Rafael Gomez

Name: Rafael Gomez

Country: Venezuela

Why did you choose Temple Center for American Language and Culture?

I loved the structure of the program and the way it was taught.  I liked the quality of the classes and the interactions with the teachers and other students. The academic format of the program was very appealing to me.

What have you learned through the program?

I have learned how to write a proper research paper in a formal academic way by paraphrasing, summarizing, using quotations, stating my opinion, and/or doing in-text citations. I have also learned how to deliver presentations in English, how to write short stories, limericks, response papers and more. By doing all of this I have reinforced my English grammar while improving my speaking and listening skills.

What advice would you give another student who is thinking about signing up for the program?

I would recommend that the student hurry up and get here as soon as possible. The experience is going to be unique and remarkable. There are students from all over the world which makes the learning process very interesting and fascinating. I would also advise that the student be prepared to study and take the program seriously as that is the only key to success.

What are you studying at Temple?

I am studying IELP courses and plan to study an L.L.M. for foreign trained lawyers here at Temple.

What has been your favourite experience at Temple?

My favorite experience at Temple has been the interaction among all the students from different parts of the world. Also, the great response I have gotten from the staff at the Center, who have been very friendly and have made me feel really welcome here, as the Temple slogan says.

What is your favourite thing to do in Philadelphia?

Philly is a very walkable city, so I really enjoy walking around Center City and around the historical part of town. I also enjoy jogging along the Schuylkill River trail parallel to Kelly drive, which is a wonderful place to jog, run, bike or simply take a nice walk. Philadelphia also offers a variety of cultural options which I enjoy very much.

What are your plans for the future?

I plan to continue my education, using all of the tools and skills I gained and learned in the IELP program sessions I attended.

What is your favourite food in Philadelphia?

There is only one right answer for that question: Philly cheesesteak.