Ying Zhang, China

Hi Ying! Tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m from China and I went to University there. Now I want to study English because you have better chances to find a good job if you speak English. In my free time I like meeting my friends. We go shopping together and we chat a lot. I also enjoy reading and listening to music.

What do you like about Atlas?

I loved mixing with such a diverse array of students from every country imaginable. The after school activities and class trips really facilitated socialising with my class and the whole school. Lastly, but most importantly the teachers were amazing – creative, friendly, enthusiastic and warm.

What is it that you like about after school activities in Atlas?

They were a great way to socialise and meet people. Also deepened my understanding of Irish culture. Being so far from home it makes it easier to make new friends and not be lonely.

And what do you think about the teachers?

The teachers really were fantastic. Their enthusiasm was contagious. They were patient and encouraging!

What do you think about the weather?

It’s strange, because in one minute it’s raining and in the next minute it’s sunny. But it’s not as bad as I thought.

What do you think of Atlas?

Atlas is a great school, I’m learning a lot of things and there are a lot of people from different places. The teachers are native speakers of English and this is better to learn fast.

What are your next challenges after your stay in Dublin?

Finding a job is my next big focus. Before I want to travel a little bit and enjoy my free time.

Do you have any advice for students who are new to Dublin?

You need to socialize, not just be a bookworm all the time. People at Atlas and in Ireland in general are very friendly and you make a lot of friends. Speaking to people from all over the world in English is a very rewarding experience.

Thanks Ying!