We recently caught up with U.S Sports Scholarships client, former EDSV Academy star and current Rocky Mountain College student-athlete Amber Pearson. Amber shared with us her experiences from her time in the States so far as well as her plans beyond graduation.
Can you tell us about the experience you have had on your scholarship in the States?
From young, I have always wanted to take the next step in the sport I love and for me that was making a big move around the world to America and I can happily say I do not regret it one bit. I would never tell someone it’s easy, because it isn’t but I would definitely recommend it as it is a life changing experience and helps you develop not only as an athlete but also as a person. I have met some amazing people who I will always call friends, yet seem like family. Everyone helps each other be the best they can in their education and sport.
What has been most memorable to you about your experience?
I have had many memorable experiences within my time such as: pre season in California; going to the Hollywood sign, walking down rodeo drive etc… spring breaks in Vegas and California but the one experience I will never forget would be when my parents came out to watch in fall, we were playing a rival team within the state, I had just come back from an injury which I had missed a number of games with… I received the ball from the half way line and pushed my way through to the edge of the penalty box where I finished the ball in the bottom corner, hearing my parents cheer rather than having to think ‘did they see that on the live stream’ will be something I could never forget.
Can you tell us about your plans for the future beyond graduation?
I have mixed emotions and thoughts towards what my next path will be, I have a rough idea of what sort of job route I would like to go down but deciding whether it would be more successful in the states or England is a big decision and something I will have to look into more in the later time, right now I am just enjoying my time out there and seeing where it takes me.
What advice would you give to someone who is considering a sports scholarship?
Advice that I would give to someone if they were considering a scholarship would be to just go with it, don’t over think it… this is what will tell you wether it is right for you or not. There is no way around it other than saying it is hard, it’s a big decision to make, but if you can get through the home sick phases and the not wanting to do it anymore phases, then you can get through anything. It’s not a stroll in the park, it can be hard and rough at times but it’s how you choose to take them on, and the best way is to be strong and believe in yourself!
Know you can do it, know that you will be home soon, you will see family and friends again, you are living your life to the best!! You only live once and you want to live with no regrets, if little things get in the way then there will be many regrets in why you didn’t take up the opportunity, it’s the biggest and best chance you could have in bringing both the sport you love and education you need in a country with many opportunities and no judgement. I have had the mindset of wanting to give up many times but I couldn’t let it happen because where I’m at now, is I don’t know where to call home.
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