After Ana Raya’s return from New York, we interviewed her to find out about her trip, and what the best parts were. He’s what she said:
Megan: First of all, welcome back! How was your trip?
Ana: It was exciting and amazing. I have experienced all types of feelings.
Megan: Why were you in New York?
Ana: It was due to a project, done by the Comunidad de Madrid, called Global Classroooms. Ten people were selected by the Comunidad de Madrid to go to New York.
Megan: What did you do there?
Ana: I defended the position of the country I represented, Myanmar. I needed to search information about that country and then find a solution to solve the problem.
Megan: How long were your there?
Ana: I was in New York for 7 days.
Megan: Did you visit any special monuments or buildings?
Ana: I visited the Empire State Building, Grand Central Station, The Rockefeller Building, FAOS, Apple, The New York Library, Times Square, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the SoHo District.
Megan: What did you do in relation to Global Classrooms?
Ana: I went to the UN for open and closing ceremonies. I debated there for two days with 144 countries from all over the world about how the problems of the countries could be solved.
Megan: Were you nervous when you were involved in Global Classrooms? What did you learn from the experience?
Ana: I was a bit nervous because people were older than me and they had a very good level of English. I have learned that it doesn’t matter what you age is or your English level. What matters is that you do your best.
Megan: What was the best part of the trip?
Ana: The students who were on the trip with me. They were all very kind and we shared a lot of experiences.
Megan: What was the worst part of the trip?
Ana: The worst part was walking. We walked throughout the trip but it is the best way to see the city.
Megan: If you had to do it all over again, what would you do differently?
Ana: I would trust myself more and I would show all that I know. I wouldn’t be shy.
Megan: Are you happy to be home?
Ana: On one hand, I’m not happy because I had a great time there, but on the other hand, I feel comfortable here with my family and friends.
Megan: What advice would you give to students who want to participate in Global Classrooms and go to New York?
Ana: I would tell them that they need to trust themselves, share information and learn from others. Being able to cooperate is the most important thing. Be themselves and do their best.
Megan: Anything else you would like to add?
Ana: I would like to thank my teachers and my family for supporting me through this whole experience and for giving me this opportunity.