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ELC Boston Student Spotlight: Judith Caldas Reboucas March 4th, 2016

Judith is a Brazilian woman who does it all. She is the mother of three talented sons whose interests span across the music industry, soccer, and filmmaking. Judith raised her sons to pursue their intellectual curiosities while embracing the many beautiful experiences of this diverse world. Judith, of course, is a testament to this ethos. A scholar of economy with more than ten years of industry experience, she left the world of business to pursue her passion for food. Now, a professional chef for the past decade, you can find Judith teaching gastronomy courses to underprivileged communities. We were honored that she took the time to sit down with us to discuss business, life, English, and of course, dessert!

In terms of your experience at ELC, and Boston in general, what do you feel most proud of?

I chose this city because I wanted to learn about Boston’s history. You can find everything here; from restaurants to transportation, even friends. I’ve made so many friends! I love cooking with the Italian students at ELC. This place is very dynamic, friendly, and very competent.

What has been the best activity you participated in and why?

The trip to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. I couldn’t believe that someone purchased much art to store it in one place!! I am an art enthusiast. I also loved going to the Celtics basketball game, it was a show! The people were so happy.

What teacher at ELC made the most impact on you and why?

Robert because he speaks slowly and strong. He makes the class interesting and shakes the class with his questions. Janet also explains things very well. They are both different. Nycholas is also wonderful. He makes things easy to understand. His accent is easy to understand.

Aside from necessities, what is one thing could you not go a day without?

Chocolate, and talking with my friends and family.

What is your favorite English word?

‘Oh my gosh.’

What is your favorite movie?

Any romantic movie.

What is your advice to incoming ELC students?

There are so many people. Some people can be shy or stick to their groups, but they are nice, too. Get out of comfort zone and talk to people! I invited a shy man from Japan to sit down and talk to our group. He was able to meet new people from all over the world.  

What does the future look like for you?

I want to stay still so I can have time to think about myself, about life. I am going to go back to Brazil next week. I am stepping down from managing my catering business, which I am very grateful for. I had the opportunity to grow it to the success it now is.  However, I am thankful and excited to relax.

Judith Boston Student Spotlight