BU CELOP News

CELOP Current Student – Pierre Heridan Tchissita Batchi, Republic of the Congo

February 19th, 2019 in Highlight.

CELOP Current Student Heridan Tchissita Batchi

1. What is your name?

Pierre Heridan Tchissita Batchi

2. Where are you from?

Republic of the Congo

3. What program are you currently enrolled in at CELOP?

6-week Intensive English (Summer-1)

4. What’s your favorite place on campus at Boston University?

Two favorite places: Classrooms (CELOP) and Dormitory (Kilachand Hall)

5. What do you like most about CELOP?

Two things: Courses structure and Diversity of nationalities (students and staff)

6. Why did you choose CELOP?

I found CELOP when I was searching for an Intensive English Summer Course in U.S with Google Search. I chose CELOP because of the reputation of Boston University and, in general, the reputation of universities in Massachusetts State.

7. Where did you attend college for your undergraduate degree? What was your major and when did you graduate?

I attended college both in the Republic of the Congo and the Republic of Cameroon, with some trainings in France. I graduated in Production Engineering in July 2008

8. Tell us about what you want to do in the future. What is your dream job?

I have been working for TOTAL (an international petroleum group) for 10 years, with a permanent contract. But my dream is to do my own business in the future

9. What is your favorite thing to do in Boston?

I spent too little time in Boston, so I focused myself in studying English. But at times I liked visiting parks and historic museums

10. What is your favorite restaurant in Boston?

Most of times I went to BU Dining Room (Warren Tower), but at times I went to different other restaurants along Commonwealth Avenue and in Downtown (including Asian restaurants)

11.What would you tell someone who is thinking about studying at CELOP but is unsure?

I strongly recommend people to study at CELOP based on my own experience. I really benefited from the courses structure and methodology, and I am pretty sure many other people will do so, especially those from my country and from my company.

CELOP Current Student – Dossou Samuelson, Sam, Gabon

December 6th, 2018 in Highlight.

CELOP Student Sam Dossou

1. What is your name?

My name is Raphael Uriel Samuelson Dossou.

2. Where are you from?

I’m from Gabon, a country located in central Africa, however, I was born in Washington D.C.

3. What program are you currently enrolled in at CELOP?

I’m currently doing the intensive 12-week 25 hours of English program. I’m here for three months from September to December.

4. What’s your favorite place on campus at Boston University?

My favorite place on campus is the George Sherman Union (GSU) because you can eat and talk with your friends there. The main library, Mugar, is also in the same building so if you wanted a quiet place to work, you can go there too.

5. What do you like most about CELOP?

At CELOP, I have the opportunity to learn English and at the same I have the opportunity to meet peoples from many countries around the world. Being able to work and creating contacts is one of the things that I like the most about CELOP. The fact that the staff (teachers…) are very kind with us is something that I really like here.

6. Why did you choose CELOP?

I choose CELOP because I have three sisters and one brother that did CELOP a long time ago. They all did two semesters here and really liked it.

7. Where did you attend college for your undergraduate degree? What was your major and when did you graduate?

I have not gone to college for my undergraduate degree yet. I’m going to attend Suffolk University to study International Business.

8. Tell us about what you want to do in the future. What is your dream job?

I would like to go back to my country to start my own import/export company selling African products and minerals. Hopefully, I can take this business to the international level.

9. What is your favorite thing to do in Boston?

I like to walk along the Esplanade, which is about 5 minutes away from where I live. It’s really cool that I can see the river from my living room. I’d still like to visit all the different universities around here like MIT and Harvard.

10. What is your favorite restaurant in Boston?

My favorite restaurant in Boston is FOGO DE CHÃO it’s a Brazilian Steakhouse where I went the first time with my mom when I arrived in Boston.

11. What would you tell someone who is thinking about studying at CELOP but is unsure?

I would tell him/her to come here without hesitation because I’ve done many different programs, such as the Oxford Royale Academy, to learn English but CELOP is one of the best. The staff and teachers here try their best to help the students and make them as comfortable as possible.

CELOP Alumnus: Where Are They Now? José and Miguel Villazón Gutiérrez, Colombia

October 12th, 2018 in Highlight.

Interview with José (left) and Miguel Villazón Gutiérrez (right).

José was at CELOP last semester, Summer 2018, and Miguel studied at CELOP in the spring and summer semesters in 2012; he took academic English and then the Legal English course for Practitioners.

