Meet Jazmin Zapien. Jazmin moved to the United States 18 years ago. Last year, she started taking ESL classes at Fullerton College. “I have been living in this country for many years, and it took me a long time to decide to go to school. But once I attended, it turned out to be the best experience in my life. I enjoy every single class that I take because the more I read and practice English, the more interesting everything around this language becomes. The ESL Program has helped me improve my communication skills very much, and I have gained a lot of confidence in my job, with my friends, and my family. Thanks to my knowledgeable professors and my personal effort, I will be able to advance my career and be a better citizen.”
Jazmin uses her improved confidence at her job in Disneyland. “When I started working, my English language skills were very limited and my confidence was low.” Before, she used to memorize answers to common questions, but through her hard work and experience, she is now more able to communicate confidently with customers and coworkers in English.
She gives advice to future students. “I recommend that ESL students read, write, listen, and speak English as much as possible. Immersion will speed up English comprehension. Even if you feel sometimes that it’s very hard, try to do your best and don’t give up. Every lesson you learn is an achievement.”
Posted July 2018