Franck Yvan Sy is from Cameroon, and finished his studies at the ELI in 2017. After strengthening his English skills at Notre Dame of Maryland University he took some academic courses at Montgomery College and then transferred to UMBC. He will receive his degree in Psychology in 2021.
Before he moved to the United States, his two older sisters had studied at the ELI first. When he heard his sisters’ stories about their experiences in Baltimore, he decided he wanted to follow the same path and eventually joined them!
“I couldn’t speak English at all when I first came to the United States. I could say only ‘good morning’ and ‘good night.’” He told us learning English was a big challenge for him because he initially didn’t have the confidence to speak English with others.
While he was studying at the ELI, he got tremendous support from his instructors, who were always kind and welcoming to everyone, every day. Franck explained, “ELI instructors encouraged me to use my knowledge, taught me how to speak and how to write in English. Eventually, I regained my confidence which helped me take the next steps in my life, all thanks to my instructors.”
Franck is really enjoying his “American” life these days. It was easy to see on the interview day that wherever he goes, Franck is making the most of it. His positive energy and enthusiastic attitude about life are exactly why he is a role model for others and was invited to be one of the guest speakers at the ELI 35th Anniversary Ceremony last year. Our global community at the ELI and NDMU all wish Franck the best in pursuing his dreams – Congratulations on all of your success thus far, Franck!