Studying at OISE Boston is not just about improving your English level and becoming more confident in the language; It is so much more than that. Learning with other scholars in small classes and in such an intensive environment helps develop understanding of different cultures and create lasting friendships between the scholars and school staff.
We were hugely excited to welcome back three OISE Boston alumni recently.These three students: Matteo from Italy, Kenichi from Japan and Roger from Switzerland all studied together last summer and left as good friends.
Roger is a sales director for a company that sells Volvo construction equipment. He studied at OISE Boston for 8 weeks over last summer, starting with the Quatorial Program and ending his course on the Quatorial Program + 10 after recognising the value in individual tutelage.
At the time of the reunion Roger was visiting the USA with some of his key clients to see the Volvo Ocean Race in Newport. Located just over an hour from Boston, Newport is a mecca for sailing and a checkpoint in one of the most challenging races in the world. Seeing an opportunity, Roger invited his old classmates and members of the faculty, including myself and the sales and marketing officer, Stephanie Coleman, to come along and see the action.
After a private tour of one of the boats we quickly realized that the contest is not for the faint of heart. This is the longest competitive race in the world, lasting for 9 months and taking the 7 boats across the globe. The journey takes the competitors from Alicante to Abu Dhabi, Sanya to Auckland, across the Pacific and beyond, until months later they find themselves reaching the finish line in Gothenburg, Sweden. International crews, including the race’s first all-female crew, are still out there now, pushing themselves to accomplish something incredible.
The weekend was finished off in style with a special dinner at the Newport race HQ. We heard speeches from former VOR sailors, along with the CEO of Volvo World Sailing.
It was an honour to catch-up with the alumni. Matteo has been putting his English to good use, studying for an engineering and business graduate degree. Matteo enrolled at OISE Boston on the Quatorial Program to study general English for 8 weeks. It was during his time here that he discovered a love for the city and the country and decided to focus his attention on trying to get into a Master's program in the Boston area. He added some Tutorials to his course and changed his intensive English program from general English to TOEFL preparation along with application writing. TOEFL is one of the main English exams recognized by US universities.
Matteo has now completed his first semester at Merrimack College, receiving excellent end of year marks. He will shortly be starting a Summer internship program in Miami to complement his studies.
Kenichi works for a Japanese automobile company. He studied for 3 months last summer on the Quatorial Program + 10 Tutorials. Kenichi was sent over here by his company to improve his business English skills. His company's aim was for Kenichi to be equipped with the required English as well as social skills that would enable him to work successfully in their US office. Kenichi studied very hard and achieved these objectives and is now working at his company's US office in Indianapolis.
When we teach our students here at OISE we know that we are not 'just' teaching them English. What makes it so rewarding is knowing that when they leave OISE Boston, they will be using their new-found English and cultural skills in order to make a significant difference in their lives.
~ Noel Radcliffe-Mars, Principal, OISE Boston
Written by Sam Kearns, Community Manager.