Economic Impact Story: Kathryn Deepart
In June we posted a blog on the economic impact of learning English. This will be the first blog sharing the story of one of our former students. If you were a student at New America College and have a similar story you would like to share with us, please email Megan Kobzej at email@example.com.
Kathryn (Kate) Deepart came to Colorado from Siberia, Russia. Kate has a psychology degree and in Russia was a sales manager for a jewelry company. A favorite hobby was baking. In the United States she chose to take advantage of the opportunities available to start a small business. Leaning into her love of baking, Kate started an online business called Bread and Loaf. In an interview with Kate this month, we asked about her journey from immigrant to business owner and how New America College was able to help her reach her goal.
How long have you been in the U.S.? What were the biggest challenges for you when you arrived?
I’ve been in the U.S. for five years now. Most challenging was first coming to America. I studied English in Russia but it was British English. The variety of accents in America, especially the Southern accent, made understanding difficult – especially on phone calls! Those were very stressful.
What was your favorite part about being a student at NAC?
I studied English in Russia and came to NAC at a level 5. My favorite part was the communication with teachers. Monique was an excellent teacher with the ability to explain difficult things clearly. The Hispanic culture classes were very helpful, I knew nothing about it and it was helpful to learn.
As your language learning progressed, how did it make a difference for you in your business?
My business had been running for three years at that point. It is an online business and phone calls are much less stressful. I am more confident with small talk. I have no fear now.
Is there anything you think potential students should know about NAC?
I found out about NAC from a friend. The flexible schedule with Fridays off was great since I could work. The opportunity to have extra exercises in English – but fun oriented and not just studying. Potential students should know they need to be involved and not just sit in class. Engage with the people and other cultures. NAC has a strong, helpful and supportive community. The teachers are very helpful.