We recently caught up with U.S Sports Scholarships client and current Savannah College of Art & Design student-athlete Jake Colclough. Jake shared with us his experiences so far from his freshman year 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 so far in the United States has been unbelievable. Playing football everyday has always been my goal and this scholarship was the best opportunity for me to continue playing, as well as gaining a valuable degree. I’ve met some great people and made good friends who have supported me in my freshman year. I’m extremely happy with my soccer and school.
What has been most memorable to you about your experience?
Achieving a 4.0 GPA in my first semester and reaching the conference play-offs. Enjoying and working hard with my class work was a highlight as I was happy it was rewarded with all A’s whilst also over-achieving beating ranked teams to make the play-offs this year was another. Moulding into a new midfield position is something I have relished too. I look forward to maintaining my grades and pushing for the national tournament next season.
Can you tell us about your plans for the future beyond graduation?
I hope to graduate with a Major in Interior Design and Minor in Architecture which gives me plenty of options regarding employment – SCAD having a 99.9% alumni employment rate which is encouraging. My student visa will allow me to seek internships in the States but I would like to continue playing football, hopefully professionally in Europe.
What advice would you give to someone who is considering a sports scholarship?
Go for it. It’s a once in a life time opportunity. I was very ‘on the fence’ as I had a good job and was enjoying my football in England but making the move to Savannah has been the best decision I’ve made. I have developed a career path for myself I never thought I was capable of and the level of football over here is good. It’s an excellent opportunity to develop yourself as a person and as an athlete. I couldn’t recommend it or U.S Sports Scholarships any more.
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