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Student Spotlight Petra Steffan November 27th, 2017

Petra Steffan is from Switzerland, and had studied for 11 weeks in our Semi-Intensive Plus course in the summer. Petra is an adventurous soul, often found on many of our student activities. She always had a smile on her face, and many students were drawn to her for her kind nature and easygoing personality. 

Is this your first time in the US?

No, my second. Once I was for four days in New York for powershopping. 😉

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

The people are very friendly and open. Santa Barbara feels like a little town.

What do you miss about your country?

I miss Swiss food, family and friends, and green meadows.

What do you do for fun?

I go kayaking and surfing. I visit the cinema, take boat trips and weekend trips to San Diego + Los Angeles, have bonfires on the beach, BBQ with friends, and brunch with friends.

What are your hobbies?

I do yoga, go dancing, read a book, and spend time with friends.

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

Stay with a host family. You will get to know not only the language, but also the culture of a country. Be an open person. Find friends from other countries and speak as much English as you can.

What is your favorite place in Santa Barbara?

The “Paradise Beach” ☺ (Point Castillo) This is my favorite beach and we gave this beach a special name because it is so nice there. But also the courthouse and the pier and the backyard from the Wine Therapy are very beautiful.

What are your favorite moments in class at ELC?

I only have good memories and make just good experience. The discussions with the other students about their cultures – I always found them very interesting.

What are your plans after ELC?

Back to work ☺ back to reality.

Petra Steffan Sunset

Petra Steffan on tour

Petra Steffan on tour

Petra Steffan at dinner table

Petra Steffan on boat