The Big Interview with Sam Mitchell

17 Apr

Welcome back to our most popular regular feature, “The Tribalingua Big Interview”. We meet the members of the team and ask them about their lives, loves, hopes and fears…

We reveal the thoughts of the people who make this company such a special place to work.

This week we’re talking to Sam Mitchell who is our brand new English teacher, working beside our lovely British Jon Holloway.

Seeming a teenager.

He looks like a teenager

Hi Mr. Sam!

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

My name is Sam Mitchell and I was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States.  I am 23 years old and am lucky to have wonderful parents and a great younger brother.  I graduated in December 2013 from the University of Iowa with a double major in International Business and International Studies with a minor in Portuguese. I moved to Brazil at the end of December and I am really enjoying life in Florianópolis.

What’s your role in Bravi?

I teach English on Mondays and Tuesdays.  I also help with writing letters or other English questions others may have.

Describe your typical day.

My typical day consists of waking up, planning classes for the day, and grabbing a quick breakfast.  Once I arrive at work I take about an hour to finish up my class plans and then my day begins.  After work I almost always end up cooking dinner for my girlfriend, although on Tuesdays I get to skip dinner and play soccer with my friends.  After dinner we usually have a drink and watch some movies.

Tell us about your sports teams.

My favorite soccer team is Manchester City. I have been pulling for City ever since I can remember soccer being shown on American television. They always had some character on the team that made them fun to watch. It is quite a pleasure now to see them doing so well and I haven’t missed a game in over 2 years!
My favorite baseball team is the Chicago Cubs and I have loved them ever since I could talk. They haven’t won a championship in over 100 years. Their nickname is “The Lovable Losers”, and for good reason.

What do you do in your free time?

I really enjoy watching and playing soccer, baseball, and football.  I also really enjoy playing guitar, listening to music, and going out with my friends.  I like to read, write, and cook as well.

Tell us about where you live.

I live in Florianópolis now.  It’s a great island with a lot of great people and amazing beaches.

Why did you choose this career?

I chose to come work at Bravi after my boss, Jon, showed me around one day.  Everyone was extremely nice and personable and I knew that I would love working here.

Who are your heroes?

My heroes are my family. My dad was the first one in his family to go to college and he worked his way up to the top of his company. He has always made time for me and brother and I don’t think I’ve ever heard the man complain about anything. He has always preached hard work and perseverance, but he also knows how to have a lot of fun. He’s the person who has taught me absolutely everything about sports and good music. He isn’t very talented when it comes to music, but when I turned twelve he put a guitar in my hand in hopes that I could accomplish something that he couldn’t. He’s a great role model and I really respect him.

My mother is another hero of mine. She takes amazing care of my brother who has cerebral palsy, is very active in the community, and an extremely generous person. I’m positive she hasn’t had more than 4 hours of sleep in the last 23 years. She’s always looking to help other people, especially her family.

My brother is also a hero of mine. Although he has special needs he is a very positive person with a wonderful outlook on life. He is constantly smiling and he is always a reminder that life is what you make it. I probably miss my brother most of all and I can’t wait for my family to come visit me!

Where do you see yourself and Tribal in five years?

I hope to continue contributing to Tribal and Tribalingua.  I really enjoy helping people learn and watch them develop their language skills.  I am also interested in contributing to the business side of Tribal as it is my area of study.

Who’ll win the World Cup next year?

This is difficult.  I want the United States to win and I am pulling strongly for Brazil, but if I have to be honest I’m going to have to give the nod to Germany as they have come so close in recent international competitions and they’re not as young as they were last World Cup.  My dark horse though is Belgium. I believe they’ll surprise a lot of people.

Sam 1

Sam 2

Thanks for your time Sam! We really appreciate it!

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