When students arrive at ADC College on their first day of the Internship Programme, they are often a little nervous. “What will my internship be like? Will people be friendly? What if my English is not good enough?” These are all very common and natural thoughts to have before going somewhere new. But there are things you can do to feel more prepared. We can suggest four personal projects that will help calm your nerves and build your confidence ahead of your London stay.
1. Start a blog
A blog is a great way to document your experience, stay in contact with friends and family and practise your English. The online platform will also help you connect with other English speakers around the world and open your eyes to people in the same industry and their daily lives. If you are an aspiring cook, why not create a food blog and upload your favourite recipes? Perhaps you want to be a hairdresser? There are plenty of beauty and fashion blogs out there to be inspired by. Ask yourself the following questions, “What do I want to achieve with my internship? How do I get there? How can I express this in an interesting way online?” Start your blog a month before your trip and by the time you arrive in London, you will have significantly improved your English, met other English speakers and become more confident.
2. Create a scrapbook
A scrapbook is another way of documenting your time with ADC. Before your trip, collect photos, post cards, quotes from your favourite books – anything that inspires you – and arrange it all in a notebook. Write down your goals, dreams and thoughts about your internship in English. When you arrive in London, you can continue your project by interviewing a colleague or describing the areas you have visited and the people you have met. Collect souvenirs, like pictures or newspaper articles to fill the pages with. While the scrapbook helps you deal with worries or negative thoughts, it will also show how much you have developed during your time here and is a perfect creative project to show to your teachers or friends when you get home.
3. Discover English culture
One of the great things about the UK, and London in particular, is its subcultures and alternative scenes. Why don’t you read one of the Bloomsbury classics ahead of your stay – in English? Or watch a London cult film with English subtitles? Oliver! is a musical made from Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist and a great film to watch in time for Christmas. The UK is also known for its comedy – watch the first two seasons of The Mighty Boosh or the UK version of The Office. In a few weeks’ time, you will be more used to hearing and understanding English and also have seen a different side of the UK.
4. Make a list of places you want to visit
Our students, along with most London visitors, are often confused by the public transport system. Therefore, it can be a good idea to make a list of areas, restaurants or museums you want to visit and note down the best easiest way to get there. This way, you don’t have to spend precious time looking up where a particular café or shop is located, or how to find it when you are standing in the middle of Oxford Circus with your shopping bags. Visit www.tfl.gov.uk to plan your tube or bus journey. You can also have a look at the Time Out London website for news about current festivals and events happening in the city.
Would you like to participate in our Internship Programme? Don't hesitate to contact us if you would like more information about what we do and how to get funding. Call a Country Manager today on +44 2084249424.