Begüm Karaci, 17, is a high school student from Istanbul. She spent two weeks studying at English UK member centre BABSSCo (The British Association of Boarding School Short Courses) in Harrow after winning a Let Your English Grow scholarship.
I had English lessons at my school since first grade so I knew English before but I wasn't really good at speaking.
I wanted to improve my speaking skills in English and the UK is the best place for me to do that.
One of my friends went to another BABSSCo school - Dulwich College - one year before me and she really liked it there. So when I was researching, I found some other schools and among those the Harrow school appealed best to me.
Harrow was a really nice place and we were able to meet the townspeople, which was great.
I really had a great time in the UK. The old, stylish buildings, museums, musicals... everything was great.
Except the weather, I can say. I was very surprised to have cold weather in August!
Speaking English more fluently definitely changed my life. I'm more comfortable using English in lessons or in foreign countries.
I'm a junior in high school and we have most of our classes in English. What I learned at Harrow school and in the UK is always helping me to be successful in those classes.
Of course. I had the best two weeks of my life in the UK. I had so much fun with my new friends from all over the world, who I still keep in contact with via email and I have learned so much.
I want to go to the UK again and I would recommend it to everyone.
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