At SAI we are proud of our highly qualified, well trained staff, most of whom have been with SAI for 10+ years! We think this sets SAI apart and makes it a very unique company. Our staff truly make SAI. We are, therefore, excited to announce our new “Staff Spotlight” feature. Each month we will be highlighting one of the members of our staff so that you can get to know us a little bit better.
What’s your name and title?
Jamie Ronsheimer – SAI Admissions Counselor.
How long have you been at SAI?
Almost 6 Years.
What do you love most about working at SAI?
I love that SAI is more than just a company, it’s a family. Because employees have this amazing relationship within the company, it transfers to our students. Those who participate in any of the programs become an extension of the SAI family.
What is your favorite place you have ever visited and why?
Sorrento, hands down! While in the UK and Italy meeting with our various host schools, I had the opportunity to stay in Sorrento for several days. If I had to describe Sorrento in one word it would be BEAUTIFUL. The scenery and small home town feel were amazing. I loved walking through the streets and taking advantage of the beach! The school itself has the most fantastic ocean views as it sits high on the hill directly above the marina. An added benefit is the proximity to so many amazing locations such as Pompeii and Vesuvius. This city is a must in the summer, early Fall, and mid-late Spring.
Do you have any memorable traveling stories to share?
My first trip to Rome had me there for only half a day. I couldn’t imagine not seeing the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, etc. By the time the business side of my day in Rome was over it was quite late. Fellow SAI employee, Micaela Kliegl, and myself jumped into a cab for a nighttime tour of the famous landmarks. Our cab driver was amazing and took us around to the major locations and even hopped out of the cab to quickly take our picture before we jetted off to the next landmark. People say you can’t see Rome in a day…. I did it in half a day :)
What’s your favorite Italian food/meal?
Pasta Arrabbiata or Arancini – yum! Of course there is always Gelato too!
What’s your favorite thing about Italian culture?
My favorite aspect of the Italian culture is how everything is centered around family. Family is first and foremost in almost everything they do.
What is your best advice to students embarking on their first study abroad experience?
Remember that you are entering a different culture. Things will be different but in a good way. Try to remain open to new experiences while you are abroad and attempt to live like the locals. It will enhance your experience so much more!