On her first day at school, Gaia arrived with her notebook and pencil, eager to begin her new academic challenge. At SCL International College, everything is located in one building so she didn't even have to worry about commuting, bad weather or getting lost! A quick ride down the lift and she arrived at the school floor, relaxed and ready.
Upon arrival, she was warmly welcomed by Denisa and Gen at the front desk, who kindly assisted her in finding the correct classroom. Then, Gaia met her teacher Simon, and she introduced herself to her new classmates. In the class, she sat next to Sadeem and Sirin, twin girls from Saudi Arabia, as well as Nesibe from Türkiye and Fahres, also from Saudi Arabia. Gaia soon found herself fully engaged in the lessons and understanding the tasks.
At first, Gaia wasn't sure if she'd make friends, but that quickly changed. Over time, she became friends with all her classmates, and they started exploring London together. They added her to their WhatsApp group and began sharing experiences, memories, and moments of their daily lives. She studies daily and takes her lessons seriously, and also keeps herself busy both on and off campus. Gaia was happy to have found a supportive and fun community of friends in her new school.
Fun moments during her first days in London:
On Gaia's first day in London, she was eager to stock up on some essentials, so she headed to the local supermarket. As she approached the checkout, the cashier asked, "Cash or card?" Still getting used to speaking English, Gaia replied confidently, "All I want to do is pay."
The cashier asked again: "Cash or card?" But this time, Gaia replied in Italian: "Ma che vuole questa,” which means, "What does she want from me?"
The cashier soon realised that Gaia wasn't speaking English fluently and repeated the question more slowly.
Despite facing an initial language barrier, Gaia was glad to experience the warm and friendly approach of Londoners. Since that day, she was even more determined to enhance her English skills.