“One year ago, I made a special decision which is to “Becomes an exchange student”. However, when I was processing the application, COVID-19 happened, so I hesitated if I should continue the journey, but at the end I think it is no problem to go on an exchange year because EF is monitoring the situation carefully and I really believe they will give me the best advice. I was super excited when I got the Email said I have a host family, but COVID-19 was such a big issue that I stared to worry if EF will cancel the program. Finally, one day, I got the plane ticket and arrival in Ireland smoothly, I found out one thing: The thing I worried before it’s not worth for me to worry about, there is another thing I should worried: Is my English ability.
After I arrived in Dublin, I started to communicate with other exchange student, When I found out it is very hard for me to chat with other exchange students because my English ability I then started to practice my English very hard, like try to chat with other exchange students, watch English movie without Chinese subtitle and listening to English music and etc. All these hard work gave me the courage and confident to make me to speak English more and more, Even in the last day of the 14 days quarantine, I can take the initiative to chat with other exchange students and didn’t feel nervous. Moreover, after I arrived to my host family, I started to use English to shared my story, and use English to ask so many question about school, the town and the rule of the host family. I’m very proud of the progress I made so far during the first month of my exchange year in Ireland, I believe if I continue all the hard work to practice English, I can speak fluent English just like the native when the journey ends. Looking forward to see what the next 9 months will lead me to.” – Patrick Hsu