Bruna Rodrigues de Souza
I am Bruna Rodrigues, a student of International Trade. I was born and raised in Brazil and I live in a city called Natal, on the east coast of my country. I have one brother and have a large extended family. I came to the U.S. to improve my business skills and to develop import/export commerce among Brazil and other countries. As a Brazilian, I am friendly and I love to know people from different cultures; moreover, the CCI Program gave me a wonderful opportunity to do such in America. I am glad to be a CCIP student.
Vanderlei Gonçalves Souza Filho
My name is Vanderlei Gonçalves Souza Filho from Brazil, and I am 26 years old. I come from the countryside of Minas Gerais, which is a very big state in the South East of Brazil. My city is called Guaxupé, which is famous by its coffee and dairy products. I didn´t study in my city, but studied in Mococa, which is a city located in São Paulo state. During that time, I had to cross the border of both states every day.
I love traveling and do it very often. In fact, I think when you travel the things you have accomplished become memories and are things that no one in the world will be able to take away from you. Furthermore, you learn about the culture and lifestyle the place to which you go. So if you want to be my friend, just invite me to be your travel companion. And when we particularly talk about Brazil, which is a country blessed with natural landmarks and covered with happiness, you have many places to visit and of course have memorable views. For example, I can quote Rio de Janeiro as the most beautiful city in the world for sure. Don't lose the opportunity to visit, because it is worth seeing.
I have a small nuclear family with only one brother, Lucas. He´s younger than me. But I have a very big extended family. My mother has 10 siblings, my father has 3 and as a result, I have many cousins. I feel very excited when the holidays are coming like Christmas and New Year, because it is a time for family reunion, where everyone get together in my grandparents´ farm and we have a big family dinner annually. I´m so linked to my family and this is something that sometimes makes me feel sad being in the US. However, I have another family here – my cohorts, who I also consider my scholarship sisters and brothers.