A day in the life of a Student!

Gerard Lopez

gerI’m Gerard Lopez and I’m from Barcelona. This is my first experience studying abroad.

My first impression of the city was like the scene of a film. A whole new environment. New homes, new streets, new people and neighbourhoods. Altogether, Cork is a magical town.

ACET School was easy to find right in the city centre. My host my family showed the way on the first morning. I am grateful for the hospitality of my host family and for what they have taught me. I hope to contact and meet them again when I come back to visit Cork with my family.

Being back in a school room again made me nervous but everyone in the room actually wanted to be there and learn. That was the difference!

In ACET we have to speak English all of the time. At the break time, in the corridors and in the coffee room – everywhere!! That was the best thing about the faculty. The teachers and staff were patient listeners.

Cork offers many beautiful places to visit. I took so many pictures. There are museums, theatres, churches and endless magical places to visit – if you have the time of course! I saw Blarney Castle, the town of Cobh and the former prison Cork Gaol. I played on the golf courses with my host father.

The nightlife is very different to Barcelona because here the concept of disco is just music bars and the party ends at 2am. I’m from Barcelona and I’m used to partying. The nightlife is different in Cork but also in a good way!

Check out my YouTube channel to see my videos of my Cork adventures!!



A day in the life of a Student!

ACET presents


Over the next few weeks we will share some of our students’ experiences to our online followers.

A number of our students will recount some happy memories they have had while studying here at ACET in Cork.

Adriana Acedo MonteAdriana

My name is Adriana. I’m 21 years old. I’m from Barcelona in Spain. This is my first trip abroad alone. I flew from Barcelona on October 22nd. The journey lasted three hours. When I arrived to Dublin I was surprised to see the sun shining!

I took a bus to Cork where John my host father met me. My host family is welcoming and friendly and I always speak in English in the house. Cork is a small beautiful city and has many places to see and visit. The people of Cork are very friendly and have and an interesting accent!

My daily routine is to get up in the morning and go to school. I love studying at ACET. It is a very friendly atmosphere. My teachers are patient and friendly. Each afternoon after class is finished I work in the office at the school on administrative work experience. Afterwards I usually meet other ACET students around the city and later I go home to my host family for dinner.

During the weekends my friends and I visited the neighboring towns of Kinsale, Cobh and Blarney. We kissed the Blarney Stone and rang the Shandon Bells which are very famous in Cork! We walked to the University campus at UCC and relaxed at Fitzgerald’s Park. Ireland is so beautiful and green!

I really recommend studying at ACET in Cork. It has been a wonderful experience and I think that I have made a great decision! 



ACET Idiom of the Week!

Water off a duck’s back

This expression means that you can insult or criticise someone but it doesn’t affect them in the slightest.


 Ducks have oily feathers and water can’t get through them, so water runs off their backs.  In the same way, some people don’t allow criticism to get at them and upset them. Instead they leave it go like ‘water off a duck’s back’.

 duck 2Examples:-

  1. The newspaper wrote terrible things about John but it rolled off him like water off a duck’s back.
  2. Susan critisised Tom’s play so much that it really hurt the actors. But to Tom it was like water off a duck’s back.

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