Comin’ to America

Facing College: Diverse Student Voices from Michigan State University

Field hockey is one of the most popular sports in Scotland. We don’t have field hockey at the collegiate level so everyone plays club after secondary school. I grew up playin’ field hockey and I’ve been in love with the sport since I was little. When the time came for me to choose university, I had to think of what would be best to further my field hockey career. If I stayed in Scotland, I’d have to play in a club unless I tried out for the national team. In America, though, I could continue to play at university.

I decided I wanted to go abroad, so I gave my tapes to an American agency to help with recruitment. It was quite simple–they did all the work for me, all I had to do was play my sport. Once the agency sent my tapes out, I got a lot of replies back from a lot of different colleges. Choosing was hard, but I knew I wanted a Big 10 school and I wanted to be close to my brother who played soccer at Indiana.

I had it narrowed down to a few schools–Michigan State being one. When I visited here, everything kind of fell into place and it just felt right. Not to mention, my coach is Scottish, which gives me a taste of home when I’m here. Coming to America was hard in the sense that I do miss my family, especially when I talk to them on the phone, but playing a sport has definitely made it easier. I don’ know how I could’ve made friends without my team because obviously I came in knowin’ no one. I love my team and we all get on well so it’s better than I coulda hoped for.

Balancing school and sports is something I’ve done my whole life so it’s not any harder here than it was back home. I really like my major, too, so I don’t find it to be a burden doing my homework. I think I would honestly be bored if I didn’t fill my time with athletics. I know that comin’ here and continuin’ to play field hockey at this level was the best decision for me. I do love my country and I miss it sometimes but I couldn’t be happier with my decision. Although I know I won’t be stayin’ in Michigan after college, I might just stay in America.

This story originally appeared in Facing College: Diverse Student Voices, a publication of The Facing Project that was organized by Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan.

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