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Student Spotlight – Abdullah Yaseen Alyami October 29th, 2019

Abdullah is from Saudi Arabia and has been studying for 29 weeks in our Intensive 24 course. As a long term ELC student, Abdullah has participated in many activities around Boston and is known as a student who is fully engaged in social life at ELC. He hopes to continue his studies here in the United States to make his family proud.

Where were you born and raised? 

I was born and raised in Najran, Saudi Arabia.

What do you do for fun? And hobbies?

I like to go to the gym, I also enjoy the view in Boston. I enjoy everything in life.

I don’t have a specific hobby. 

What is your special talent?

I love sports and I am really good at playing video games. 

What is your profession? What do you like about it?

I am still a student studying English and I hope to have a great future.

I would like to get a great job, be a good father to my kids, and a great husband to my wife.

Tell us about your family, do you have kids? siblings? Do they live close to you?

I have three sisters and one brother. I am very close to them and in the last 5 years I moved away because of school. I am here to make them proud. I am here because of them.

Why did you choose to study English in Boston?

Actually, I chose ELC Boston because it is a good school and it is located in an amazing spot.

I studied in a different school and I was looking for a new challenge and ELC is great for that. I love change! 

What do you miss most about your country?

Of course, I miss my family and my mother’s cooking.

What are the top three favorite places in Boston?

My favorite places in Boston are Boston Common, the Charles River, and Winthrop.

In my country it’s very rare to see view like these. 

Where have you found the best food from your country in Boston?

There are actually many Arabic restaurants in Boston, most of them are at downtown crossing.

Especially Falafel King on Washington street. 

Favorite moment in class at ELC?

I always have a good time at ELC! Meeting new people from different countries and learning different cultures. 

Favorite Activity at ELC:

I really enjoyed rock climbing activities and bowling with friends.

Also, Six Flags! It was my first time going to Six Flags, but I had so much fun! It was great!

What are some tips you have for people who want to learn English?

First of all, ELC will be a good choice to study English. Don’t be shy, enjoy every moment, and learn from your mistakes. Do your part because if you don’t attend classes and don’t study, you will not really learn anything.

What are your plans after ELC?

I plan to take my IELTS exam so that I can study safety management at Indiana State University

What are all the ways that Boston is different than your city/town?

It is different in every way! The weather is very different and Boston is very developed compared to my country. The tall buildings and the public transportation are also quite different.

What were you most surprised to learn about the US or Boston? Did you experience any culture shock?

Not really, because I was prepared. I had friends and family who studied here before, so I knew what it was like.