends with delicious ice cream.
How easy or difficult was making friends?
It is easy to get along with people. I could make many friends through classes and some activities.
How relevant is your U.S. education to your personal goals and to the needs of your country?
I want to work at an external trading company. In order to work globally, I felt I had to get English skills.
What is your advice to other students who are considering a U.S. education?
You can study whatever you want! Stay hungry!