Loyola University Chicago

Office for International Programs

November 2014

Doug

Home country: Brazil

Major: Chemistry

Why did you choose to come to Loyola?

I’m part of a program in Brazil where they put students in different parts of the United States and other countries. First, I chose the United States because I love this country and I love the culture. Also, I didn’t choose Chicago but I was placed because of my major. I knew I would be happy in Chicago though because this city is a big city and I love big cities. It’s really cool here because there is a lot to do, like concerts. Also, it’s not too crazy like New York City or Los Angeles. Chicago is the most comfortable city and it’s not too crazy and the trains can take you to wherever you want.

What has been your favorite event at the International House?

I really like the different cultural parties because for example, if you come to the Chinese Party, you have Chinese people to teach you about their culture. So this is really cool! This is really interesting because I get to learn about different cultures.

Where do you go in Chicago for fun?

I love many places in Chicago like the Navy Pier, Shedd Aquarium, and Millennium Park. Also I love downtown Chicago and it’s a really good place to see and take pictures.

Have you traveled anywhere else in the US? Where was your favorite?

I love Orlando. If I talk about Orlando, sometimes it makes me cry because I’ve dreamt about going to Orlando for a long time. I loved Disney World and the Harry Potter. I got to see the castle and I love roller coasters. I’ve been to Orlando two times because I loved it so much. I also love cinema so I liked LA. I want to live there to study cinema. I prefer Chicago to live but the center of cinema is in LA so I really want to live there to study. And NY was really cool because I love Broadway shoes and to see a real show was a dream.

What will you miss most about the International House/Loyola/Chicago?

Oh, I will miss so much! First I joined a fraternity and the fraternity was like a brotherhood and you have bond with your friends. Also, in the International House, I will miss the interaction with the different students. Here is where I can meet people from different parts of the world, such as Mexico, France, Ecuador, Argentina, Ireland, China, Korea, Japan. I’ve had almost four semesters here and I met a lot of different people. I will miss all of these friends because they are different. Of course I love my country but we are from the same country so it’s not like we share different cultures. But here you can learn about other cultures so this is really cool.