Ahmed Nouh is from Saudi Arabia. He has been studying at Glasgow School of English since October 2014 and recently won a competition at the School to identify locations across the world that had been ‘visited’ by Scottie, the School’s mascot.
In 2014, on his way to an event in London, Andrew Lennox found a little “kilted Scotsman playing his pipes” in an airport. He brought it back with him and decided to include the newly acquired mascot in the school’s marketing operations.
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You can see Scottie in the photograph below, when Ahmed is being presented with his prize of a GBP 100 pounds cheque by Andrew Lennox, the President of the schools in Glasgow and Edinburgh. After the presentation, Ahmed took some time to chat about his experiences in Scotland.
I studied a bit at High School, but not seriously as we didn’t need to be able to speak English at school. I came here eleven months ago because I wanted to learn. When I arrived, I could only speak a few words of English.
I do feel for my home at times, but I really like Glasgow. It’s a better place to live than the rest of the UK in my opinion. I’ve been to London twice, but it’s too expensive and very crowded.
I don’t think so. Perhaps in the past people looked to London but now they are well aware of other places in the UK, including Scotland.
The teachers are from different countries – the UK obviously, but also from Australia and China. This helps me learn about different countries, not just Scotland. The facilities have been improved a lot since I arrived and are very good. The trips they organise are good. I’ve also been to watch some football matches – I am now a supporter of Aberdeen FC! I feel relaxed in the School and enjoy it here.
A lot of people at home ask me, “do you think Glasgow is a nice place?” and I always say, “yes!” I also tell them that, from my experience, Glasgow School of English is a good place to come to learn English.”