Wednesday, February 17, 2016

A Successful First Session of School


Manuel completed his first English session at Global Language Institute! Matt, Manuel, and I met with his academic advisor at the end of the session to touch base on his progress. She only had positive things to say about him. She noted that he is a very motivated and hard working student, but of course, we already knew that! Manuel's teachers have seen an increase in his confidence as he is asking more questions and in general speaking more English in class.  After school Manuel spends a few hours each night studying including reviewing vocabulary, working on papers and presentations, and preparing for quizzes and tests.

Besides going to school and studying, we have been busy! Manuel has braved our outdoor hot tub even succumbing to a dare to jump out and roll in the snow. He has joined a competitive soccer league, which is a nice chance for him to be active and meet new people.  We are all enjoying going to the Spanish mass at St. Odilia, and Manuel is increasingly becoming involved in the community there. And of course, he spends lots of time playing with Eli and Natalia!

We have started the application process for Fall 2016 semester at Century College. Manuel will be attending an open house tonight as well as meeting with an advisor there. While we are still considering other community colleges, Century seems to be a good fit for Manuel. He has already made a connection with the head soccer coach there!

Thank you for your continued support!

Manuel experiencing his first big snowstorm.
Appreciating Minnesota's beautiful nature despite the cold!
Manuel on his first day of school at GLI. He was a little bit cold and nervous!


  1. Manuel is making a very smooth transition into his life in Minnesota. We see him often and he is always positive and appreciative of all the efforts of everyone cheering him on and offering support.

  2. Aaack that's alotta snow! Was he surprised by his snow experience? It's great to hear that he's becoming more confident in English, with school and his immersion at home. Y'all play soccer in the snow? Indoors? A hearty race, you Minnesotans... And looks like Manuel is fitting right in. Congratulations all!

  3. Manuel... Keep up your preserverance and determination with your immersion into the American culture and language. It's not an easy journey, but along the way all those small steps will = great strides; and success will come to you.