Part of society​

I have been in Scotland for almost three years. Before I came here, I booked a plane ticket to London because my job agency had told me they had a job for me in Oxford. After a few weeks, they apologised for their mistake and explained it was Scotland that I was going to (three days before my flight). I was so confused because I had never been to the UK before. 

When I arrived in London I didn’t know which direction I should go in - I always have the same problem in city centres – but I met so many kind people who helped me find my way. This was my first impression of the UK. 

When I came to Scotland it was difficult to understand some Scottish people, but after a few weeks I got used to it. I think Scotland became my home when I shared a house with British people. We became friends and then I realised I felt at home. 

During the last three years I have met people from different countries who are my friends. They helped me to understand that the UK can be a homeland for people from all over the world. I am a part of this society. 


Task 1 - true or false

In this first activity, you will read some statements based on Marek’s story.

Task 2 - complete the sentences

In this activity, you will focus on words Marek uses to structure his writing so that it makes sense. You will choose the correct words to complete sentences taken from the story.



  • How does your story of moving to the UK compare to Marek’s?
  • Did you have similar feelings and experiences, or was your story very different?
  • Did you, like Marek, make friends in the UK with people from all over the world?
  • What advice would you give to someone who has just moved to the UK? You could post your responses below.

Why not find out about the experiences of other people who have moved to the UK by looking at some more of the winning stories from the learners’ competition.