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Daniella MoreiraPeer Advisor

Q&A With Student Worker Team Member: Daniella Moreira

Q: What do you do at BCA Study Abroad? What is your favorite part of your job?

A: I work as a Peer Advisor for BCA. I design the Instagram Stories, write blogs, write the student newsletters, I greet people when they come into the office, and specialize in the Barcelona program. I love all aspects of my jobs. My favorite part of the job is designing the stories of the Instagram. It is kind of time consuming and difficult, but I love finding so many photos and trying to incorporate some photos that may never have been seen. I love seeing everyone’s experiences throughout the various programs and hope I can share them with everyone in an illuminating way.

 

Q: What is your favorite travel memory?

A: My favorite travel memory was when I went to a city near Barcelona called Girona. I went to the city on the train and met my friend for the local festival called Temps de Flors, a flower festival in Girona. There were so many exhibits incorporating flowers and gardens. In addition, the Cathedral steps were decorated so beautifully with special lights that turned on during the night. It was such a beautiful day and so many exhibits to see, and the government unlocked many places that were normally limited to the public. There was a cave like infrastructure that had an exhibition which explained a local tale about a man and his wife. The story was about a heart and the room had the sound of a human heartbeat throughout the exhibition. All the exhibits were stimulating and there was so much to see. Then afterwards we went to a local bar where I discovered my favorite plate, butifarra and allioli, or a sausage called butifarra with aioli sauce.

 

Q: What is one piece of advice you would give a student thinking about studying abroad?

A: My advice is to not be afraid to go sightseeing in your local program city alone. A lot of times there’s a lot of pressure to do things with the other BCA students and do things collectively, but if you really want to do something and no one else wants to you shouldn’t be afraid of going alone. It’s perfectly okay.

 

Q: Do you have any pets?

A: I have a pet turtle named Marvin he’s 6 years old.

 

Q: Did you study abroad?! If so, where and what inspired you to study abroad?

A: I studied abroad the 2017-2018 academic year. I always wanted to study abroad in a Spanish speaking country because I met one of my best friends, who is from Spain when he studied abroad in the U.S. I saw how much his language skills transformed and I wanted the same thing for my Spanish. I was inspired to study abroad in Barcelona because of the academic opportunities and all the city has to offer. I was lucky to go for a year because it was built into my major.

 

Q: What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

A: Although I don’t really drink coffee or any of its variations, I love Cappuccino Ice Cream with the sweet caramel/chocolate sauce, and the cappuccino beans. The beans are my favorite part of it.

 

Q: What do you like to do in your free time?

A: In my free time I like to read books, cook, go on walks with my friends or watch movies with my family.

 

Q: Before you travel to a new place what research do you do to learn about the host community, local cultures or the impact of your visit

A: I normally look for Vlogs on YouTube to see what others have to say on what places I should visit, what I should be careful of and so on. I like to learn a few phrases beforehand if I don’t know the language and when I am there, I look around to see how locals act.  I think my pre-travel research helps a lot because then I have a set plan and can plan when to go for free and whatnot.

 

Q: What was your favorite part of your BCA study abroad experience?

A: My favorite part was living with my host family. I felt like my house was in a very good location in the city. I could always talk to my host family and ask for advice. They also always recommended things for me to do and explained a lot about the local culture to me. I felt at home and safe. I learned so much by living with them.