I left for America feeling scared but also very excited about what was to come. I had gone through a bumpy road during the recruiting process but now it was time to enjoy the fruits of that labor. It was a time of new experiences, a new language, a new way of training and playing, new teammates, new classes and a new city. As soon as I got there everyone made me feel so welcomed and was so inviting that all the scary feelings went away.
Once I settled in and got a hold of practice and the team everything went smoothly. As in anything in life, hard work is expected and only through that you will get results. In my case, I was lucky enough to become the top scorer of the team during my first season, wins some accolades both on an off the field but most importantly made some amazing friends and memories.
There wasn’t a game were all the parents weren’t there cheering you on, bringing you food and making sure you felt at home. There was always academic support when I needed it and friends to have fun with. I can say without hesitating that this was one of, if not the best experience of my life.
Playing NCAA Field Hockey is hard, a lot is expected of you, the level is extremely competitive, you travel a lot and you have to put a lot of hours into training. However, the school and coaches make sure you have everything to perform at your best, to take care of your academics and all responsibilities in proper form and to enjoy your four years learning about yourself, another culture and making life long friends.