Travel Week Day One
The first day of travel week was thrilling and exciting – setting the tone for the rest of the week. Students traveled to either Six Flags Magic Mountain or Fashion Island shopping center. The SEI staff enjoyed watching the students practice their English, as they made purchases and talked to other park attendees.
Six Flags Magic Mountain
“I really liked Magic Mountain because some of the roller coasters are the best in the world. When I was on some of the the rides, it was really scary, but after I got off I thought ‘Wow! That was fantastic” – SEI student, Leon Feng. Six Flags Magic Mountain holds the world record for having the most roller coasters in one park, offering 19 high-thrill coasters. The energy at the park was high, as many students embarked on their first roller coaster experience. The students were very excited to visit one of the top amusement parks in the United States. Many students braved the twists and turns of X2, the only four dimensional roller coaster in the nation. Additionally, a handful of students accepted the challenge to ride, Goliath – a gigantic coaster with a 78-meter free fall.
At Fashion Island, students had the opportunity to shop in over 175 popular American stores and eat at a grandiose food court, offering over 45 restaurant options. The shopping center has both indoor and outdoor stores, allowing the students to enjoy both the California warmth and an air-conditioned environment. SEI student, Tania Sutardji, commented on her time at Fashion Island, “The mall is huge and the environment is clean. The service is also good, and I really liked shopping with my friends”.
Question of the day: What was your favorite ride at Six Flags Magic Mountain?
STAFF SPOTLIGHT: RTA, Michelle Awad
Michelle is a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign. She is studying Education Policy and Arabic. She has a lot of experience working with students from all over the world. In fact, right before SEI she worked at an international school in Cairo, Egypt! She loves playing the guitar, running, and cooking. Her parents and two sisters live in Chicago along with her dog, Marley. Michelle is very passionate about making students know that they are loved.