Last Friday we said a sad farewell to Hans Cifuentes Bernal from Bogota, Colombia. Hans studied at Lexis for 24 weeks and graduated from our Cambridge CAE preparation class.
Hans at a Lexis BBQ
Is this your first time traveling abroad?
Yes it is. I had never left Colombia before I came to Perth. I was studying Petroleum Engineering at university before I came to Perth. I graduated from 1 month before I left Colombia.
What level did you start at Lexis?
The score on my test was intermediate but after being in the class a few days I decided to go to pre- intermediate to fill in the holes in my English. I realised being in an English speaking environment I had a lot of holes. It was a bit boring being in a lower level but I realised that it was important to learn English and apply it properly. When you leave the classroom I believe you only apply about 20% of what you have learnt that day. Every day you learn a lot of things. If you aren’t with the right people you can’t learn properly.
What were you most anxious about when you came to Australia?
I was anxious about settling down in Australia and understanding the new culture. When trying to communicate it was difficult. I was sad as I couldn’t hold a conversation. The uncertainty of the future was scary too. You expect good things. Every day you have new opportunities and you select carefully and you never know what’s going to happen. This can be exciting but also confusing.
Hans signing the surf board at Lexis
Hans and his classmate trying Vegemite for the first time!
A Lexis selfie at Scarborough beach
Did you stay in a homestay when you first arrived?
Yes I stayed in a homestay for the first month before moving into a friend’s house. I found a share house shortly after and have lived there ever since.
What are your plans now?
I am thinking of extending my visa. I would like to continue to eliminate the holes in my English and be proud of my English. English will give me lots of opportunities. I came for my career but now I have realised English is more important than that.
What is your goal?
To achieve perfect English. I am going to extend to do FCE and then CAE. I want to do FCE first so I have a really good shot at CAE. After doing a CAE mock exam last week I realise I still have a lot to learn.
Hans playing in a Lexis Table Tennis Tournament
What is the best thing about Lexis?
The best thing about Lexis is the perfect mixture/combination between lovely people, amazing teachers and the kind attention of the staff. I want to emphasize how multicultural and open minded the school is. We can do a lot of activities here with over 60 students and it’s amazing. All these nationalities and cultures mix together in harmony. Everybody has fun and enjoys.
The location of the school is highly important. The facilities you have to go to the city and the beach is the highlight.
I have made amazing memories and I will miss Lexis. I will recommend Lexis to anybody.
What have you learnt in your time at Lexis?
Be friendly to everyone and love everybody. It will open your doors for the future.
Hans has definitely been a pleasure to have at Lexis. He always has a smile on his face and people always comment about how friendly and determined he is. We hope you can come back and we wish you all the best with your future.