Day Three of Travel Week
For the third day of travel week, students and staff loaded up the busses and headed south to visit the San Diego Zoo (the best zoo in America). After the zoo, the group checked into their beach hotel in La Jolla, California and then headed to the Westfield University Town Center for dinner and shopping. Students enjoyed the mix of both indoor and outdoor activities and are enjoying practicing their English in a public setting.
San Diego Zoo
The famous San Diego Zoo houses more than 3,700 animals and is home to more than 650 different species and subspecies. The 100-acre zoo is the largest zoo in the United States and welcomes over five million guests each year. Both staff and students thoroughly enjoyed watching the animals play and visiting a variety of interactive exhibits. Students also received tickets to an optional guided bus tour around the zoo and the aerial skyline tram above the park. The zoo’s clearly marked exhibits taught SEI students about the history of each animal, shared valuable facts, and brought awareness to every endangered species. One of the most exciting aspects of the zoo is the nationally recognized panda exhibit, the only one in the United States! SEI student, Jenny Liu, commented on her experience at the zoo: “The zoo was great and amazing! There were so many kinds of cute animals. My favorite animal was the firebird with a very pink body.
Upon leaving the San Diego Zoo, the staff and students stopped at the Westfield University Town Center near the University of California San Diego for some dinner and shopping! The indoor/outdoor mall has over 150 different stores, giving students a chance to shop for both American and international brands. Many students purchased gifts for family members back home and enjoyed a nice dinner with their friends.
SEI Staff Highlight: RTA, Ms. Yijia Liu
SEI员工聚光灯：RTA Liu, Yijia
Blue team RTA, Yijia Liu is delighted to be able to work at SEI this year. She recently graduated from the University of Riverside, California with a B.A. in Liberal Studies and hopes to someday teach English in many countries outside the U.S. Ms. Liu loves serving others; she currently serves in Alta Loma Community as a worship leader, youth leader, and Sunday school teacher and is a volunteer in the library bookstore of her local community. She loves being around children, traveling to unique places, reading interesting books, and listening to music. Her favorite parts of SEI include getting to know the students and being able to see them grow.
蓝队的RTA Liu, Yijia今年很荣幸能到SEI工作。近期她刚从加州的河滨大学拿到文学研究学士，并希望在不久的将来到许多其他国家教英文。刘小姐忠于服侍他人，她目前是阿尔塔洛马区一教会的崇拜带领人、青年团契领导及主日学老师。她还在当地的社区图书馆志愿。她喜欢和小孩子们在一起玩耍、去奇特的地方旅行、读趣味书，以及听音乐。在SEI,她最喜欢的部分就是了解学生，看着他们成长。
Fun Fact: She was born in Xi’an, China but immigrated to the U.S. when she was 5 years old.