Student Comments

Ana Cristina Puppak

Venezuela

Today is the last day of class. After two semesters, today I can talk, and I can stand up and say how I feel.   I will like to say just thank you. Thank you for every single minute, thank you for every smile, every word, every lesson, every answer. Thank you for bringing me here, for giving me the opportunity to be better, to have more options, to be exceptional.   I remember the first semester at TIEP. I started in level 120 with two teachers, Ms. Angelique and Ms. Nicole, and after 8 weeks, right in the middle of the semester they told us that we will have new teachers. When the last 8 weeks started again, my teachers were Mr. Woody and Mr. John. I learned a lot with them.   This semester I was in level 130, and I had two new teachers, Ms. Randi and Ms. Donna. It was challenging, two different methods and two…

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Thank you for every single minute, thank you for every smile, every word, every lesson, every answer. Thank you for bringing me here, for giving me the opportunity to be better, to have more options, to be exceptional.

-Ana Cristina Puppak, Venezuela

Dongjae (Justin) Lee

Training Program for Local Government Officials Development Institute (LOGODI) - Republic of Korea

TIEP teachers, and TIEP staff, and representative, and my colleagues. Above all, it is a great honor for me to have an opportunity to say farewell in this luncheon and closing ceremony.   Exactly 4 weeks ago, we had arrived here in Austin. At that time, it seemed to me that not only I but also other colleagues felt a kind of nervousness because we were outsiders in the Austin community and didn’t know how we would be trained and educated. However, after 4 weeks of TIEP program, now, we all feel that we became insiders of Austin.   You teachers and TIEP members make us feel comfortable and motivate us not only to delve into the ocean of English but also magic us to assimilate into a new environment.   We really thank you for your kind and thoughtful guidance. We feel you are more than skillful instructors. You are reliable diplomats and friends.   You upgraded our command…

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You upgraded our command of English. However, we all learned more than that. You gave us a special present, the unforgettable and invaluable memories.

-Dongjae (Justin) Lee, Training Program for Local Government Officials Development Institute (LOGODI) - Republic of Korea

Salim Al-Mandhari

Oman

When the first time I came here to the United states, I was shocked. Everything was in English, no Arabic. I was really frustrated. I said to myself, "I have to forget my language and start a new page in my life". After that, I was thinking about a school which is TIEP. I said, "Obviously, all the teachers will be very strict and unfriendly as the teachers were in my high school". On the orientation day, Victoria gave us a speech, and she was gregarious and friendly. I told myself that I have to change my idea about them, but after that I said, "No, no. Maybe this is just for one staff of them". After spending 3, 4, and 5 weeks in TIEP, I realized something different. All the teachers are more than your friend. Also, sometimes I feel there is no discrimination between me and my teacher. All in all, thank you my classmates and my schoolmates…

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After spending 3, 4, and 5 weeks in TIEP. I realized something different. All the teachers are more than your friend.

-Salim Al-Mandhari, Oman

Maria Joana Souza de Carvalho

Brazil

“How long before I get in? Before it starts, before I begin? How long before you decide? Before I know what it feels like? Where to, where do I go? If you never try, then you'll never know. How long do I have to climb, Up on the side of this mountain of mine?”   Is there anybody here who knows these lyrics?...This is a part of a Coldplay song called “Speed of Sound.” I’m a big fan of Coldplay, some of you know it. I brought this for y’all because it translates exactly how I felt when I arrived here. For many times I found myself thinking: “How long before I get in?” Before I get into this culture “How long before it starts?” Before I start having self confidence “How long before I begin?” Before I begin talking to people. That wasn’t me... when I was with my boyfriend amongst his friends and they were talking while I…

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…I’d like to seize this opportunity to say thank you for my classmates, teachers and schoolmates for even unwittingly showing me how possible and nice it is to live together with differences and, over all, how beautiful this world is. Thank you!

-Maria Joana Souza de Carvalho, Brazil

Nizar Al Raisi

Oman

TIEP has been a great place for me. Even though I only stayed here for a semester and a half, what I learned, did, and experienced in TIEP was great. All the teachers here were really helpful during my study. They helped me get over my tasks, how to write research papers, and how to improve my speaking for academic purposes. My experience here was amazing. I did not only improve my English, I made lots of friends, and most importantly I enjoyed my time here with these friends from around the world. For me, TIEP is the center of the world, because here I met people from all over the world.

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TIEP has been a great place for me. Even though I only stayed here for a semester and a half, but what I learned, done, and experienced in TIEP was great.

