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Student Spotlight Samuel Sitolini Cano November 28th, 2017

Samuel Sitolini Cano is an old soul of only 22 years from Brazil. He studied at ELC Santa Barbara for 12 weeks. Samuel is ELC’s gentle giant and made friends wherever he went. He was always ready to lend a helping hand and took every opportunity he could to experience new adventures. Learn more about Samuel here!

Is this your first time in the US?

No. I have been here two other times: last year and six years ago. In both situations I was here for one month.

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

I was surprised that the food is so fried. People follow the rules more here than in Brazil (like drinking). In Brazil, we have confidence to break the rules while driving.

What do you miss about your country?

I miss my family and friends, and also my freedom to do some things. Here, it’s really hard to do certain things.

What do you do for fun?

I like to go out with friends, play racquetball with my uncle, play basketball, barbecue, and play soccer. I also like baking carrot cakes. ☺ I baked one for the ELC potluck one time.

What are your hobbies?

I like to read and watch Netflix. I also like to do some sports.

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

Yes. My suggestion is for that person to live their life in English, not just in school, but also all the time and places you go while you are in the United States.

What is your favorite place in Santa Barbara?

My favorite places are the first restaurant on the pier, La Brezza (hanging out with students), Wildcat Lounge, the ice skating rink, and Edo’s for food and drinks.

What are your favorite moments in class at ELC?

My favorite moments in ELC were during the potlucks. My favorite moments in Santa Barbara were hiking at Tangerine Falls and Lizard’s Mouth. My favorite moments outside of Santa Barbara were travelling around California. I love California. I haven’t been to other states.

Samuel Cano hiking

Samuel Cano with friends

Samuel Cano on a boat

Samuel Cano hiking

Samuel Cano in class