Miyu, from Japan, joined us at Lexis Byron back in October last year. She started in our Pre-Intermediate class but after completing our Cambridge First Course with much-loved teacher Paul she finished at an Upper Intermediate level. It has been a joy having her here at Lexis. She has been a kind, respectful, hardworking student who has made lots of friends during her time in Byron. Her teachers all say she was a pleasure to teach and I have loved getting to know her during the activities and her visits to reception!
Before she left Byron she kindly answered some questions for us…
Why did you choose Byron Bay for your studies?
I came to Byron because it is very different to my experience of living in a big city in Japan (Miyu lives in Kobe). I was really excited to try something new and experience a different way of life. I wanted to be able to live my life my way without any expectations.
Why were you wanting to improve your English?
I had always wanted to study English, but the Japanese education system doesn’t put much emphasis on teaching it. I decided to come here and study so I could have an adventure at the same time as improving my English! I know having a higher level of English will help me find work and will also help me with travelling.
What’s the best thing about Byron?
The people! The people are all so nice. I have been working as a massage therapist here and everyone is very friendly. Any time I’ve ever needed help there has always been someone happy to help me. I also love the nature in Byron and the amazing beauty of the ocean!
What’s your advice for anyone coming to study English abroad?
Don’t hang out with students from your nationality. Always try to speak English. I don’t have any Japanese friends here because I wanted to speak as much English as possible. I made mostly Spanish, Brazilian and Australian friends. I’m even travelling to Spain when I leave Australia so I can meet up with the Spanish friends I made at Lexis!
Tell us about your experience at Lexis…
Lexis was amazing! I really appreciate coming here and all the help I got from everyone. The teachers are always helping and finding creative ways for you to improve your English. I loved all of my teachers. They were all fun and really caring. The admin staff are all super friendly and always there for you. My English has improved so much. I started in Pre-intermediate and finished at an Upper-intermediate level.
What are your recommendations for anyone coming to study at Lexis?
Get involved in the free activities! I loved all the activities at Lexis; it was great to having them every day and encouraging students from different classes/levels to all communicate together. I really enjoyed the activities with students from other schools, like the soccer competition, as they were really useful for meeting new people.
Also, stick to the English ONLY Policy! I really loved this rule because it helped me make a lot of international friends. It was really hard at the beginning but after a while it became natural and I feel I really benefited from it. I made many friends in my time at Lexis and am really grateful for that <3