SEI 2017 Day 20 Update

Travel Week Day One

The first day of travel week was both informational and adventurous – setting the tone for the rest of the week. Students traveled to the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and then to the Santa Monica Beach and Pier. The SEI staff enjoyed watching the students practice their English, as they listened to their RTA’s read about famous spots on the UCLA campus during the tour and made purchases while shopping at the beach.

UCLA Tour and History Lesson

Upon arriving at UCLA, the students were taken on a tour by their RTAs. UCLA is a famous campus, often featured in American movies. Additionally, the University is known for having a large international student population (12%) with over 100 countries represented at the school. UCLA is ranked #23 in the nation by the U.S. News & World Report and currently has over 43,000 students. Despite 29,500+ students that attend the university, the school has a 17% acceptance rate and is currently the most applied to university in the nation. After the tour, students ate lunch at the Student Union and shopped in the UCLA campus store.

Santa Monica Beach and Pier

The Santa Monica Beach is a beautiful, lively area with over 5.5 kilometers of stunning coastline. The pier, which extends over 300 meters into the water, is over 100 years old and is a popular landmark for both residents and visitors of the Los Angeles area. The entrance of the pier is very famous and has been featured in many American feature films. Students had plenty of time to soak up the sun at the beach, enjoy amusement park rides on the pier, shop at an assortment of stores and choose from a variety of novelty restaurants. While travel week is full of fun adventures, the students are also continuing to practice their English outside the classroom. It is enjoyable for the staff to observe students interacting with the locals and engaging in conversation with native English speakers.

Staff Highlight: Student Life Directors, Mr. & Mrs. Tranchell

Student Life Directors Caroline and Alessio Tranchell are in their first year working at SEI. With a combined seven years of experience working in student life, the Tranchells bring an adventurous and interpersonal spirit to the SEI team. Having had the privilege of being host parents to nine international students, and both having been raised abroad for much of their youth, they understand and value the benefits of cross-cultural immersion. Currently, Mr. Tranchell serves as a music professor at Crown College while Mrs. Tranchell works in the student life department at the University of Northwestern while she completes her Masters of Education in Youth Development Leadership at the University of Minnesota.

Fun fact: The Tranchells celebrate their anniversary every year by backpacking through a different mountain trail in the US.

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