“My very first impression of Stamford was when I came after a 12-hour-long flight from Japan and 3-hour drive from Heathrow Airport.
Even though I was nervous and exhausted at the time, as soon as I arrived and saw the view and the buildings in Stamford, they were so inspiring that it calmed my nerves and restored my energy.”
“Compared to Tokyo, where there are many modern, tall buildings, Stamford is unified with historic stone buildings. These are always beautiful and everyone can relax and enjoy the view. I was also impressed by the many stars that can be seen at night.”
“For my A-levels, I do maths, psychology and drama. I’m also doing lessons for my IELTS exam. In the great majority of Japanese high schools, we study more than 10 subjects, but only a few of them are optional. Also we don’t have subjects such as psychology, drama and business in Japan, so I feel lucky to study them here. I really like the style that we can choose the subjects which we want to study, because I can accumulate basic technical knowledge before university. I also enjoy the class style that they are participatory, with about 10 students per a class. I get to hear many different opinions during class discussions.”
“I’m having great fun in my boarding house called Park House. Every weekend, we have different activities. We went to London for Christmas shopping. After Christmas, we went to an escape room and a Chinese restaurant in Stamford to celebrate Chinese New Year. Over the last few months, we’ve been to a theme park, painted pottery, visited new cities and enjoyed water sports.”
“There are lots of activities every weekend at which we have great fun, relax, and get away from homework. I usually visit my friends’ rooms on Friday night or on weekends and watch some movies or make bead accessories! This is also my favourite time in the boarding house. There’re lots of snacks, fruits, drinks and vegetables in the kitchen, so that we can cook and have some snacks whenever we want.”
A final word from Nanako...
Even though I had never stayed in a boarding house in my life and this is my first time away from my family for a long time, Park House is very cosy and I feel like it is actually my second home!
The boarding staff are very kind, and I am supported by them a lot.