Miguel recommended that José study at CELOP.

Where are you from?

We’re from Valledupar, Colombia. I, Miguel, live there now, working as a corporate and business lawyer in my family’s company. Thanks to my CELOP experience, I was accepted to the LL.M. programs at Suffolk, BU, and BC. I did the LL.M. program at BC. Today I am doing an MBA at the University of Miami, having good results and understanding well every concept and theory.

What made you recommend CELOP to José?

I recommended CELOP to my brother because it’s different from other English institutes. The first reason why I recommended CELOP was because it’s part of BU, so this opens a lot of opportunities at BU, such as being part of the BU community, access to the gym and library. The second reason is because I liked how CELOP teachers focused the class on the students, helping them to improve skills and knowledge in an easy way. Third, CELOP helped me in the Master’s application that was so important for me at that moment. My brother needs this too; for him it’s also very important.

José, where did you attend college for your undergraduate degree?

I attended the Universidad Externado de Colombia, located in Bogotá, Colombia, where I earned my law degree.

Tell us about what you want to do in the future. What is your dream job?

My next step in life is earning a Master’s degree in law and then going back to Colombia to work in my family’s company.

What is your favorite thing to do in Boston?

Boston is a great city for walking, having exquisite food, and meeting friends from all over the world.

Do you think your English has improved and if so why?

My vocabulary and academic skills are what have improved the most here at CELOP.

Faculty Spotlight: A moment with Stephanie Ngom

August 6th, 2018 in Highlight.

CELOP Faculty, Stephanie Ngom

  1. What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most?

I enjoy helping students achieve their goals for English language learning. It’s so wonderful to see the look of joy in their eyes when they make progress on their English skills at the end of the semester. I also enjoy learning about my students’ cultures. Each student brings their own individual experience that has been shaped by their culture. It’s so inspiring to discover each student’s culture throughout the semester and also see how the students learn from each other.

  1. What did you do before working at CELOP?

Before I started working at CELOP, I worked in the public school system in Boston with kindergartners and in Brookline with 4th graders. Before that I taught at a university in Senegal, West Africa where my husband is from. I taught English to computer science students for a year at the Universite de Saint-Louis Gaston-Berger.

  1. Where are you from?

I’m originally from Whitefish, Montana, which is a small town in the northwestern part of the state up near Canada. I grew up enjoying all that nature has to offer with a cold mountain lake about a 10 minute walk from my house and a renowned ski resort about a 30 minute drive away. My childhood was filled with hiking, camping, swimming and snowboarding. In the summers we would spend many days in Glacier National Park that has incredible views of the Rocky Mountains.

  1. Favorite thing to do in Boston?

It’s hard to just choose one favorite activity in Boston, but when I have visitors from out of town, I usually take them on the Freedom Trail. It’s really interesting to see the famous landmarks and buildings that help us gain insight into the history of the U.S. We can discover how Boston played an important role in forming the country we see today. Start in the Boston Gardens (especially in the Spring to see the blooming flowers) and continue through the Boston Commons until the North End. Also, stop for a break to get authentic Italian coffee and gelato at Cafe Vitttoria. 

  1. If you had to eat one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?

I love salad! I’m a huge fan of fresh and local organic ingredients, and I think I would be happy if I could have salad every day for the rest of my life. There’s a great “fast food” salad place called Sweet Green in Copley Square that has lots of choices for greens and toppings. Definitely check it out if you love salad like me.

  1. What’s your favorite TV Show?

My favorite tv show currently is This is Us. It’s about a family that goes through all of life’s joys and challenges. I think I probably cry every episode because of all the wonderful family dynamics from sibling rivalry to weddings and pregnancies.

  1. What is the best destination you’ve travelled to?

I love to learn about different cultures and languages, so I’d definitely have to say Senegal, West Africa. I’ve lived there several times in my life, but the first time was when I was just out of college. That first experience there opened my mind so much to a different society, religion and language. The people in Senegal are so kind and welcoming, and the music, art and culture are so inspiring.

  1. Favorite restaurant in Boston?

My favorite restaurant in Boston is Life Alive. Actually there is one that is supposed to open soon near CELOP. It’s got the most amazing bowls of fresh ingredients and these sauces that are to die for!

  1. What are your hobbies?

My hobbies right now are really based on my kids’ lives. I have two daughters and we enjoy watching movies and going shopping. We also do lots of arts and crafts. I also really love spending time outside taking long walks or going to the beach and reading.

