English as a Second Language Students Graduate from the Program
By Hannah Stacy
The ESL graduates stood proudly as they received their certificates on Wednesday December 12, 2012. Their teachers and other students in various stages of the program listened as they spoke about experiences, difficulties, and accomplishments along the way. This day has been one in which these students have looked forward to for many months. The journey has been difficult for most, but each student has worked incredibly hard to get to this point.
The closeness among the students is evident as some are brought to tears while discussing the friends they have made and the gratitude they feel toward their teachers and Goodwin College. “Coming here was the best decision I’ve made,” one student said.
It is also apparent that the relationships with their teachers are full of encouragement and positivity. Each student is so appreciative of the support and patience they have received. While in the presence of this group there is always laughter and gratefulness. Important life lessons can be learned from their persistence and motivation to succeed in America. It takes courage to do what these students have done and will continue to do.
Good luck to all the graduates and as one of the students said, “Never give up!”