We recently caught up with U.S Sports Scholarships client and current Shawnee State University student-athlete Paige Alford. Paige shared with us her experiences so far from her freshman year in the States as well as her plans beyond graduation.
Can you tell us about the experience you have had on your scholarship in the States?
The time I have spent in the States on my Scholarship has been exceptional. I wouldn’t change it for the world. For me, getting to play the sport I love almost every day whether that just be a kick about with my mates in the gym or practice on the field, is something I wouldn’t change for the world. So far, I have spent one semester in the states and have loved every second. The team and I have been on several away trips which makes an experience in itself and I love the school I am at because of the amazing community that surrounds it. As an individual I have built up so many skills and talents that will help me in later life that I cherish each day I have out here.
What has been most memorable to you about your experience?
Since I have only yet spent one semester here at Shawnee State University, OHIO it is easy to mention how playing in that short season was a highlight for me. Coming from the United Kingdom where the season is spread out across more months it is considerably enjoyable although sometimes intense to play over just around 4 months. Playing the sport, I loved almost every day was a gift to me and something I enjoyed every moment of. Also, being able to spend so much time with such an amazing team really did seem an exceptional experience too. Travelling 6 hours may seem long when you think of it, however for me this was sometimes where the most memories were made for me and with my team mates. For example when we would stay overnight for away games this was always such an experience and going to the hotel pools and breakfasts with around twenty four people was always a laugh and something I will always remember.
Can you tell us about your plans for the future beyond graduation?
Beyond graduation I plan to take my football (soccer) either further in the United Kingdom playing for a Women’s Super League team or playing in the states. I also plan to use the degree I am hoping to also achieve to guide me in the write directions of a job in the field of graphic design or interior design.
What advice would you give to someone who is considering a sports scholarship?
The advice I would give would be to take the opportunity you have no matter how scared or nervous you may be. For me this was the best thing I could have done and the scholarship has opened up so many doors for my future therefore it’s not just for the 4 years but is a lifetime experience that is different to everyone else and makes you unique as an individual and help you to grow in certain skills that you then can hold for life, wherever that may take you.
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