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Kabir Vega Castellanos: I am a teenager living in Alamar, my hobbies are technology and by maternal influence literature. I love animals sometimes even more than myself. I started in Havana Times because it is one of the few places where one can speak his mind. Although sometimes I'm naïve I believe that my opinion also has value.

A New Perspective on School

February 5, 2014 | Print Print |

Kabir Vega Castellanos

HAVANA TIMES — I started a new routine five days ago. I get up at five in the morning and go to my new school.

Since public transportation in Alamar isn’t exactly marvelous, to get to my class on time I have to walk a three-bus-stop distance, all the way back to the first stop of the P-11 bus, and take this bus to almost its last stop. Then, I have to walk to my new school, where I take intensive English lessons Monday to Friday.

The school has actually surprised me: every day, I go back home satisfied with what I’ve learned. At my old high school, we had entire periods that people slept through or used to do a bit of mischief. It was distressing. I would go to school as though it were a kind of punishment. Here, however, students show a sincere interest in learning.

There’s barely even time to get to know one another. We devote the entire time to learning and expanding our vocabulary little by little, so as to gradually master this language, spoken in 51 countries and immensely valued in the commercial world.

I don’t have to take down notes like a medieval scribe or copy signs on a TV screen that contribute nothing to my knowledge. I only take note of what I’m not sure about or consider important. Our teacher, who’s a bit strict, makes our classes truly special, dynamic and motivating.

It’s the first time in my life I enjoy going to school. I feel a little strange, being the youngest student in the class, but this doesn’t keep me from enjoying myself fully.

English is taught here at school from primary school and all the way up to senior high school, but in a single week in this course, I’ve learned more than what I did in all the schools I have gone to.


What's your opinion?

  • Griffin

    That is great news! I am glad you have found a school where you can really learn. Enjoy your time there. Your writing skill is already far above the average for your age group. Learning to speak, read & write in English will serve you well.

    Best of luck to you!

  • lw

    Your English is excellent and it seems that you are truly dedicated to this educational experience. I hope you post more as I would enjoy hearing more about your progress. Do you have pets? I am sure you do?