My name is Ankush and I am now a citizen of Australia. I am working in a government organisation and have a well settled and secure life. When I look back, the journey was not so easy and I had to struggle very hard to reach here. I had studied at a state-run school, where English is a second language. When I joined IELTS classes it was really difficult to understand the language and to speak in English for the speaking module seemed next to impossible. The first day after attending the orientation class, when I reached my home I told my parents that it was not my cup of tea and I would like to discontinue my classes. But my parents were really very supportive and encouraged me to attend the classes and write down the exam once. So, on their advice, I reached my academy and whole-heartedly decided to give my hundred per cent and study with diligence to fulfil my dream.
The subsequent days were really very tedious and tiresome. It seemed that I was the only one who was not able to understand anything in the class. Reading comprehension passages were difficult to comprehend and essay writing seemed to be a challenging task, as I was not able to write more than 2-3 paragraphs and when the teachers corrected it, there were hundreds of mistakes. Speaking really was a never-ending trauma and I was the last in my batch to go for speaking. However, the only module I used to look forward was listening, as I was able to score at least 5 bands in that module. I felt like quitting my classes but my parents insisted that I should continue with my course. Eventually, I gave in and started going to my classes on a regular basis.
Slowly I started making acquaintances and after interacting with them I realised that I was not the only one who was undergoing these struggles and the students whom I thought to be brilliant, also seemed to face the same problems. This, somehow helped me to overcome my tension and I decided to work hard and with full determination and grit to pass the exam with flying colours. I started to build up my vocabulary and brush up my grammar. The faculties were really very helpful and they guided me in every possible way. I realised that without knowing the basic concepts of grammar, it is really impossible to learn any language. I tried to do a lot of grammar exercises, from the net and the self-studies imbibed in me, the habit of being always informed. Further, I also started to read books as my trainer had suggested and I, developed a habit of reading and till today I read books be it fiction, biographies or motivational books. The stumbling block still was speaking module and however hard I tried, I was not able to speak a few sentences in English. Then one day my mentor guided me to start reading aloud and speak in the front of a mirror in English. His encouraging words uplifted my spirits and I started to speak in English. Though I was not able to get my required score in my first attempt, I kept on trying and finally succeeded in passing my exam and then going to Australia to do my higher education. After finishing my course I worked for two years and then applied for my Permanent Residency and finally, I became a resident of Australia.
Looking back I now realised that nothing is impossible if you have the determination and a supportive family and mentors to support you.