Personal Interview

David Elba possesses a British citizenship. He comes from the Northern part of England between Forth-Clyde and Tyne-Solway. He hails from a small town known as Manchester. Elba proclaims a fondness of his first name, David, as to him it signifies that he shall be a great man in futuristic terms. Presently, his pride for his age abounds, 26 years, a number he gives quite so confidently as if to show his joy for life. Elba has boldness, confidence and open-mindedness that is quite evident. Our interview session took place in the campus grounds. Elba belongs to a group of students who join our university for the exchange program from England towards enhancing good performances and cultural impartiality within the learning setting. Elba strongly declares his love for sports, specifically rugby and table tennis.

From his expression, Elba has pride in his origin and the country in which he was born and raised as he cheerfully answers all the questions that I advance to him. Clad in a black suit, a white shirt and a red tie with a clip that says ‘Long Live the Queen’, he carefully gives me the details of his journey from England to America, describing it as one full of surprises as he had not been away from England at any preceding instance. He informs me of the various stops his flight made at different airports, how tiring the journey was, and how glad he had been in arriving safely. Next, Elba indulges me in England’s education system and carefully identifies the differences with American system owing to his interaction.

Some of the differences he highlights are in the approaches of conducting classes, and the movements from one class to another. Elba notes that the education system in England involves longer class hours than the American system. He also observes that a learner qualifies to proceed to the next class by merit and not because they clear the coverage for the previous class in terms of duration and content like it happens in America. Elba also identifies the learning sector as a system that the government accords keen focus on, as it values the importance for growth and future of the country and in the eradication of poverty. He holds the position that elementary education, in terms of primary and high school education remains free in England. Elba also states how the teachers in his native nation receive training to mould children to become competent in all fields.

The education system in England receives recognition as one of the best but also as one of the hardest in the world. Students take assessment exams after the primary and secondary stages of education respectively and certificates that qualify a person for university entry are awarded. Private and public institutions alike are quite competent in educating graduates from lower learning institutions. However, public institutions are cheaper than the private ones as the government funds them. Moreover, private institutions offer better facilities and learning and have more chances for job placement than the public ones. All this I learn from him.

Elba mentions that he comes from a family of nine. He has four older brothers, one younger brother and a younger sister. He also mentions that most families in England are much smaller yet because of his father’s fondness for children, he has a large household. Elba states that the family structure holds much value in England and that ties between nuclear and extended settings are very strong on both sides. He also mentions that his naming accrues from his paternal side, specifically his oldest uncle, as is the custom of their given tribe. Although moving from his home was very painful, he believes that it was worth the trouble.

The biggest thing he misses in England has to be their large ranch with several houses built for collective associations. Elba mentions that he comes from a family of Christians since this religion dominates in the country with the others being minority groups. Elba enjoys food conversations as his favorite pastime and telling from his build, he really loves to eat. He mentions that holidays in England go hand in hand with the cold and merrymaking that as institutions conform to deal with the same. Holidays also come with giving to the underprivileged, less fortunate, and generally the poor. Elba loves his home and his pride for England and the football culture is quite eminent. In fact, he seems that he can talk a lot about it if the time would allow.

In conclusion, I learn from the interview that there are unique and diverse cultures in the world. On the street, people seem alike but one never knows the other until they sit down to have a chat. Moreover, most people take pride in their cultures. They are proud of who they are, where they come from, their families and how they were brought up. I also learn that one would put up in any society as long as they learn to acclimatize themselves to what is done wherever they go.

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