ESL Interview Rough Draft

Recently, I was lucky enough to sit down with one of Pima Community College’s many English as a Second Language students; Mary Ma (CQ). Mary came to PCC from Beijing, China to furthur her education in Business Managment and English. She has been here in the Tucson area for the last 10 months and “really likes the Sun out, and how clean the air is.” Before she made her choice to move to Tucson to attend PCC, or move to the United States for that matter, Mary visited the U.S. about four years ago with a vacation-tour group that made quick, day-long stops at various American cities and sites for two-and-a-half weeks. It was this trip that convinced Mary moving to the U.S. would be a good decision. Still, Mary used the next three years to reasearch more about the United States, its people and traditions and where specifically she would move to. Through talks with family and friends, and finding that PCC and the Tucson area were good finacial bargains she was almost sold. Finding out a good friend of hers also lived in the area eventually sealed the deal. While Mary enjoys coming to PCC and school in general, she does admit there are some difficulties. “I like ESL class very much, but learning English is difficult,” she asserts, adding that classes that require less communication are “just a little easier.”