#SAEstories: Meet Raphael!

Raphael the All-American

When preparing to study abroad, our students enjoy choosing their English names. Some of them will choose names that sound like their Chinese names. Others will choose names based off of real or fictional people who they admire. We love hearing the reasoning behind each name, but Raphael has to be our favorite so far. When we interviewed him, he explained that he had chosen Raphael for two reasons: the name includes all of his initials, but is also the name of his favorite Ninja Turtle!

We nicknamed Raphael “the All-American” because of his wide range of interests and activities. Like many American students, he is heavily involved in his school life as well as his extracurricular life. However, Raphael goes beyond simply being involved and aims to take a leadership role. He’s the class representative for his English and chemistry classes, and he also is the captain of the computer and soccer clubs at his school. He also really enjoys swimming, and even recently got his diving certificate! When we asked him whether being involved with so many activities wore him out, he shrugged it off and reasoned that the sports are important because they keep him healthy and learning helps him gain new knowledge.

Raphael has watched many American films in preparation for his year abroad, and says they have helped him learn a little bit more about the English language, culture, etiquette, religion, and architecture. However, he is looking forward to arriving so he can see for himself what American life is really like. With his desire to learn and embrace as much as possible, we’re certain he would fit in with any host family!

If you’re interested in hosting Raphael or any of our other students, the process is simple. Just reach out to our office at (512) 323-9595 ext. 3061 or emily@saeglobal.org and we will answer any questions you might have! Or, you can fill out a Host Family Application and we can send you more information on a particular student.

Due to Department of State regulations, we cannot post photos of students until they are officially placed with a host family and enrolled for the school year. If you’d like additional information on Raphael or any of our other students, please get in touch with us.

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