Major: Bachelors in Business Administration
Country of Citizenship: Colombia
Date of Graduation: May 2015
Activities: Men's Soccer Team
Why did you decide to study in the U.S.A.?
Because in U.S.A I can play soccer at a competitive level and receive a college education at the same time. Back home, I didn’t have the chance to do this, due to the lack of support universities give to athletics.
Why did you choose FDU?
I chose FDU for several reasons. Its location is just what I was looking for: a campus located in a small town close to a big city. At FDU I have New York City no more than 45 minutes away. Also, the soccer porgram has a very good reputation in the NEC Conference and in the NCAA Division 1 assocation. In addition, I really liked the fact that FDU has a lot of international students, as I have the opportunity to learn from different cultures and know more about the world.
What do you like best about FDU?
The soccer program and environment around school, where everyone is close to each other and really friendly.
What do you miss most about home?
My family, friends and the Colombian cuisine.
What was your biggest surprise about U.S. life and education?
I was amazed by the warmth and friendliness of the people in the university. Also, it is quite impressive how athletes receive a lot of help from the universities in order to keep up the good grades and perform well in the sports they practice.
...your biggest disappointment?
Up until now, nothing from the college life and education has disappointed me. Everything was what I expected it to be.
How have you handled:
With patience and effort. Although sometimes frustrating, I didn’t stop engaging in conversations and meeting new people. Only with practice you can narrow these language barriers.
My parents are making a huge effort to cover my tuition and expenses, even though I am on an academic scholarhip. I work on my summer breaks to earn some money for my day-to-day expenses.
...Adjusting to a different educational system?
I graduated from an American school where the education isn’t that different. So far, adjusting hasn’t been too difficult. In fact, international freshman athletes receive lots of help from FDU in regard to classes and schedules, so the first semester is pretty easy.
What are your activities at FDU?
I am part of the FDU Men's Soccer team. I don't have time to do other activities since I am only focused on soccer.
How easy or difficult is making friends?
I’ve come to realize that making friends in the U.S is much easier than I thought it would be. I came to the U.S thinking people would be cold and shallow, but I was amazed by how outgoing, sociable and friendly students are in America. Not only the American students are easy to befriend; international students (especially athletes) are very cool too.
What are your career goals?
I want to run my own business someday, and studying abroad will help me get lots of new, innovating ideas that I can apply into my business when I return back home. Also, playing at a Division 1 school, I have the opportunity to work my way up to a professional level in soccer.
What is your favorite spot on campus?
I have to say that the Field House and the Soccer stadium, because they inspire the nicest vibe around campus and they are near the woods. They are calm and peaceful areas where I can play soccer and be in peace of mind.
What has been your favorite class?
Intro to Math Methods, just because of the teacher. In high school, I used to hate Math (even though I am pretty good at it), but with her and the way she ran the class, I was able to enjoy the class a lot.
What do you do for fun?
I hang out with friends, play a lot of soccer (during and out of season), and watch a lot of movies.
Do you go into New York City often?
I didn’t go as much during season because I was always either travelling or playing at home. However, in the last month before the break I went like 5 or 6 times. There’s nothing better than having a walk through Central Park or Times Square. I went to Broadway to see Cirque du Soleil and Lion King.
What is your advice to other students who are considering FDU?
Be sociable and outgoing, and take advantage of all the opportunities this school has too offer.