Have you ever gotten in a situation where you made a decision but felt like backing out afterwards? Or went to a new place where everyone was a complete stranger and spoke a different language? What did you feel? What did you do to overcome it?
I still remember the mixed feelings I had during my first day while entering the portals of The American Institute. I can still picture myself totally nervous with trembling knees and shaking hands plus a cracking sound of voice. I honestly wanted to call my father to come pick me up and tell him that I wanted to go home and just back out, maybe. But I know feelings like these are normal, especially when you are about to get out of your comfort zone.
Not that I fear English, but what I am anxious about are the people I am going to be with all the time, the Specialists, and the activities that I was about to do, which includes public speaking! What if I couldn’t answer the question or topic? What if I become an outcast? What if I make a fool out of myself? But if I never try, I’ll never know. It’s a good thing that I tried. Because that’s when I realized I was very wrong. My first assumptions were far from the reality.
I have never seen such a friendly and welcoming environment. Everyone greeted me with a smile. It calmed me down. The students were friendly and were very helpful. But what surprised me the most were the Specialists. Before my classes, I pictured them to be strict, serious and well, creepy! Don’t judge me, it’s what I always thought of teachers. But no, the specialists at The American Institute were funny, friendly, and they make learning really fun. They motivate us to become better and inspire us to never be afraid to try out new things! They teach English in a way students can easily understand. I am glad I made the right decision. To enroll, to stay, to study and to continue.
Studying here has helped me become a better speaker, and I owe it all to the Specialists who have put a lot of patience and hard work, who keep pushing each and every one to do more and to love what we are doing. They have served as an inspiration and good motivators to strive harder and because of that, I am eternally grateful.
I am still enrolled at this preeminent Institute and attending here still excites me every time. If you are reading this and not yet enrolled because of your doubts and fears of studying English, then maybe you should reconsider. Why not come visit the American Institute to see for yourself? You could be missing one of the most exciting chapters of your life.