Valentine's Day

Millions of heart-shaped objects of all sizes will be presented on Valentine's Day, all around the world. On this date known for romance, Americans spend an average 18 billion dollarson candy, cards, chocolates, flowers and jewelry! A huge sum, is not it? The perfect gift will be a vacation (for this vote 27%) and the most unpopular gift - movie tickets (1%). But it's "dry statistics". To me this day is about LOVE and showing our loved ones just how much they mean to us. 

Love is the most wonderful thing in our lives. It's what differentiates people from other life forms. It’s difficult to give a precise definition of this feeling but on the basic level, love makes you feel happy, complete, full of joy, and motivates to be better than you are. This is more important than material objects. Without love life is meaningless. It becomes empty and boring. Love gives you power and support even when nobody else does. Love just IS.

- Tatiana



December 2016

Christmas mood

As soon as I start thinking about Christmas, the words of Christmas carols come to my mind: "Deck the halls with boughs of holly, fa la la la la, la la la la. ‘Tis the season to be jolly, fa la la la la, la la la la..." I hope you are smiling now and feeling the Christmas spirit.
There is nothing better than waiting for Christmas: buying a tree, busting out the holiday decorations, feverishly shopping for gifts, and why not a warm blanket with a hot tea? It makes frosty evenings so cozy. The snow sparkles at night and everything looks dazzling and magical outside.

Certainly, each of us has our own traditions of celebrating Christmas but we can all feel that Christmas magic. At this time of year every grownup can, for a little while, become a child again, who waits with bated breath for a miracle.

Christmas is forever, not for just one day,
for loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away
like bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf.
The good you do for others is good you do yourself.
- Norman Wesley Brooks, "Let every day be Christmas"

Whatever your faith, may the spirit of giving touch your heart. 
May your days be Merry and Bright!



Thanksgiving Day

Each year Americans celebrate Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday in November. This begins the most wonderful time of the year; when it is finally acceptable to turn up the Christmas music and start to think about the winter holidays. On this day, family members gather around the table to give thanks for the harvest and many blessings that have happened during the year. As Thanksgiving is about gratitude, here are several of my reasons to give thanks on this day:

  • I'm thankful for the opportunity life has given me to study English here in the U.S.
  • Thank you for my amazing family, as they encouraged, motivated, and inspired me; asking nothing in return.
  • I know it sounds cliche, but I'm really thankful for my good health.
  • I'm grateful for a school where I am able to make such good friends, who have helped me a lot.
  • I'm thankful for my teachers and the time and effort that they spend with me, and all their support and advice.
  • Not to sound silly but I'm grateful for my mistakes. Every mistake has made me stronger and wiser. They are my life lessons.
  • I'm also thankful for a little things in life that remind me of just how lucky I am.

What are you most grateful for? There is ALWAYS time to give thanks, even if there are many upsetting things going on in your life.

So, as the turkey says, “Gobble! Gobble!

And don't forget to look for blessings every single day!

~ Tatiana Zacon



Halloween 2016

Halloween spirit

I can't believe that Halloween is just around the corner! I spot the mysteries of Halloween everywhere. More and more spooky things have begun appearing on store shelves. People are decorating their houses and yards. On the street you may meet Harry Potter, wizards, skeletons, or ghosts. From all sides sinister jack-o'- lanterns grin. And that is so exciting!

Being new to the USA, I'm surprised how big and important this holiday is for American people. I'm a horror fan and I like everything Halloween is about. Every year our school organizes a Halloween party, and this year will be no exception. So dear students, you can already start to think about how you will come to the party. Costumes for Halloween can be completely different: frightening, cute, attractive and there are prizes in several categories. You can dress up as a vampire, bat, witch, zombie and other evil spirits, or even Sammara from "The Ring". You can be whoever or whatever you want - it's all up to your imagination and creativity. 
Be ready for the holiday - time is definitely running out. 


Happy Halloween Everyone! 
- Tatiana

New Social Media Representative

My name is Tatiana Zacon. I'm from Moldova. I have been in the USA for about a year and a half, and what I like most about this country is the common theme of tolerance. Here you will not be judged by your accent, skin color, or clothing.
I have been studying at IEC since February. I think I am a good humored, very responsible, hard working and emotional person. I like creativity and appreciate this trait in others. As for my interests, I am fond of psychology, particularly in dealing with people and the questions of how to form your thoughts in the most favorable way. I adore traveling, sightseeing, observing new people, their traditions, and getting acquainted with their culture. 

I'm going to be the social media representative for students here at school. I'll be sharing the experiences of IEC's students via articles, interviews, and information about any upcoming events at IEC. I look forward to having you join me on this exciting journey!

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