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ELC Santa Barbara Student Spotlight: Mauro Sparla May 31st, 2016
Where are you from? Tell us a little about yourself…

My parents are from Italy, I was born in Switzerland. I live in the German part of Switzerland. I speak Italian, German, and understand a little bit of Spanish. I work for a big furniture store in Switzerland in their accounting department. I control all of the prices for the furniture and make sure that clients get the correct delivery.

What are your hobbies?

I like to go to the gym, go jogging, and listen to music. I like to hang out with friends.

Did you experience culture shock when you came to the USA?

My first time in Los Angeles Airport I was not surprised because all airports are the same. When I was in the car on the freeway I was so surprised because it was so big and in Switzerland the freeways aren’t like that. But I found that there aren’t too many differences. You can find a beach, bus, public transportation, shops, and restaurants in most cities. There are lots of fast food restaurants here. I can eat quickly and go. In a restaurant everything is quick but in Switzerland its slower and more relaxed.

What do you miss about your country?

I miss the food.  miss Italian pasta and sauce. I miss work but only a little bit. I miss my friends, family and my car!

Why did you choose Santa Barbara?

My friend went to ELC Santa barbara for 5 months and said its a good school in a nice city. She had a good experience. I thought I should try it and make my own good experience.

What do you like about ELC?

I like teachers, staff and the students. I like that the teachers are so friendly. I like that every 4 weeks teachers and classes change.

What advice would give to prospective students?

Take English classes in your country first. Bring a good attitude, be happy, and make the most of your time here. Don’t focus on what you miss back home!

Mauro Sparla