Marina Rosa with fellow student

Marina Rosa

Brazil

All of my experiences in the U.S. have been special and unique and I’m very grateful to the ELI staff for making it easier for me. As with everyone moving to a new country, at the beginning I was full of questions and quite scared. There were many reasons for it; about the culture, the people, the program, the university, the tests, the vacations… but mostly, about the language. In Brazil, many of us study English during school years, some pay for particular English courses, but few have the opportunity to get to know a foreign country from inside as I did. Even though my English classes during elementary and high school were helpful, they were not enough. Thanks to ELI and all the friends I have made there, I never felt lost. The support I received was complete and made me feel like home. The relationship between students, professors, and all the staff is memorable not only because of all effort they do to build a reliable environment, but also because we see that this effort is honest, real, and effective.