Johan Sanchez is an industrial engineering student from Venezuela studying English at Language Systems International in Los Angeles, California.
Why did you decide to study in the USA?
It’s the place where big things happen and even more so in Los Angeles (LA) where you can travel the whole world through all the people who come from all around the world. There’s also the tech boom, which is an extra reason for me to be here because it’s the industry that I want to be part of.
Why did you choose Language Systems International?
As I mentioned, the LA factor was the principal thing, and then it was a matter of luck that a friend recommended Language Systems International (LSI). At the beginning, I just picked it because it was in the middle of the city and the schedules and prices were okay, but now after six months I realize that it was the best choice for a main reason: students. Here you don’t just make friends to hang out with, you build lifelong relationships.
What do you like best?
Events; The Beach Party at Huntington was amazing! I’m also traveling every country with every friend.
How has this program helped you to handle future study at a U.S. university?
Level 5 at LSI was the Holy Grail; it gave me the grammar that I was missing. I’ve got to give recognition even to my friends, because of them I’ve been able to practice 24/7. I feel extraordinary with my progress, I’m very excited about going college.
What was your biggest surprise?
I had already read a lot about what’s going on here and the good surprise is that everything has been exactly what I expected and more!
How have you handled:
... language differences?
Asking and asking, and hand gestures!
I’m always on budget. I think my key is cooking all my meals.
... adjusting to a different educational system?
My country is not way different. College might be different.
What are your activities?
As a Student Ambassador, I’ve gone to every event; the Volleyball Tournament was the best by far. I’ve visited every beach and almost all the nice places in the city – Griffith Observatory was dope!
How easy or difficult was making friends?
In LSI, it is extremely easy; everybody wants to be your friend, but the key is that you’ve got to say ‘yes’ to every invitation.
How relevant is your U.S. education to your personal goals and to the needs of your country?
I want to build a startup company. Mastering English is my number one goal right now, then, getting a college education in the U.S. would open up a lot of opportunities around the world. California is the core of the Tech Industry; it’s a must to be here for me.
What is your advice to other students who are considering a U.S. education?
Just do it! Whether you finished college or not, regardless of anyone’s opinion, do it. In my opinion, Venezuela doesn’t have any idea how big the world is. We need to walk the world and then come back with the new ideas that we’re missing.