We recently caught up with U.S Sports Scholarships client and current Hastings College student-athlete Callum Watson. Callum shared with us his experiences from his time in the States so far as well as his plans beyond graduation.
Can you tell us about the experience you have had on your scholarship in the States?
I have only had one year in the States so far, yet it has probably been the most enjoyable year of my life. It has already opened many more opportunities after my university years, when I graduate, and this is just off the back of my first year. There’s nothing better than playing the sport you love every day with a group of boys who are all driven to the same goal, which is ultimately a national title. I already know that I have made friends for life through this truly unreal experience.
What has been most memorable to you about your experience?
My most memorable moment so far in the States, is winning both the conference itself and then the conference tournament especially. To do this was a memorable moment as it was only my first year and I didn’t really know what to fully expect when I first went out to Hastings, Nebraska. It was a fantastic moment to lift the trophies with the boys, and a nice way for our seniors to finish their college careers by retaining these two trophies.
Can you tell us about your plans for the future beyond graduation?
I haven’t overly thought about my plans after graduation just yet as I still have 3 years remaining. However, if a playing opportunity does not come out of college in the States, I will most likely return to the UK and look to carry on playing as much as I can whilst picking up my coaching badges along the way and potentially go back to the States and look to coach out there.
What advice would you give to someone who is considering a sports scholarship?
First of all, take the opportunity, it’s a once in a lifetime offer and opportunity. Of course, leaving everything behind such as family, friends and ultimately everything you know is scary, but the Americans take so much care of their international students it’s basically home from home and after just a few days I know I felt comfortable and it was almost second nature. The best part of the scholarship system is that you are basically working as a professional athlete. Training out on the field everyday and then in the weigh troom 2 or 3 times a week along with video analysis. Taking the offer will be a massive eye opener and teach you so many things for future life. I couldn’t recommend taking the opportunity more.
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