Rosane from Brazil is studying English at Howard Community College’s English Institute in Columbia, Maryland. Rosane already has a degree in Business Management and is improving her English in order to pursue a new major in Early Childhood Education.
Why did you decide to study in the USA?
I decided to come and study in the USA because my level of English was not good enough to get a high-paying job in Brazil.
Why did you choose Howard Community College?
I chose the English Institute because a friend of mine had gone to many classes there and she advised me to go there. She said that the teachers at Howard Community College (HCC) are great. In addition, HCC is just 10 minutes away from my house.
What do you like best?
I love the environment that the English Institute team creates to receive all the international and local students. I also like studying there because the teachers help us to achieve our goals faster.
What do you miss most?
Definitely, what I miss the most about Brazil is food, family, and friends.
How has this program helped you to handle future study at a U.S. university?
I have been studying in the USA for two semesters. Taking classes at the English Institute has helped me to feel more confident, and it made me to take the risk and apply for a second college degree. It also helped me improve my English skills a lot and now I have better communication with American friends and also when I’m travelling around the USA.
What was your biggest surprise?
Life here is easier than in my home country. I always say that in Brazil people use work to have better living conditions and around here people live to work.
A big surprise about education was that the government gives some incentives to regular students or international students to get a degree.
... your biggest disappointment?
Studying here for international students is expensive.
How have you handled:
... language differences?
In the beginning it was hard to express my feelings in English. It was really challenging.
It is really challenging because the currency in my country is really unstable.
... adjusting to a different educational system?
It was fine; the American Educational system is really organized; I didn’t have any problem adjusting to it.
What are your activities?
I travel a lot and I go to clubs and associations.
How easy or difficult was making friends?
It is difficult making friends in the USA because of the difference in age and interests. I always end up hanging out with people from my same culture.
How relevant is your U.S. education to your personal goals and to the needs of your country?
My career goal is to go back to my country and share with my people everything that I had learned here.
What is your advice to other students who are considering a U.S. education?
If you are thinking about coming here and starting to study, you should come with a certain level of English.