  1. What is your hidden talent?

I don’t really have a hidden talent, but I do think I’m pretty good at learning languages. I’m fluent in French and Wolof (the 1st national language of Senegal), and I studied Spanish and Arabic. My next language to learn is Chinese.

  1. What would people never guess you do in your role?

Currently I’m working as the Coordinator of the Bridge to BU Program, so I have a lot of duties outside of teaching, such as meeting with different staff members at CELOP. I also created the online course that the Bridge to BU students must take before they arrive at BU.

CELOP Alumni Where Are They Now? Vuthikorn (Tim) Anusasamornkul, Thailand

July 16th, 2018 in Highlight.

CELOP Alumnus Vuthikorn (Tim) Anusasamornkul

  1. What is your name?

Vuthikorn (Tim) Anusasamornkul

  1. Where are you from?

Bangkok, Thailand

  1. Where do you live now?

Los Angeles, California

  1. When and for how long did you study at CELOP?

July 1st – August 3rd 2017 (1 month)

  1. Why did you choose CELOP?

CELOP was recommended to me by an older student and as I was going to the West Coast for my MBA I thought a network from the East Coast would also be valuable to me.

  1. What were some of the things you liked most about CELOP? Do you have a favorite memory?

My classmates are amazing! I am very close with all of them; I believe one of the reasons was that we shared the same experience. All of us were internationals who tried our best to prepare/adapt for our upcoming MBA program. And they were all amazing, smart, and humble, from diverse and interesting backgrounds. The CELOP program was surely a great mini-MBA environment for me to understand what was ahead of me at the time.

  1. In what ways did CELOP help you prepare for what you are doing now?

As mentioned, the class environment was important to me and the case practice was also helpful in a way. I am currently pursuing my MBA at UCLA Anderson.

  1. Where did you attend college for your undergraduate degree? What was your major and when did you graduate?

I attended Chulalongkorn University in Thailand. I graduated in 2014 with a major in mechanical engineering.

  1. Where are you working/studying now?

I am an MBA candidate at UCLA Anderson, class of 2019.

  1. Tells about what you want to do in the future. What is your dream job?

To be honest, I think I still haven’t been exposed to enough job functions and industries to decide on my long term dream career, which was one of my reasons for come doing an MBA, to learn more about the opportunities. However, I know I will eventually go back to work in Thailand.

  1. What was your favorite thing to do in Boston?

The city has a charm in itself (but of course I was only there in the summer). The Charles River was really pretty and all the buildings are so new! I could just walk around wandering in the town all day without getting bored.

  1. What was your favorite restaurant in Boston?

It was definitely King and I, an amazing Thai restaurant.

  1. What would you tell someone who is thinking about studying at CELOP but is unsure?

CELOP has so many things to offer. Just ask yourself what you really want from the program. In my case, I thought of connecting with people from the east and CELOP has MBA students going to many schools: Harvard, MIT, Boston University, and Babson. CELOP has really done a great job with these students and I was glad to join the program.

CELOP Current Student – Mujtaba Kifah Al Hubayl, Saudi Arabia

July 11th, 2018 in Highlight.

CELOP Student Mujtaba Kifah Al Hubayl

  1. What is your name?

Mujtaba Kifah Al Hubayl

  1. Where are you from?

Saudi Arabia

  1. What program are you currently enrolled in at CELOP?

Science and Technology

  1. What’s your favorite place on campus at Boston University?

Mugar Memorial Library

  1. What do you like most about CELOP?

I like the community here in CELOP, it’s very encouraging and enthusiastic.

  1. Why did you choose CELOP?

The program that I came with works with BU CELOP.

  1. Where did you attend college for your undergraduate degree? What was your major and when did you graduate?

I’m going to attend CU Boulder majoring in Mechanical Engineering

  1. Tell us about what you want to do in the future. What is your dream job?

I want to become a researcher who makes a breakthrough in science.

  1. What is your favorite thing to do in Boston?

As a photographer I think taking pictures is the best thing to do in Boston.

  1. What is your favorite restaurant in Boston?

Fiouna’s Persian Fusion Cuisine.

  1. What would you tell someone who is thinking about studying at CELOP but is unsure?

Do not hesitate come and study at CELOP. The atmosphere will motivate you to study hard!

