This week’s featured student is Polina. She is from Sakhalin Island in Russia, which is very close to Japan. (She even knows how to speak some Japanese!). During her free time, she enjoys hanging out with friends, watching movies, listening to music, and taking pictures. She has been here for three weeks and plans to stay for three more weeks. She is currently taking the IELTS program and plans to study at university in Canada. She may study Economics or Marketing, but she’s not sure yet. She plans the take the IELTS tests in two weeks and hopes to get a 6.5.
“Normally after school, I just spend my time studying for the IELTS test or hanging out with my housemates exploring the city. I enjoy visiting the cinemas and museums in Los Angeles. My favorite place so far is Santa Monica Beach. I really love the atmosphere. I also like going to Melrose Avenue because it’s full of shops with antique vintage things. It also has a lot of nice cafes and restaurants too. I live near Melrose in Hollywood, so it’s easy to go there. I think Hollywood is a great place to live because there are not many homeless people, but it’s a little bit far away from the school. LA also has a perfect climate. I visited New York City and the weather there was so hot and humid, but Los Angeles is always comfortable. MLI is good because the staff is very helpful. It’s so comfortable to have staff from your country to clearly express what you are feeling or needing to. I really enjoy it here.”