-Nizar Al Raisi, Oman

Ali Mohammed Baqer

Oman

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” Who knows the name of the person who said it? It’s Lao Tzu, a very famous Chinese philosopher. This proverb is very important to me not because I can trace it back to my own first steps, but because I can remember the great times we had while I was taking these steps. We are all here on this very special day. Every one of us had a first step towards something. As for me, I had first steps to many things that I want to accomplish, but the most important is “success.” So take a guess on MY first step, grade 1? Go back a little, kindergarten? A little farther, yes! The day I was born. Looking at those two beautiful faces of your parents and listening to their soothing voices gives you the first step towards success, “consciousness.” Like all human beings, I grew up and said my…

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“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” Who knows the name of the person who said it? It’s Lao Tzu, a very famous Chinese philosopher. This proverb is very important to me not because I can trace it back to my own first steps, but because I can remember the great times we had while I was taking these steps.

-Ali Mohammed Baqer, Oman

Sulaiman Alghaith

Saudi Arabia

Good afternoon my fellow students and good afternoon to all instructors and principals. Wow, this semester went so fast; I hope that we pass the classes with good grades though. So, I’m not standing here to tell stories about the obstacles that I had faced when I came here. I guess we all have gone through the same obstacles - where to live, where to eat, how to get to school, etc. I’m actually standing here because of one question that we were asked in Dr. Wagner’s class. I actually suffered to answer that question. I even asked some teachers and their answers varied. So, the question was: Why are you here? And what is your role in this life? I don’t want you to answer it now, but I just want you all to think about it and try to answer it by yourself. The important question is why we are here in the U.S. and this school, and…

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…I would like to thank our teachers for unselfishly sharing your time, talent and knowledge with us. You really put in the effort to make lessons more interesting to us so we wouldn’t just tune out. And you demanded excellence from us. And I would like to give a big thanks for our lovely advisor, the queen Victoria, we call her like that, who helped us with everything, not only with school issues, but even with our problems that we face outside school.

-Sulaiman Alghaith, Saudi Arabia

Sandra Marques Reis

Brazil

When we leave the comfort of our home to face the challenges of living abroad, we grow. Sometimes it is really frustrating when you think that you are saying the words correctly, but the other person doesn’t understand you. Either because we say the wrong word or because of our accent. However, it is really rewarding when the person understands us, especially in restaurants. In the beginning, when we don't know how to order, usually the waiter decides what we should eat, but when we increase our vocabulary, it is possible even to argue if the food is spicy or not. The list of challenges is really big: to live far from our family and friends, make new friends, adapt to the city, the traffic, the food, the weather, the measurements like miles, feet, Fahrenheit, ounces, inches, pounds! I’m really lucky because I’m from Latin America and that is why I really admire the efforts of the people from Russia,…

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For me, I can say that all the efforts that I made at TIEP four hours a day were worth it! So, I’m thankful for all the teachers, all the TIEP staff, and all classmates because during this period I learned every day.

-Sandra Marques Reis, Brazil

I Sak Kim (Isaac)

South Korea

Thank you so much for letting me give this graduation speech.  Hi. My name is Isaac from south Korea.  I have been in the US for 5 months since March this year.  I was in level 148 and 160 with my lovely teachers; Mrs. Nicole, Jill, Abby and Andrea.  I will not forget these last two semesters in TIEP.  There were a lot of happy experiences as well as improving my English.  All of us came here to the United States with a same purpose, which is Learning English.  The first thing we did when we just started to learn English, is the ABC alphabet.  Listen what I'm saying.  This is ABCs that I have learnt here from my amazing teachers and you, my awesome friends.  Let me start from the first letter A. A - Achieve! We are trying to Achieve the goal. B - Brave! Be Brave whatever you do. C - Curiosity! We have Curiosity in our…

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I will not forget these last two semesters in TIEP. There were a lot of happy experiences as well as improving my English.

-I Sak Kim (Isaac), South Korea

Masayuki Akaishi

Japan

I studied English at the Texas Intensive English Program for four months. First, when I decided to study abroad, in all honesty, I was very afraid and nervous because I hadn't studied English since high school, and I didn't like it then. Also I had never been overseas for a long stay. But I needed English in my job, and I thought it was a very important thing for my future. Also, I wanted to change my mind about English and broaden my horizons. I went to the United States with the intention of making a desperate effort to learn English. Next I got a good education at TIEP. It has many good teachers and a good educational teaching style. Their teaching style is different from Japanese style. At first I was confused, and I couldn't understand. But they taught me very carefully. I liked their classes and their teaching style. Finally, I could make many new friends. They are…

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I got a good education at TIEP. It has many good teachers and a good educational teaching style.

-Masayuki Akaishi, Japan

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