Marco Zgliczynski from Italy: Studying English at the Intensive English Academy and Civil Engineering at College of the Desert

Marco Zgliczynski from Italy: Studying English at the Intensive English Academy and Civil Engineering at College of the Desert

Why did you decide to study in the USA?

I decided to study in the USA to experience a different culture, learn a new language and open my mind to the rest of the world.

Why did you choose?

I decided on the Intensive English Academy at College of the Desert (COD) because it is situated in Southern California, really close to the main cities with great weather all year long. What attracted me was the facilitated access from California community colleges to major well known universities. Palm Desert is a special place because it is safe, leisure-filled with welcoming people.

What do you like best?

How caring and helpful most of the professors are.

What do you miss most?

I miss the food from home.

How has this program helped you to handle future study at a U.S. university?

I have been in the USA for three years and my English improved since day one. I was able to transfer from the English Academy to college in only one semester.

What was your biggest surprise?

I was surprised by how fun and entertaining it is being active in the college community.

... your biggest disappointment?

Being reliable is not a common quality.

How have you handled:

... language differences?

Meet half way by using and improving English.

... finances?

Start working on campus and learn how to manage expenses.

... adjusting to a different educational system?

Trying hard until it becomes familiar and not giving up at the first challenge.

What are your activities?

Activities is the first priority for the Intensive English Academy to welcome foreign students. Sport days, beach trips, baseball games, host families and clubs filled these past three years.

How easy or difficult was making friends?

Making friends wasn’t a challenge since Americans are very easygoing.

How relevant is your U.S. education to your personal goals and to the needs of your country? 

My career goal is to become a civil engineer and travel around the world. U.S. education is giving me all the tools I need, in terms of learning experience, to accomplish my goals.

What is your advice to other students who are considering a U.S. education?

Before coming to the USA I thought I knew how the rest of this world was, but I was wrong. Studying abroad may be scary or terrifying, but I could not imagine a better way to mature and be aware of the infinite possibilities of happiness and success waiting out there.

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