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ELC Santa Barbara Student Spotlight – Alain Moreillon! October 26th, 2016

Alain is from Stocken-Höfen, Switzerland and has been with us for ten weeks, and sadly, this week is his last here at ELC. You can often find Alain playing a rousing game of ping pong with one of our teachers, Michael Steady, or exploring the town with friends. He storms the field for soccer, and leads the charge to the beach. The staff here at ELC will miss his sassy persona and his interesting stories! Read on to learn more about Alain!

Is this your first time in the US?

Absolutely, yes! I have been hoping to come for a while.

What were you surprised to learn about the US or Santa Barbara? Did you experience culture shock?

I was surprised that the people were so friendly and open minded here! Europe depicts Americans as crazy, but you’re all actually pretty nice! I was happily surprised when I smiled at people on the street, they would smile back.

What do you miss about your country?

I miss the bread! The bread here does not have as good of a taste or texture as it does in Switzerland. That is the only thing I miss though, which is nice!

What do you do for fun?

I like to play ping pong, go to the beach, and hang out with friends. Santa Barbara has so many fun options, it is hard to be bored here! I love when we have the ping pong tournaments so I can face my friends!

What are your hobbies?

I play piano, watch and play sports like soccer and watch Netflix (well, we don’t have Netflix in Switzerland, but we have something similar)!

Do you have any tips for people who want to learn English?

My tips for people who want to learn English are: don’t be shy and try to speak English often , even with your friends who speak the same language as you. Don’t be afraid to speak with mistakes, because it shows you are at least trying!  Don’t be afraid to try, even if it doesn’t feel right, because that is why we are here. Practice English often!

What is your favorite place in Santa Barbara?

West beach is really nice! I also love downtown, because it has so much to offer, like Paseo Nuevo, which is really cute.

What are your favorite moments in class at ELC?

When my friends joke around with me. I also love the atmosphere in class, which is easy and relaxed. We had so much fun with the teachers, who made every class enjoyable! I also loved playing ping pong with Michael Steady.

What are your plans after ELC?

I have to go back to work on Monday! I am a mechanical engineer for a government-based company in Switzerland. I do engine maintenance on tanks and other property of the Army and other organizations in Switzerland.

student spotlight alain moreillon

student spotlight alain moreillon

student spotlight alain moreillon