American Academy

American Academy - 24 jan 2019

Professor Andrew’s experience in Brazil

Professor Andrew Shariahri veio ao Brasil em 2018 para ministrar a disciplina “Music: a World Phenomenon”

Compondo o time de professores da American Academy na PUCPR, o professor Andrew, que esteve aqui em 2018 para ministrar a disciplina “Music: a World Phenomenon”, contou um pouco sobre suas impressões. Confira a entrevista feita com ele:

Before coming to Brazil

1. Have you ever been to Brazil before?
AS: No. I have been overseas before though. Lived in Thailand for two years.

2. What do you expect to find here? (about the students of the American Academy, about Brazilian culture)
AS: I hope the students will be proficient enough in English to understand me. I also hope they will introduce me to some good Brazilian food!

3. What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about Brazil?
AS: Samba!

4. If you could describe your course with just few words, what would they be?
AS: An exploration of world music and culture.

After coming to Brazil

5. Was Brazil what you expected? (the students, the food, and other things)
AS: Brazil was much more than I expected. The students were articulate and motivated. The food was amazing and not really that different than the US, other than it being more delicious! The people I met were great and always

6. After visiting Brazil, knowing people and eating Brazilian food, what is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about Brazil? Is it still Samba?
AS: Ha, no. Probably the friends I made is the first thing I think of now. Foodwise – pão de queijo, churrasco, and feijoada. Yummy!

7. What was the best moment for you in the American Academy?
AS: There were many. With the students, probably the Halloween party and the lunches I had with them. I loved their presentations and their enthusiasm throughout the course. The going-away party was great and I look forward to seeing them all again here in Kent!

8. Do you think that Brazilian students are different from North American students? Why?
AS: I think the Brazilian students are similar to North American students, particularly the honors students I have taught. They have varied interests and motivations, but generally seem eager to learn and make a contribution to our world. I think they recognize that being millennials means the future is their responsibility and what they make of it. They are innovative and determined to transform our world into a more cooperative, rather than competitive, global society.