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Marisa came as a low level student, as she says, and left ready to tackle a Masters Degree in English. We were thrilled to hear of her success and are excited to know what she will do with the rest of her life.

My live changed one year ago. I never wanted to go to learn English outside of Spain, mainly because I was afraid. However, I decided to try and I couldn’t have made a better choice.

My adventure began for 3 months in a country I had never visited, England and in a town I did not know, Broadstairs.

I remember the first day I arrived, not knowing the language, without knowing anyone. I came home to a family I didn’t know, which accepted me as one more member within them, and when my “baby” asked me if I wanted to play a game with him, without understanding anything about what he was telling me we started playing.

The second day, even more nervous than the day before, I arrived at Hilderstone College, where I sat on the sofa to wait. They took me to a class and there were all my classmates, all different nationalities, who accepted me perfectly as one more classmate.

After five minutes she arrived, the only girl in the class at the time. She’s Thai, she’d never expect me to have a best friend from Thailand.

When the class was over, I remember she asked me, “do you want to come to lunch with us?” And super embarrassed because I didn’t know how to speak English, without knowing the town and without knowing anyone, I accepted.

From that moment we became inseparable, and my 3 months at Hilderstone College became 6 months and then 9 months.

My teachers became my friends, my host family became my second family, and my friend became my sister.

At first I didn’t want to go to England and after 9 months I didn’t want to go back to Spain.

I arrived at Hilderstone College without knowing any English, and once I finished my course I decided to take my Master’s degree in English, which I was able to finish successfully.

I must thank, for all my successes, my teachers at school, my second family, my friends, Hilderstone College, Broadstairs and England.

Thank you, thank you and thank you.

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