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Hallo Student Spotlight: Susan | The Power of Perspective

Meet Susan

Though originally from Indonesia, Susan has lived in Singapore for the last five years working to support her family. Being away from her loved ones is a tough situation, but her relentless effort and positive attitude keep her going. 

“Life is not like I planned. I am here to support my family, and I’m trying to build confidence.” 

In response to whether she likes Singapore, Susan says, “It’s not really about liking it or not. It is all about choice.” 

The choice to be positive, the choice to work hard, the choice to get up each day and make the most of it . . .

Susan knows that the power of perspective is greater than the power of circumstance.


Behind the Scenes

Susan has a passion for reading books. She finds reading to be an effective tool for seeking inspiration that can strengthen her during trying circumstances. 

“I’m the only one who can change my life. . . . There are people who love and support me, but I’m the one who decides.” 

One of those supporters is Susan’s mother: “She is the person who always believes in me no matter what I choose.” 

Choosing to Learn English

People in Indonesia speak Bahasa, not English. When Susan moved to Singapore, her English speaking abilities were quite basic. She often felt discouraged when people communicated with her in English yet she failed knowing how to respond. In moments like these, she wanted to stand up for herself but didn’t know how.

So she decided to go all in. Susan committed to learning English and started her journey with a book and a newspaper. With practice and dedication, she can now carry on a conversation. Susan worked hard to communicate with those around her, but a task once heavy and difficult is now achievable and fulfilling!

Why Hallo?

Susan loves Hallo because it gives her the opportunity to connect with people of different backgrounds and lifestyles. She finds herself often motivated by someone else’s story, which is a notable lesson for us all.

Despite her introverted tendencies, Susan’s job as a domestic helper requires her to stay inside nearly all day. Human interaction can be scarce. Thus, being able to chat with her fellow Halloers means much more to Susan than just learning English. 

Susan mentions that many people in Singapore are bilingual with unique accents, and they can often be challenging to understand.

But in regard to English, Susan exclaims, “I love listening to native speakers—they are very clear. Listening to them has really helped me . . . improve my speaking skills.” 

Susan also wants to compliment many Hallo teachers who have “great smiles!” They make learning enjoyable, not just requirable.

Looking Forward

Susan has noteworthy dreams and a resolute mindset on ensuring they come to pass. For instance, Susan wants to finish her education at a college/university and then start her own business. 

Given that English dominates the internet and social media, Susan believes that learning the language is pivotal to her success as a business owner. 

Her long-term goal is to run a non-profit organization that provides English learning opportunities for children. The language has opened up remarkable doors for her socially and economically, so why not share those privileges with others? And why not start young?

Though this is her vision, Susan knows that before she can “stand up for other people,” she has to “stand up for [herself].” We join in Susan’s wish for her to return home—the place where she feels comfortable. But until then, and even after that time, Susan can rely on her Hallo family! 

We’re grateful to have Susan’s presence and participation in the Hallo community. She is optimistic and invigorating, a motivating example to everyone.

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Suggested Topics for Products & Technology


  1. Showcasing Incredible Apps to Learn Foreign Languages
  2. Comparing & contrasting different foreign language apps based on functions
  3. How to Become Bilingual: Stories & Best Practices
  4. How to Become Multilingual: Stories & Best Practices
  5. Deciding on a language career outside of the industry
  6. Teaching Free English for Service online
  7. How to experience life abroad – at home
  8. Barriers to integrating technology in the classroom & how to overcome
  9. Free resources for teachers now teaching online due to COVID
  10. Integrating education technology in K-12 schools
  11. Integrating education technology in university & graduate programs
  12. Most Innovative Language Technology and Products when you don’t know the language
  13. Building community on a language learning app (as a business)
  14. Building community on a language learning app (as an influencer/teacher)
  15. How to host an online event (InEvent present)

Suggested Topics for Research


  1. The Pros and Cons of Online Learning
  2. The Pros and Cons of In-Class learning
  3. The relationship between technology and success in the classroom 
  4. How has the language learning industry changed throughout history
  5. Current growth trends in the education technology industry
  6. Current growth trends in the classic institutional education industry
  7. Presentation of 3 top TESOL Student Theses
  8. Discussion: Biggest flaws & opportunities in the language learning industry
  9. Discussion: Ways to improve classic educational system
  10. Comparing language learning programs & outcomes around the world
  11. International wealth & quality of life outcomes based on ESL acquisition
  12. Best careers in the language learning industry based on growth and salary
  13. Discussion: Which language learning educational systems need the most help & how to help
  14. In-Conference Research: Best methods for learning languages. Polling & Discussion
  15. Case study: reshaping policies in the institution to improve learning
  16. Language learning outcomes based on age
  17. Understanding and overcoming misconceptions about the difficulties of language learning
  18. Best curriculums based on short and long-term outcomes

Suggested Topics for Professional Development


  1. Linguistic Major Career Paths – Panel and Q&A
  2. Hallo Teaching Demonstration
  3. Hallo Teaching Practice
  4. Linguistic Major Career Paths – Presented by Professionals in their fields
  5. Linguistic Major Career Paths – Panel and Q&A
  6. Getting certified as an ESL Teacher (how to)
  7. Transitioning careers as a professional in the language learning industry
  8. Improving communication in your University Department
  9. Internship Opportunities & Tips for Finding a Student Internship 
  10. Find Your Students Internships
  11. Incorporating language learning apps into your curriculum
  12. Inside look at the life of Language Interpreters
  13. Inside look at the life of Forensic Linguists
  14. Inside look at the life of ASL Translators
  15. Inside look at the life of Computational linguists in the tech industry
  16. Inside look at the life of Speech Language Pathologists
  17. Inside look at the life of Content Developers
  18. Inside look at the life of International Business Workers
  19. Inside look at the life of Language Professors
  20. Interview Skills & What Interviewers Are Looking For – Panel
  21. Interview Skills & What Interviewers Are Looking For – Demonstrations & Practice
  22. How to Create the Best Resume
  23. Pros and Cons to getting certified online
  24. Developing personal brand (as a teacher, influencer, student, etc.)
  25. Tips for choosing a career
  26. How to transition to online teaching

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