Before moving to Hawaii, I had been immersing myself with English daily basis, mainly by listening to audio programs. They were very helpful in two ways. One was that I could immerse myself whenever and wherever I was. Thanks to ipod! The other was that I could shut out unnecessary information from environment outside to some extent. Most information out there can be just distractions. I just needed to focus on my journey so to speak without being distracted by environment.
Not only taking the business course in Hawaii, I challenged myself by taking daily Yoga class too. Yoga was something I had been doing for five years at this point and I wanted to experience more advanced practice. Thanks to the Internet, I found a great Yoga studio in Honolulu area.
To participate the yoga classes, I needed a car. Instead of renting a car, I decided to buy a car in Hawaii for my four months stay. It was much easier to rent a car but I wanted to do something challenging, something I had never done before. I found something called Craigslist, where people could buy and sell such like a second-hand car. I contacted a guy who were selling Toyota Corolla for $2500 on the list and we made a deal. Now I was the owner of the car.
My daily life was like this: I would get up at 5:00 everyday except Saturday and make my lunch box, then drive to the Yoga studio located in Honolulu. Then after the Yoga session, I would drive back to Hawaii Kai, where the business school was located. I also did my business there.
End of the four months, I sold my car for $1700 by using Craigslist again. It was fun to do this kind of thing because it was challenging. Everything I did for this four months was valuable for me.
How much was my English improved? It got much better for sure and I was happy. But I was very much frustrated at the same time. Because my goal was so high that my English progress looked so slow.