By Tijemn Bormans, The Netherlands
Zhan Boxuan, Macau,China
Interview by Eri Yamashita, JAPAN
Personal Interview with Elsa Abergel
By Jessica Fruehbrodt, Germany
- Where are you from and how does your hometown/-city look like?
I’m from Belgium in Antwerp. It is a pretty small city but really nice.
- When you compare it with Santa Barbara, CA do you think your hometown is similar to this city? Where are the differences?
My home city is really different compared to Santa Barbara. The city where I come from is a lot bigger than SB. Our downtown is much bigger than State Street and Paseo Nuevo.
- Do you have siblings? Do you already miss your family?
Yes I have one brother and one sister. I’m the middle one. Yes I miss them but I’m already excited to see them soon because I’m going back to Belgium to spend the holidays with them.
- Have you ever been to the USA before? And where have you been exactly when you answer that with ‘yes’?
Yeah I’ve been here for a few times. I’ve visited Washington, Miami, Philadelphia, and right now I’m enjoying my life here in California.
- Are there any other cities or state that you want to visit while you’re here in Santa Barbara?
I definitely want to see Las Vegas. That will be my last trip here in California because I’ve already been to San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Unusual, open-ended Questions
- What would be your first reaction if a shark attacks you while you’re surfing?
I would get a heart attack because I’m really afraid of sharks. That’s also the reason why I don’t go into the water at all.
- You’re going to transfer to Boston soon. Why did you choose this city? Aren’t you afraid of the cold?
I choose this city because it is the biggest EF school in the United States of America and also because my best friend goes to university there. I’m not afraid of the cold because I’m used to it because it is also really cold in my home city.
- What was your most awkward situation ever?
When I was in the plane I was talking about a girl sitting next to me and I said to my friend that I’m sitting next to the ugliest person ever. I didn’t realize that she also spoke French and understood me.
- When you could decide where would you like to spend the rest of your life where would that be?
I would move to London, England.
- When you would be stranded on a lonely island. With whom would you want to be with?
I would want to be there with my best friend.
By Camilla M. Frederiksen, Greenland
I Have interviewed Clara Wagner, Clara is 21 and she’s from France.
She have finished university in France, she studied marketing at the university.
Her plan is to study business after she finishes, her school year here in Santa Barbara EF.
Clara’s favorite cake is fruit cake and her favorite sports game is volleyball.
If she has to choose three tings to bring to an Ireland, she would take her pillow, phone and her best friend with her.
If Clara’s house starts burning and she had 60 seconds to take what she can take, she would take her pictures because the pictures are memories for her, passport, wallet and her grandfathers ring that mean a lot to her.
And for the last, the country she want to visit next time she travels is Thailand.
What is your name?
My name is Faye Van Buren.
How old are you?
I am 17 years old.
Where are you from?
I am from the Netherlands.
What languages do you speak?
I speak Dutch and English.
What made you decide on going to Santa Barbara?
My mom had been here and she told me it was very beautiful and a good sized city. And I wanted to go somewhere warm.
What is your favorite thing to do in the States?
My favorite thing to do in the States is to go out and eat, especially pizza. I also enjoy travelling and visit different places.
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
What would you do if you won $1 million?
I would buy a house in Spain, and all different kinds of stuff that I want.
What are your life goals?
I want to find something that I want to study that I would enjoy working with. Then I would like to start a family.
By Carolina Magnusson, Sweden
By Maria Paula Volker, from Argentina.
Have you ever thought in make a time for you in the day to relax, to think about you? Just imagine what things would you like to do in this time and imagine how would you feel after doing this. It is amazing believe that with a simple time we can feel really harmonized.
The greatest of people spend of lot of their time living on the run, trying to get on time all the activities, work, home and satisfy others but hardly ever make time to be alone and do the things that we indeed enjoy.
The first thing that you have to do, is to book in you schedule a time during the day and think the place where you would like to go and the things that you would like to be doing, regardless of what timetables of the gym or any sport. I consider that, although , this is something that improve the health and that it cause welfare state but make a time for you to doing nothing you feel good the mind and spirit.
Then you only have to relax and enjoy the moment and have on hand something to write about the things, wishes and projects that came to mind.
It seems to me that all people should make time for themselves because I think that this way, you get to know yourself and will have a more clear mind to continue your routine, make good decisions and love yourself.
By Maria Paula Volker, Agentina
Jana is 19 years old. She is from Swizerland and lives with her family, but in this moment she is staying in Santa Barbara because she loves studying English.
Her family consists of her sister Lena and her parents Martin and Tatjana.
She has got a nice cat called Vanessa.
She is in secondary school and her favorite subject is Art.
She would like to be an Actress.
She speaks German, a bit French and English.
Her favorite food is the pizza.
She enjoys going shopping and the best shop for her is Brandy Melville.
She doesn’t have preference with any film but she likes funny movies.
She doesn’t have a boyfriend but I think that soon she will have one.
She would like to know the city Los Angeles.
She told me that in her city there aren’t a lot of interesting places to visit but if I went there, I could go to the disco and go shopping.
I think that Jana is a very funny girl!
By Maria Paula Volker, Argentina.
Mélodie is 16 years old, she is from Canada and lives with her family but in this moment she is staying in Santa Barbara, because she studying English and want to improve her speaking.
She has got 2 sisters called Olivia and Marika and she gets along very good with them but sometimes she wants to kill them!
Her parents are called Marcel and Lyne.
Melodie goes to the secondary school and her favorite subject is Art, she is very creative.
She is planning to study Lawyer when the secondary school ends. It seems to have nothing to do with Art but really to defend a person is required to be very creative and capable to resolve a problem and reach an agreement with the other lawyer and to convince the judge.
She dreams of going to the Bahamas, she loves the beach, lying on the beach and knowing places. In her city there isn’t a beach and it’s very cold, also there aren’t many things to do, only the Stade Olympique.
She likes playing tennis and she loves going to the shop, and her favorite is H&M.
She loves to eat Sushi and her favorite movie is Harry Potter.
She can speak French and a bit Spanish.
She told me that she doesn’t have a boyfriend but I don’t believe that…
I think that Melodie is a fantastic Missy!
Melodie Sanscartier, Canada
Interviewing Jana and Paula
- Where are you from and how long are you staying?
J: She lives in Switzerland with her family. She is staying here for 5 weeks.
P: She lives in Argentina in a flat by herself. She is staying here for 3 weeks.
- Do you have pets? If yes what is his name?
J: She has a cat name Vanessa
P: No she doesn’t have pets
- How old are you?
J: She is 16 years old
P: She is 33 years old
- What is your favorite country that you want to visit?
J: The place she would want to visit would be Los Angeles
P: The places she would want to visit would be Germany and Peru to see the Machu Pichu
- What language do you speak?
J: She speaks German (native language), English and a little bit of French
P: She speaks Spanish (native language), English and German
- Do you have any brothers or sisters?
J: She has one sister name Lina
P: She has one sister and one brother whose names are Marcela and Mathias
- Where do you live in Santa Barbara?
J: She lives in a residence name Tropicana
P: She lives in a flat at the residence
- What is your favorite movie or kind of movie?
J: She doesn’t like horror movie, but almost everything else like the Harry Potter series
P: She likes comics’ movies but nothing in particular
- What is your favorite shop?
J: Her favorite shop is Brandy Melville
P: Her favorite shop is Unicenter
- Do you play any sports? If yes what?
J: She doesn’t play sports right now but she used to play volleyball
P: She doesn’t play sport but she likes rollers and she also likes to exercise