Eric Giminez Claret has only been at Lexis Byron Bay for three weeks but he has made a bit impact with his cheerful demeanour and always smiling face. I caught up with him earlier this week to finalise his study plan and, when he told me that he was “so, so, so happy” in Byron Bay, I asked if he would like to be our next “Happy Student”.
Here are the answers to his questions and some photos of his time in Australia so far.
Why did you choose to come to Australia and to Lexis Byron Bay in particular?
I chose Australia because it’s far from my country, I like the culture and I’m interested in the history. Also, it’s a good starting point for travelling in Asia and NZ. I chose Byron Bay because it’s similar to my town (Plaja D’aro) in Spain and because I think a small town is better for me for learning English. I chose Lexis because some of my friends from Spain have been to Lexis schools and recommended it.
What do you remember about your first day at school?
It was exciting and scary because everything was new and it was my first trip alone and far from home. It was also strange because everything was in English so I had to concentrate really hard. Luckily I met Lorene, another new starter, and we hit it off straight away and the friendship has grown and grown ever since.
What are your English goals and how is Lexis helping you achieve them?
I’m going to do the CAE preparation course in January. I need to pass this because I want to study psychology in English, ideally in Australia. I only started learning English two years ago but I like languages and I feel like I’m improving so much because I’m speaking English all the time. And also because of the grammar and vocabulary, I’m learning in class.
What do you like about your classes? Is there a class you particularly remember?
I really like the way we study with lots of activities, speaking and games. And my classmates are great; really social and fun.
On Thursday, we did an excursion to the Farmers Market. We did a Scavenger Hunt where our teacher, Mel, gave us a list of items that we had to find and photograph. I enjoyed that and the food, live music and the conversation with the people at the market.
You’ve also joined in a lot of our free activities. What has been your favourite one so far?
I really enjoyed the Ping-Pong Competition (which Eric won). I’m a tennis coach in Spain and also used to have a ping-pong table so it’s easy for me.
Dreamcatcher making was fun too, even though mine was not good. I love Claire (our Student Services and Activities Officer); she so sweet.
Have you participated in the weekend activities? What have you done?
Yes, 20 of us went on the camping trip to Yamba, organised by Sarah from Happy Travels. The whole trip was so funny. It was my first time seeing kangaroos and my favourite part was when we got up at 5am to watch the sunrise on Sunday. It was so beautiful.
I also enjoyed the BBQ at Brunswick River and jumping into the water there. And this weekend I went skydiving. Amazing!
Outside of school, what is your favourite thing about Byron?
I love surfing so I go as often as I can. I also want to go scuba diving but first I need to find a job. Actually, I really enjoy all watersports so I’m also keen to go windsurfing.
Finally, what would you say to anyone thinking of coming to Lexis Byron Bay?
Do it; it’s paradise!!!!!
Learn English in Byron Bay. Lexis English students study General English, IELTS, FCE, CAE and English plus Surfing and Yoga in a friendly and professional school right in the heart of Byron Bay and only 15 minutes from the beach.