You are Your Greatest Adventure: Life & Times of Tom Jovanovski
Tom Jovanovski is an ambitious and energetic 20 year old from Germany, whose passion for experiencing new cultures has taken him on many adventures, his most recent being his studies here at ELC Boston. We had the opportunity to sit down with Tom to discuss his life, goals, and thoughts on the city he has called home for the past month.
In terms of your experience at ELC in particular and Boston in general, what do you feel most proud of?
I am proud of having established a very good relationship with my host family. I heard there are sometimes communication difficulties between new students and host families but I am grateful that they are very open and I could easily adapt to the atmosphere at home. Furthermore, I met very interesting people while in Boston from all over the world and it was an interesting experience to meet the different cultures, including different perspectives on topics.
What has been the best activity you participated in and why?
I would say my trip to New York City through ISX to celebrate New Year’s Eve. While the attraction part was exciting, since I already visited the city, the social part was where I could really be myself and just talk with other people from language schools. I established a good relationship between them. We went to a lot of parties and had fun at our hotel. There was lots of dancing!
What teacher at ELC made the most impact on you and why?
Probably Robert because he has his own kind of thinking and mentality. He is a person who knows what he wants. Robert is very ambitious and his goals are clear. He is not afraid of telling people his opinion. He displays characteristics of the stereotypical American business-man but in a positive manner.
Aside from necessities, what one thing could you not go a day without?
Probably my phone because it connects me to other people and I can see recent things on the internet.
What is your favorite movie?
Shutter Island because you never know what is real or a hallucination. The atmosphere during the movie is very exciting and it has a good storyline.
What are some of the most important lessons you learned in life? How did you learn them?
You cannot judge people just by their looks or their culture. You have to experience different personalities and nationalities otherwise you won’t be able to have a clear picture of the people who surround you. I learned this just by speaking with others and having an open mind about different cultures. You learn through practice.
What is your strongest personal quality?
I am very outgoing but I also like to reflect on things. Usually I am ready for new adventures. I can combine both.
What would your advice be to an incoming ELC student?
Don’t be afraid of the new environment and people from countries which you have never heard of. Just try to experience the new life here and be friendly and you will have a great time.
Where will your next adventure be? We hope to meet you on your most exciting quest!