Early September in this year, I took a flight to London to study abroad. Sadly, my English wasn’t good enough to communicate with native speakers naturally; they found hard to understand me. In an attempt to make a progress in English, however, I managed to learn it by travelling and continuing speaking English all the time. Eventually, after only two weeks exploring London, I knew quite a lot of new words, architecture and history. Especially, there are so many good cultures. For instance, one time, when I was lining up in Primark (a clothing store) and texting my friend, one guy passed me. Because this was just only one person, I ignored him. However, he realized his mistake and apologized to me. Honestly, I’m not that polite person so I was surprised at this situation. Therefore, I learnt a valuable lesson in this day. That’s why I wondered what will happen if everyone studies the international language: English.
In fact, understanding English language may help them travel to other places easily, get useful information, active lifestyle and adapt to diverse environment as the example of me. Beside this, they can find it possible to mingle together, make good friends and build up widespread network globally. This means that there will be no space among different countries and hopefully, we are able to live in a peaceful sky in the future. Furthermore, with overseas students or even tourists, after acquiring vast knowledge in other civilized and developed countries, in all likelihood, they can make the most of what they’ve learnt to change their countries for the better.
Turn back to my purpose when I came here, I’m studying foundation of Art, Design and Media. With social and external characters, I’ve had many dear friends for a short time. One of them is my flatmate; she’s studying the same major as me. And one day, we decided to visit Albert and Vitoria museum. I found a large number of exhibitions and we were quite keen on the exhibition named “Disobedient Art”. In here, I was likely to understand the enormous power of art and design. For example, in terms of “Solidarity”, people in the past try to create logos, posters and badges for protests to protect their own life and human right. “If you come only to help me, you can go back home. But if you consider my struggle as part of your struggle for survival, then maybe we can work together” (Aboriginal Activities Group, 1970s).
Thus, given the context of many head-aching issues today, if there are a number of people excelling at art, somehow they can have far-reaching implications for others’ perspectives. They are capable of drawing some paintings or logos preventing teenagers and young people from social evils like HIV and violence. In other words, their pictures can also make a great contribution to children to develop their creativity and passion. Not only art but literature and music also are two of the most influential factors bringing about abrupt changes in their mental mind. Who knows that perhaps, those inspired children – the next generation could design some great machines and devices that won’t have adverse effects on the environment? One more time, if these things occur, I can’t imagine how beautiful the world is at the future time.
I go to school by bus every day. It takes me about 30 minutes. Although I have to spend more time than taking a tube, I have changed the way I look at my life more positively and optimistically. I saw a man saying “cheers” to a driver even they didn’t know each other. I was seeing my friend asking for a stranger when she was borrowing a lighter. In my flat, when I carry heavy stuff, I always have someone who helps me open the door for me. Shopkeepers smile and say “hi and thank you” to their customers. In my school, there is no gap between teachers and students. In London, teachers like a best friend of me that I can share my knowledge and tell them about my stories; even they are good or bad. Furthermore, teachers are such enthusiastic people; they inspire me to do something that I have never thought I could do it. In fact, these things never happen in my country, Vietnam. Thus, I felt weird; but by the time, I find out that the way English people live is so friendly and close that I should learn from them.
I think this is called love. Let’s imagine one day, since people know how to love and take care of each other, the gap between the haves and the have-nots seem to be never existed. The rich, perhaps, will raise fund and do charity as much as possible to extend a helpful hand to the poor and people all over the world can live a healthily spiritual life. For instance, young students coming from miserable families are able to go to school and accumulate great knowledge to lay the firm foundation for new development in their countries. Or a child helps an old woman cross the road, or some people donate money to wanders who are unable to work. Evidently, they are just small actions but meaningful. And who thinks that it is those activities performing crucial roles in connecting people and establishing long-standing relationship that makes the world better in the full of smile and happiness?
Nothing is impossible. I live my life following the quotation: “take a risk, take a chance and make a change”. With the way I look at the world changing and people on the earth, if we tend to make a better life by inventing more and more modern devices and stabilising the economy, we definitely can survive for a short time because of its apparent two-pronged effect. However, let’s try to think differently and widely that one day, if everybody can speak international language, everyone can influence others considerably by their creative mind and everyone is aware of love and respect, how the world will be. In fact, although I can’t predict the future as well as my career and my future life, I’m still on my way to make the world better by learning English, studying Art and learn how to be nice to everybody. The sooner, the better. And I just think, I can do it, you can do it. Why don’t you give it their best shot?
Name: Dang Thu Trang
Level: International Foundation
School’s name: INTO London World Education Centre
438-490 Mile End Road