Travel Week Day One
The first day of travel week was both informational and adventurous – setting the tone for the rest of the week. Students traveled to the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and then to the Santa Monica Beach and Pier. The SEI staff enjoyed watching the students practice their English, as they read about famous spots on the UCLA campus during the tour and made purchases while shopping at the beach.
UCLA Tour and History Lesson
Upon arriving at UCLA, the students were taken on a tour by their RTAs. UCLA is a famous campus, often featured in American movies. Additionally, the University is known for having a large international student population (12%) with over 100 countries represented at the school. UCLA is ranked #23 in the nation by the U.S. News & World Report and currently has over 43,000 students. Despite 29,500+ students that attend the university, the school has a 17% acceptance rate and is currently the most applied to university in the nation. After the tour, students ate lunch at the Student Union and shopped in the UCLA campus store.
同学们在RTA的带领下来到了加州大学洛杉矶分校（UCLA），并由RTA细心地导游去认识这所名校。UCLA的校园非常有名气，其中多个场景都出现在电影里。 不仅如此，这所大学有一群庞大的国际生，大约占学校12%的人口，由来自100个不同国家的同学们组成。UCLA被U.S.News和World Report排名列为美国第23名的学校，目前有43，000位学生在此就读。尽管现在有超过29，500个同学上这所大学的本科，但是这个学校的招生比例只占17%，是美国目前为止最热门的大学。在参观了校园，同学们在UCLA的学生中心饱餐一顿后，有机会在学校的书店购物。
Santa Monica Beach and Pier
The Santa Monica Beach is a beautiful, lively area with over 5.5 kilometers of stunning coastline. The pier, which extends over 300 meters into the water, is over 100 years old and is a popular landmark for both residents and visitors of the Los Angeles area. The entrance of the pier is very famous and has been featured in many American feature films. Students had plenty of time to soak up the sun at the beach, enjoy amusement park rides on the pier, shop at an assortment of stores and choose from a variety of novelty restaurants. While travel week is full of fun adventures, the students are also continuing to practice their English outside the classroom. It is enjoyable for the staff to observe students interacting with the locals and engaging in conversation with native English speakers.
Staff Highlight: Resident Life Directors, Mr. & Mrs. Tranchell
Student Life Directors Caroline and Alessio Tranchell are in their first year working at SEI. With a combined seven years of experience working in student life, the Tranchells bring an adventurous and interpersonal spirit to the SEI team. Having had the privilege of being host parents to nine international students, and both having been raised abroad for much of their youth, they understand and value the benefits of cross-cultural immersion. Currently, Mr. Tranchell serves as a music professor at Crown College while Mrs. Tranchell works in the student life department at the University of Northwestern while she completes her Masters of Education in Youth Development Leadership at the University of Minnesota.
这是学生生活导师Caroline Tranchell 和 Alessio Tranchell在SEI第一年的工作。他们曾在学生生活指导部门工作过七年，他们将冒险精神和丰富的人际交往经验带到了SEI这个团队。由于Tranchell夫妇曾共接待过九个国际学生，而且青年时期都在国外生活过，他们重视并明白跨文化的好处。目前， Tranchell先生在克朗学院担任音乐教授。Tranchell女士在西北大学工作的同时，还在明尼苏达大学攻读青年发展领导教育硕士学位。
Fun fact: The Tranchells celebrate their anniversary every year by backpacking through a different mountain trail in the US.