December 6, 2013
Since I have been in Fort Wayne I have made really great friends. Often we like to cook together in the evening. We all take turns cooking and then enjoy dinner as a group. I have also been able to get involved with different activities at IPFW.
I met a professor who invited me along with other students to the Japanese Culture Hour and the Japan Club on Campus. People were really excited to speak with me and I felt very comfortable. I felt very lucky because she invited me to so many things and was able to speak with Americans and share our cultures.
After I met American students at the Japanese Club they invited me to different events in Fort Wayne, like the Zombie Walk. Thousands of people dressed up like zombies and we walked around downtown. We also went to restaurants together and it was such a good opportunity for me.
I met many good friends, and the teachers were great. Fort Wayne is a peaceful city, which allowed me to concentrate on studying. There are not many Japanese Students here so I am able to have a lot of opportunities to speak English. I truly enjoyed my time here!
December 4, 2013
Let’s see what is going on at ELS Fort Wayne, Indiana. Jose (Venezuala), Fahad (Saudi Arabia), and Ho Chan (Korea – not pictured) joined ELS Fort Wayne just a couple of months ago, but have had such a great experience meeting Americans and getting involved in different activities at ELS and Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne.
Jose – The second day I was in Fort Wayne, I walked to class and right past the baseball field. I have played baseball for a long time and wanted to meet some people from the university. I said hello, met the coach, and since that time the team has become my friends and the coaching staff has been really helpful. I came here to study, meet people, and learn English. Looking back on my very first day in Fort Wayne was very difficult, and now the change is great and I am happy.
Fahad – The people here make me love this city. I stayed in the on campus student housing and met a lot of students at the Waterfield Campus Housing/ClubHouse. The Clubhouse is great because it is next to our rooms, you can play table tennis, billiards, cook, watch movies, workout, and meet Americans! All you have to do is just start to speak English with American Students because they understand that you are here to study English. I feel like the American students here accept me and I am able to make friends with a lot of people. I love going to IPFW activities like the Color Stomp, Night Runs, Laser Tag and the Haunted Castle.
Ho Chan – Fort Wayne is a good place to study, I come from a city that is about the same size so I feel comfortable here. I spend a lot of time at the Waterfield Campus Housing/ClubHouse because I was able to meet a lot of students from other cultures. I have learned English and also about other people and countries. We share meals, cook together, and have fun together. I learned that to practice speaking English, I had to move past my shyness. Now I feel comfortable talking to American students. The location of Fort Wayne is very convenient too, I can go to Chicago and other cities for the weekend. I would tell students that they should come here, it’s a good place to learn English and meet friends. Come to Fort Wayne!