More than three months ago, I was on the hunt for a school or institute that teaches English proficiency. I’ve always wanted to develop good English communications skills and thought that I wouldn’t be able to achieve that on my own.  The lack of English proficiency schools in our country disappointed me a little, but there was this one place that was always at the top of the results page on Google.  To be honest, I haven’t heard of this institute before, so I was a bit skeptical to enroll. However, my gut feeling told me to give it a chance, and I am glad I did.

On the 4th of May, my younger brother accompanied me to Timog Avenue where the American Institute for English Proficiency’s Quezon City branch is located.  After paying the enrollment fee, I set a schedule of Monday to Friday, told the front desk staff that I would be starting on May 10 and hoped for the best. I never knew that the next three months of my life with be full of fun and productivity.

Every hour I spent in AIEP was full of learning and laughter.  I often wished that the class would last longer than 2 hours.  Chris, Lizzie, Jay and all the specialists were all so approachable, professional and nothing short of amazing.  They never made me feel intimidated or insecure.  The activities on the other hand were very engaging and fun.  Sometimes, we’d do a speech in front of the class and that would always make me nervous, but for some reason, a small part of me looked forward to them.  I may not be the best in class but I am certain that I’ve improved.

For three months, I was surrounded by people with the same goals and people who help us reach those goals. I will forever treasure every second I spent and every friend I made (shout out to Cathy, Sovanna, Jeizel, Liz, Fritzie, Wafer, Sienna, Mommy Rowena, etc.) during my time here.  I may be back again soon, who knows? But one thing’s for sure, I am forever and ever grateful to the American Institute.

If you’re reading this and you’re currently contemplating whether to enroll or not, I highly suggest that you get off of that seat, head on over to AIEP and enroll. You will not regret it; I guarantee.