By: Brian Nguyen
“I couldn’t wait for spring break and the London Exchange Program. It was such a great opportunity it blows my mind now.” – Michael Tran
Why did you choose to join the London Exchange Program instead of going back to your home country like many other students?
I love finding out about the world’s history, to understand how people have changed and developed. London is a city that has a mix of antiquity such as Oxford University, Big Ben tower and modernity like The Shard Building, the fourth-highest skyscraper in Europe, or the London Eye. They made me so curious that I couldn’t wait to visit.
What did you do in London? And what did you like most?
I visited many places such as Saint Paul’s Church, the Bank of England, Emirates Stadium, and the London Eye, to name a few. Each was a great experience and a lot of fun. I visited Oxford University – which is a well-known and ancient university. It’s an excellent school which I would love to attend. I also went to the Big Ben tower which always displays the exact time. It is built beside the Thames River, and I must say it seemed quite romantic. I liked the London Eye the most because I could see the whole of London from it. I could see the petite alleys running between the old buildings which made London so captivating. After visiting the sights, you can walk along the River Thames, and drink a hot cup of tea. It was such an amazing experience; it is hard to find words to describe it. I had a great time!
How do you feel about CATS Canterbury? Are there any differences between CATS Boston and CATS Canterbury?
CATS Canterbury is a nice school with an antique-style building. I had the honor to talk to CATS Canterbury’s Principal. We had a pleasant conversation about life in the United States and England. There were a few cultural differences, but the schools are similar in that they offer a common opportunity: to give students the best environment to study, especially students who speak English as their second language.
Is there anything else you want to share?
You should visit London. I promise you will never regret the time you spend there. It’s a beautiful city which has everything, from great landscapes, good food to very nice people. I’ll go back there whenever I have a chance!