American Language Program / Student Stories
"ALP was the first step towards my goals. I learned English. I met wonderful people. I got a great degree. Now I am working towards getting my PhD, which is the ultimate goal of my time here."
Al-Khayat said one of the most common questions he gets is what advice he has for new students. “The answer is easy: make friends—and not just with people from your own country.".
"I am taking on the best parts of American culture and keeping the best parts of Chinese culture. That's how I have been able to grow and become a better person than when I first arrived."
"The composition class taught me how to write correctly and even use APA style, which is mandatory for most papers in masters’ courses."
Twelve years after entering ALP, Takizawa now calls America her home. She went on to earn BA and MA degrees in Glass from Cal State Fullerton, and currently works as a glass-blowing artist and instructor.