Posted by: viaprograms | January 26, 2011

Introducing the Stanford Programs Intern

Monterey Institute of International Studies master’s candidate Tessa Machida returns to VIA as Stanford Programs Intern. Tessa also served as an intern during the summer of 2010. Over the course of the next five months, she will be working to strengthen the Exploring Health Care and American Language and Culture programs. Welcome back, Tessa!

Tessa with a friend in Hiroshima, 2009

You lived in Japan for a few years and speak Japanese. Can you tell us your favorite saying or expression?

I really enjoy Japanese phrases that express sounds or feelings. “Fuwa fuwa” is probably my favorite, which means “fluffy.”

You’re currently a student in Monterey, California. What is your favorite thing to do in Monterey? Where do you like to eat?

Monterey has a lot of history and natural beauty, but the Monterey Bay Aquarium is my favorite place. They have great exhibits, and the sea otters are really cute!

For food, I like to go to near-by Carmel-by-the-sea. They have lots of great restaurants, and if you’re lucky you’ll run into Clint Eastwood.

You interned with ALC2 last summer. Any words of wisdom for Stanford Programs participants in 2011?

Bring warm clothes! I think many students are surprised that it gets quite cool at night in Northern California. Also, take every advantage to speak English that you can while you’re here.  It’s so much easier to improve your speaking skills if you use English 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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