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ELC Los Angeles Student Spotlight – Fernando Brambilla de Mello! September 12th, 2016

Fernando is a returning ELC student from Brazil. He studied computer engineering in Brazil and came back to Los Angeles to continue to improve his English. He’s always laughing inside and outside of the classroom and is a blast to talk to. Why don’t you read a little bit about Fernando’s experience in LA below?

Is this your first time in the US?

No, this is my second time in the United States. My first time in the US was four years ago, in Los Angeles, where I studied at ELC for two months, and I returned to Brazil to graduate in computer engineering.

What were you surprised to learn about the US or LA?

I’m impressed by the USA; the states are independent and have their own laws and rules.

Did you experience culture shock?

No, I did not have any cultural shock because I come from Brazil, where the culture is very similar, so it was very easy to adapt here.

What do you do for fun? What hobbies do you have?

In Los Angeles, I like to go to Venice Beach or Santa Monica to ride bikes. My hobbies are electronics and technology.

What is your favorite phone application?

My favorite app is Instagram.

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

I think the most important thing is not to be ashamed or afraid to make mistakes and talk as much as possible.

What is your favorite place in LA?

My favorite place is Venice Beach because there, at the end of the day, you can have a beer and enjoy the sunset. It is a unique experience.

What is your favorite restaurant in Westwood?

My favorite restaurant is In-N- Out. In my opinion, it serves the best burgers in Westwood.

What is your favorite type of food?

I love every kind of food. I like to discover new tastes, particularly meat and pasta.

What are your favorite moments in class at ELC?

I have been studying at ELC for seven months, and I had many good times. One in particular that I will never forget was a conversation class with Renata. That day, we had a game where we had to go outside and complete some missions, such as taking a picture with a stranger on the street who had a UCLA shirt.

What are your plans after ELC?

My plan is to start attending college in Santa Monica next week, graduate as a computer scientist, get a job in my area, continue to develop my knowledge, and gain new experiences.

Student spotlight Fernando

Student spotlight Fernando