Major at LLC: AS.AES
Seeking an engineering career, I first tried to locate America’s best engineering schools, and I came across the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and the Illinois Institute of Technology. My thought became clearer; I made a decision: I wanted to find a community college in Illinois so that I could seamlessly transfer to one of those great schools. After applying to a couple of institutions, Lake Land College was the first one to reply. I immediately felt something special at that moment!
LLC is such a well-organized institution that makes you feel precious. They want you to reach your goals and for that, everything is carefully organized. The classes, the teachers, the people and even the town are established in a way that will promote your success. The instructors are very competent and make sure you understand the material; your success is all that matters in their eyes. The people are very friendly and the frequent interactions really helped me in the improvement of my speaking and listening skills. Mattoon is probably the quietest town in the world; while studying you can even listen to the birds and hear the wind noise; it is such a great study atmosphere.
Projetant une carrière professionnelle d’ingénieur civil, j’ai en premier lieu débuté une recherche des meilleurs établissements d’ingénierie aux U.S.A. Je suis en premier lieu tombé sur l’Université de l’Illinois à Urbana-Champaign, puis l’Institut des Technologies de l’Illinois. Mes pensées étaient plus claires ; je me suis décidé de choisir un community college dans l’Illinois afin que mon transfert à un de ces grands établissements se fasse sans obstacle. J’ai introduit ma demande d’inscription dans plusieurs community colleges et Lake Land College m’a répondu en premier. A cet instant, je me suis senti désiré et important.
LLC est une institution dotée d’une étonnante organisation. Les cours, les professeurs, bref l’environnement est propice au succès académique. Les professeurs sont très compétents et ne s’arrêtent pas de donner des explications tant que la matière n’a pas été assimilée. Les fréquentes interactions avec les condisciples et tout le personnel ont contribué grandement à l’amélioration de mon expression en anglais. Mattoon, est une ville très calme et paisible. Cela contribue grandement à l’atmosphère d’étude qui règne sur le campus.
Major at LLC: AAS.ADN Nursing
My adventure as an International student at Lake Land College started in August of 2010. I still remember the first day as if it’s just been yesterday: It was very overwhelming to not only be so far away from home and family, but also to walk around a college campus that I was not familiar with.
Almost 2 years later, I have accomplished more than I could have ever dreamed of, thanks to Lake Land College: After completing a year of general education courses towards my Nursing major, I was finally admitted to Lake Land’s Nursing Program.
Until then, I had only heard about the excellent, yet very challenging program. Once I started the actual nursing classes, I realized that this was more difficult than I could have imagined. But it is also the best experience to be around people who have the same career goals. My nursing instructors are truly amazing and helped me throughout the first year.
Mein Abenteuer als Austausch Schueler in den USA begann im August 2010. Ich kann mich noch genau an den aller ersten Tag erinnern: Ich war nicht nur weit weg von Zuhause, sondern auch in einer voellig fremden und neuen Umgebung.
Fast 2 Jahre speater habe ich mehr erreicht als ich mir je haette traeumen koennen, und all das dank Lake Land College: Nachdem ich ein Jahr lang Grundkurse fuer mein Major Nursing belegt hatte, wurde ich dann endlich in Lake Lands Nursing Programm aufgenommen.
Bis dahin hatte ich nur von der Exzellenz und den hohen Erwartungen des Programms gehoert, und nun darf ich es selbst erleben. Nach kurzer Zeit musste ich auch feststellen, dass es viel schwerer war als zuvor erwartet. Trotzdem ist dies eines der besten Erlebnisse, da ich mit anderen Leuten studiere, die aehnliche Ziele haben. Auch meine Lehrer sind toll, und haben mir viel geholfen, ob mit inhaltlichen oder sprachlichen Fragen.
Major at LLC: AS.PSY Psychology
To be honest, I was kind of nervous when I first arrived to Mattoon. At that time, I felt like Mattoon is a really peaceful place. Compared with Hong Kong, it is totally different, no tall buildings, no busy traffic, no crowded streets. I suddenly wondered, how can I adapt? But after I stayed here longer, and getting to know more people in Mattoon, I figured out that Mattoon is a really nice place and good environment for study. People are nice; they enjoy talking, and also love to smile. Such as my host family, I enjoy to talk with him, his two daughters and also his wife. It causes me have confidence to practice my English and learn more American culture.
說真的，當我初來到Mattoon的時候, 我有點嚇怕了。因為Mattoon這個地方太過平靜了。跟香港，是完全不同的。這裡沒有香港的高樓大廈, 沒有繁忙的交通, 沒有擁擠的街道。我真的適應不了。但當我留在這裡久了, 加上又結識了很多的朋友和同學，我發現了Mattoon其實是一個非常好的地方學習。而且這裹的人很健談,常帶著笑容。我亦同時間認識了一個美國家庭, 他們的友善態度令我有更大的信心來練習英語和學習美國的文化。
Major at LLC: AS.PS Political Science
First time I came here, I was surprised by here’s landscape, because here is countryside where different from my hometown. I was really worried how I can live here. However, my fears were utterly groundless. Everybody is so kind. All American friends have helped me a lot to adapt here to live. If you have an opportunity to make a trip to other big city like New York or Chicago, you could feel different atmosphere from here. I have not met before these warm-hearted people in my life. They made me to want to live here as long as I can.
If you have a mind to study English, I cannot recommend better places than Lake Land College. When I studied in Lake Land’s IEL Class, which is to learn English for foreign students, I could not speak any English, even though I took English at my Korean high school. For example, Instructor asked me, “Can you tell me what your favorite color and the reason why?”, but I could not answer. Now, however, I am studying regular classes. The instructors are very kind, like family. Also, there are not that many South Koreans here. It means, you have a lot of chances to speak English with Americans or friends from other countries.
처음 켐퍼스에 도착했을 때 작은 타운이라 한국과는 너무 다른 풍경으로 놀랐고 내가 여기에 잘 적응할 수 있을 까 걱정되기도 했습니다. 하지만 많은 사람들이 친절하고 미국 친구들이 모두 잘 적응 할 수 있도록 많이 도와주어서 그런 걱정은 할 필요가 없게 되었습니다. 여러분이 뉴욕이나 시카고 같은 큰 도시로 여행할 기회가 있으면 다르게 느낄지도 모르지만, 저는 제 일생에서 이렇게 친절하고 따뜻한 사람들을 만나보지 못하여서 가능한 계속 이곳에서 공부하기를 원합니다.
영어공부하기를 원하시면 Lake Land College를 어떤 곳보다 강력히 추천합니다. 제가 유학생을 위한Intensive English Language 코스를 처음 들을 때는 영어를 잘 못하였습니다. 예를 들어, 영어교수님이 “당신이 좋아하는 색깔은 무엇이며 왜 좋아하는냐”고 질문했을 때 무어라고 대답하지 못하고 안절부절할 정도였습니다.
그러나 지금은 정규전공과정을 자신있게 공부하고 있습니다. 교수님들은 모두 매우 친절하시고 유학생인 저에게 가족과 같이 대해 주십니다. 한국학생들은 이곳에 많이 없어도 오히려 그것이 다른 나라에서 온 친구들이나 미국학생들과 영어로 말할 수 있는 기회가 너무 많이 있어서 영어실력 향상에 많은 도움이 될 것입니다.