Faculty Spotlight: A moment with…Jamie Beaton

June 20th, 2018 in Highlight.

CELOP Faculty Jamie Beaton

CELOP Faculty Jamie Beaton

  1. What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most?

I really appreciate the contact with interesting people from so many different countries. It has given me a perspective on the world than many people do not have.

  1. What did you do before working at CELOP?

I’ve been an English teacher for a long time, starting at a language school in Toronto for 11 years. When I came to Boston, I had a couple of short-term jobs before starting full-time at CELOP.

  1. Where are you from?

Canada! I grew up in a town called Barrie, about 60 miles north of Toronto, then went to university and lived in Toronto.

  1. Favorite thing to do in Boston?

Two things – going to Red Sox games at Fenway Park and watching rowing on the Charles River.

  1. If you had to eat one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?

That’s a tough one – probably grilled salmon, fresh corn on the cob, mashed (or dill) potatoes.

  1. What’s your favorite TV Show?

Boston Bruins hockey games. Or if that doesn’t count, ‘Sherlock’ with Benedict Cumberbatch.

  1. What is the best destination you’ve travelled to?

No question – Scotland, in particular the island that my family came from in the 1800s.

  1. Favorite restaurant in Boston?

The Daily Catch, especially the tiny one in the North End. It’s noisy, hot, seats only 20 people, and the food is delicious – perfect!

  1. What are your hobbies?

Reading, traditional music, bird-watching.

  1. What is your hidden talent?

Solving cryptic crossword puzzles (an odd style from Britain with lots of puns and word play).

Meet our Current Students- Josephine Pasik, France

June 12th, 2018 in Highlight.

CELOP Current student Jozephine Pasik

CELOP Current student Jozephine Pasik

  1. What is your name?

My name is Josephine Pasik.

  1. Where are you from?

I’m from Paris, France.

  1. What program are you currently enrolled in at CELOP?

I’m currently enrolled in the 25 intensive program – level mid intermediate. I’m studying at CELOP for one semester.

  1. What’s your favorite place on campus at Boston University?

My favorite place on campus at Boston University is Fit Rec. It’s a very large gym. I like to go there with my friends. We always have a good time. There is even a recreation pool, and hot tub to relax in after a workout.

  1. What do you like most about CELOP?

I like meeting people from all over the world. I enjoy classes where we learn about their country, and we talk about ours.

  1. Why did you choose CELOP?

I chose CELOP for different reasons. I wanted to improve my English at an American university. I wanted to study in Boston, the student city of the United States, where there are a lot of prestigious universities. Also, I wanted to live at an international American campus, and enjoy life there. CELOP offered a good program that suited me.

  1. Where did you attend college for your undergraduate degree? What was your major and when did you graduate?

I’m a current student in Paris. I study business at a university. I finished my first year, and I’m going back for my second year in September.

  1. Tell us about what you want to do in the future. What is your dream job?

I want to do a lot of things in the future. A lot of things interest me. As of today, I would like to work in the sector of digital communication or events. I am also interested in working at the United Nations, but I’m just 19, I still have time to choose!

  1. What is your favorite thing to do in Boston?

I like walking and shopping on Newbury street.  The street is very beautiful. I like to walk along the Charles River. I also like going to the museum, especially the Institute of Contemporary Art. They offer a virtual reality experience. There is a beautiful view of the port of Boston, and where you can take nice pictures. This is the place to go and it is also free for BU students.

  1. What is your favorite restaurant in Boston?

I discovered a very nice place called « Frenchie ». I went there for Saturday brunch. It’s a very nice French food restaurant. I don’t eat very often at the restaurant, because I opted for an unlimited plan at the dinings halls at Boston University. The food is good, fresh, and there is a wide variety.

  1. What would you tell someone who is thinking about studying at CELOP but is unsure?

CELOP is a very good place for improving your English. You are going to make friends from different countries. You will be able to live in one of the largest American universities with many things to do. It will be an experience you will never forget!

CELOP Alumni: Where Are They Now? Haebareun Kim, South Korea

May 29th, 2018 in Highlight.

CELOP Alumnus Haebareun Kim

CELOP Alumnus Haebareun Kim

  1. What is your name?

Haebareun Kim

  1. Where are you from?

Republic of Korea

  1. Where do you live now?

Seoul, Korea

  1. When and for how long did you study at CELOP?

September 2007 ~ December 2007

  1. Why did you choose CELOP?

I attended a language school for nine months before CELOP. For the remaining three months, I wanted to get a more systematic education and experience what American universities are like indirectly.

