, Corporate Partnerships Assistant, Brazil
Monster.com : Corporate Partnerships Assistant from Brazil (Q
, 22, arrived in the U.S. from Brazil in May of 1999 for a program in international trade and commerce at UC Berkeley Extension, the continuing education division of the University of California, Berkeley
In the International Trade & Commerce program, students learn practical strategies for penetrating worldwide markets, with courses in topics such as international finance and global business strategy.Vilela
then worked as an intern at Kids On-Line America (www.kola.net), a San Francisco-based start-up offering families an online service that provides children a safe environment for Internet use.Vilela
, who has a business degree from Pontificia Universidade Catolica de Campinas, returned to Brazil in November ; but now she
be back in San Francisco, working at KOLA as a corporate partnerships assistant.
Monster.com : What made you decide to come to the U.S..Isabel Vilela
: Well, I had just graduated from university and had the feeling that it be not enough for me. I wanted to go further, to learn more and expand my boundaries.I chose the U.S. because of the advanced school system and the language (that I wanted to study further).I do not have enough money to come here ; I spent all my savings and I had to borrow from my parents.For a Brazilian, living in the U.S. is really expensive, and it was even worse because I chose the Bay area.To save money, I lived in a fraternity for three months.It was summer vacation for them, so they allowed me to live there until the beginning of their semester, and I ate a lot of 99-cent hamburgers.