Day Five of Travel Week
Students woke up well rested after a relaxing night at their hotel in San Francisco. The group had a busy day with a personal guided tour at Stanford University, a trip to the Golden Gate bridge, an evening at the famous Fisherman’s Wharf, and ending the night with the SEI 2017 farewell party. In addition, the weather in San Francisco was amazing – 21 degrees Celsius and sunny with a light ocean breeze.
Located between San Francisco and San Jose, Stanford University is in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley and is one of the world’s leading teaching and research universities. Since its opening in 1891, Stanford has been known as a highly-esteemed research institution, dedicated to finding solutions to big challenges and to preparing students for leadership in a complex world. The school is also known for its entrepreneurial character and its relationship to Silicon Valley. Areas of excellence range from the humanities to social sciences to engineering to technology and business. Stanford is located in one of the most intellectually dynamic and culturally diverse areas of the United States. The school currently houses 8,405 undergraduate students and 7,931 graduate students. Additionally, their acceptance rate is the lowest in the United States among prominent colleges and universities, coming in at 4.8 percent in 2016. Approximately 10% of international students from more than 60 countries currently attend Stanford University. SEI students enjoyed an RTA led full campus tour, complete with Stanford trivia. No matter their age or academic level, students enjoyed learning about one of the most prestigious universities in the United States.
Golden Gate Bridge
The Golden Gate Bridge is an iconic, must-see, landmark in San Francisco. The famous suspension bridge spans over 1,280 meters across the 4.8 kilometer Golden Gate strait, between the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. SEI students had a chance to walk out onto the bridge, take many pictures, enjoy the ocean breeze and soak in the beautiful California views.
Fisherman’s Wharf is a neighborhood and popular tourist attraction in San Francisco, California. It roughly encompasses the northern waterfront area of San Francisco and is one of the busiest and well known tourist attractions in the western United States. Fisherman’s Wharf is best known for being the location of Pier 39, the Cannery Shopping Center, Ghirardelli Square, a Ripley’s Believe it or Not museum and the San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park. Additionally, the area offers a variety of seafood restaurants right on the water. SEI students enjoyed trying real seafood at coastal themed restaurants and exploring the seafarer themed shops.
SEI Farewell Party
Mixed emotions filled the room at the SEI farewell party as many students prepared to say goodbye to their friends. As a way to wrap-up SEI 2017 and the West Coast Travel Week, the staff hosted an SEI open-mic session to give students a chance to share about their SEI experience. Many students shared funny stories and favorite memories, others commended RTAs and staff members for their impact on their lives, and some shared how SEI has changed the direction of their life and plans for the future. This was a beautiful time for staff and students to encourage one another and truly reflect on these last few amazing weeks. 37 students and 13 staff members will leave early in the morning to embark on their East Coast Travel Week to Boston and NYC.
在SEI的告别晚会上，同学们都充满了五味杂陈的心情。SEI工作人员主持了一个开放的“麦克风会议”，让学生有机会分享他们在SEI的体验，以此结束SEI 2017和西海岸旅行周的时光。有些学生讲述了有趣的故事，难忘的记忆，另一些同学表达了他们对SEI员工的感激之情，更有一些同学分享了RTA和SEI老师们是如何在短短几星期时间里对他们的人生轨迹做出正确的指引的 。也正是这些互相的勉励，真真切切地反映了过去几周老师和同学们共度时光的美好。37名学生和13名工作人员即将在第二天清晨离开酒店，踏上他们波士顿和纽约的美国东岸之旅。
SEI Staff Highlight: RTA, Mr. Andrew Carson
SEI员工聚光灯：RTA Andrew Carson先生
Returning RTA – Mr. Carson – is a proud member of the yellow team and has enjoyed working as an RTA again this year. He attends College of the Ozarks, which is located in the heart of the Midwest and is majoring in business and public speaking. He enjoys socializing, sports, and telling stories. He has three older sisters, one of which is also working at SEI. Someday he wants to go scuba diving, visit bora bora, and take on the world record for eating the most sushi in one meal. Mr. Carson has enjoyed watching the SEI students improve their English and become more familiar with and adaptable to American culture.
Fun Fact: Mr. Carson loves to go swing dancing.