  1. What were some of the things you liked most about CELOP? Do you have a favorite memory?

The Core class was great, but the Elective class was more memorable.
I chose the Semester book class with Doreen and my English improved significantly. Various articles, hard writing, and correction motivated me to engage even harder. 11 years later now, I sometimes look back in the past, looking at the Semester book.

  1. In what ways did CELOP help you prepare for what you are doing now?

It is essential for Korean people to have a good score on a standardized English test like the TOEIC to get a job; however, many people struggle on the speaking section. Experience in interacting with English-speaking natives and the help from CELOP that I had definitely helped me get good grades on all sections of the TOEIC.

  1. Where did you attend college for your undergraduate degree? What was your major and when did you graduate?

I majored in business administration at Chung-ang university in Korea. I minored in folk studies to study Korean I graduated in February 2013.

  1. Where are you working/studying now?

I am running an in-house venture and an app business at KT, Korea Telecom.

  1. Tell us about what you want to do in the future. What is your dream job?

As I currently run an in-house venture, my interest in organization management has increased, therefore I want to study management efficiency of various organizational structures and apply it to the government or companies based on the results.

  1. What was your favorite thing to do in Boston?

Everything in Boston was great and memorable, for example, the sea, museum, shopping, Charles River, and the old subway.
Among them, the most memorable one is the museum. I made a one-year membership in the museum, so I used to visit it whenever I had time. My favorite picture from then is still my smartphone background screen image.

  1. What was your favorite restaurant in Boston?

I often visited a Japanese restaurant called Takemura on the Cambridge side. I loved sushi in Korea and I went there more than twice a week because It was near my house. I ate all the varieties of salmon sushi on the menu. Since the chef was Korean, he often served special dishes, so I remember how much I enjoyed it. When I go to Boston, I plan to visit there again.

  1. What would you tell someone who is thinking about studying at CELOP but is unsure?

At CELOP, there is an opportunity to broaden your experience of American culture as well as English in various ways. I mentioned the elective class which improved my English with various subjects. It was also a good opportunity to share various opinions with Boston University students in 1:1 tutoring.

CELOP Alumni: Where Are They Now? Lander Santos de Oliveira, Brazil

May 10th, 2018 in Highlight.

CELOP Alumnus Lander Santos de Oliveira.

CELOP Alumnus Lander Santos de Oliveira.

  1. What is your name?

Lander Santos de Oliveira

  1. Where are you from?

Brazil

  1. Where do you live now?

Ribeirao Preto, Sao Paulo, Brazil

  1. When and for how long did you study at CELOP?

From September 2013 to December 2013

  1. Why did you choose CELOP? 

Actually, the Brazilian government institution that funded us assigned the students to the universities.

  1. What were some of the things you liked most about CELOP? Do you have a favorite memory? 

The close interaction with professors and students. They were always willing to provide the most productive hours of knowledge, even during “recreational” events.
My favorite memories are the visit to Woods Hole and the food days at CELOP, in which we could try different food from different cultures.

  1. In what ways did CELOP help you prepare for what you are doing now? 

The respect for different cultures, the English language, team work, public presentation skills

  1. Where did you attend college for your undergraduate degree? What was your major and when did you graduate? 

Since I was part of a program in which the students could learn the language first and then take courses within my major, I started studying Biotechnology in Brazil in 2011. In September 2013 I started studying at CELOP and in January 2014 I took some courses at the BU Medical Dept. In 2015 I finished my major in Brazil.

  1. Where are you working/studying now?

I currently work at Dow Agrosciences

  1. Tell us about what you want to do in the future. What is your dream job?

In the future I would love to work in the USA in a job that challenges me every day, preferably in the same field I currently work in.

  1. What was your favorite thing to do in Boston? 

Run along the Charles River.

  1. What was your favorite restaurant in Boston? 

Anchovies.

  1. What would you tell someone who is thinking about studying at CELOP but is unsure? 

You cannot go wrong choosing this school. You will certainly achieve your goals at CELOP thanks to the supportive teachers, advisors and administrative team. CELOP will offer everything you need to succeed. Moreover, Boston is a fascinating city, offering lots of cozy places, friendly people, sightseeing and the most beautiful skyline you will ever see.