We recently caught up with U.S Sports Scholarships client and current University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma student-athlete Damilola Olusesi. Dami shared with us his experiences so far from his three years in the States as well as his plans beyond graduation.
Can you tell us about the experience you have had on your scholarship in the States?
My experience in the U.S. has been amazing. honestly, i’m just glad to have had the chance to come out here and play against players my age and having the ability to compete with people who, over time, became my best of friends. I’m ecstatic for what the future holds but i know, if i didn’t come over here to play I wouldn’t have learnt all the hard life lessons you have to experience and the hard fact that “no matter how good you are, reality is there is someone willing to work harder” so why not be the best you can and work as hard as you can.
What has been most memorable to you about your experience?
Honestly the one moment I can never forget is scoring the winner in the conference semi – finals. I play it back and every time I see it I can feel myself in the moment, how I was able to celebrate with my team in that moment can never be matched. Every season gave me different emotions, wishing I could’ve done things differently on the field just because that’s who I am but I can never regret coming out here in the first place. Big shout out to Liam and the team and all they have done for me, because if not for them, I wouldn’t be where I am. All i can think about is after my trial for US Sports Scholarships, me asking about my performance and the coaches replying, “you were top 3 hands down”. they gave me the extra belief i needed and I haven’t looked back ever since.
Can you tell us about your plans for the future beyond graduation?
With my future I’ll always say I want to go pro, even though I know I’m not ready now I will relentlessly keep working and looking for opportunities to get myself there. I also believe in the importance of an education, I am looking to graduate with a bachelors degree in business which I also look to use along side my potential pro career.
What advice would you give to someone who is considering a sports scholarship?
To anyone considering a sports scholarship, I just have one question, “why not?” My family aren’t billionaires but with help from Liam and the team, I got an offer right for me. You won’t regret it at all, just ask yourself a personal question along the lines of “am I okay leaving my comfort zone?”
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