SEI 2017 Day 23 Update

Headed to San Francisco

Early this morning, staff and students loaded onto four 50+ passenger charter buses and headed to the great city of San Francisco. After a long and exciting few days of travel week, it was fitting for the students to have a chance to sleep, relax, rest and enjoy the ride. The full day trek across The Golden State was beautiful, offering gorgeous views – unique to California! Because of the length of the trip, the scenery continued to change throughout the journey. Many students appreciated looking at the rolling hills, towering mountains, and stunning California saplings, while others enjoyed watching a variety of American movies to keep them entertained, while on the bus.

Getting Settled

Upon arriving in San Francisco, students checked into their hotel room after eating dinner at a local mall. After settling in, many students took a dip in the hotel pool, watched TV and spent quality time with their roommates. This quality time was very beneficial, as students will begin to part ways in just a few short days. Tomorrow, the group will tour a prestigious American university – Stanford – and visit the Golden Gate Bridge before the final “SEI 2017 Farewell Party”.

Reflections from an SEI Student

“SEI has given me more confidence to speak in English. Coming from a place where my home language is IsiXhosa, and one didn’t have to speak English all the time, SEI has made me confident in speaking it. This opportunity has made me grow in my reading and writing skills of English. Being here has made me a different person than who I was before. It has made me grow and I have personally learned a lot.”

-Zikho Gwengu

SEI Staff Highlight: RTA, Ms. Lydia Sohmer

Ms. Sohmer is the green team middle school girls RTA. She is a student at Wheaton College in Illinois. Recently, she returned from a medical internship in Mexico and plans to go to nursing school upon graduating. She loves being with friends and family, enjoying the outdoors, singing and listening to music, and running in her free time. One of her favorite parts about SEI is the opportunity it gives her to engage with other cultures and develop relationships with individual students.

Fun Fact: Ms. Sohmer is the second oldest of 9 kids!

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