My Soccer Scholarship: 1 Year In

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Earlier in the week, we caught up with Alex Brown, who last year secured a soccer scholarship to the University of West Alabama through FirstPoint USA. We asked Alex to reflect on his experiences, 1 year in: 1. What originally made you choose FirstPoint USA, and are you still glad that you did? I originally chose first point USA as I was recommended it by a friend and thought I would give it a shot. Turns out it was a great choice and I wouldn't change it for the world. 2. What has been the highlight of your first year at UWA?
The highlight of my first year was on October 28th 2012. It was the last game of the season and also my birthday. My parents had flown over to surprise me and were watching the game. It was 1-1 at full time and we headed into overtime. I ended up scoring a lucky rebound off my back to win the game, I couldn't believe my luck! 3. What has been the hardest adjustment you've had to make since moving to the US?
Trying to balance school work with training and traveling for matches was hard at first. I found that if you don't think you have enough time you can make enough time regardless of how busy you are. 4. What do you miss the most about the I miss my mums cooking the most! Nothing beats it! 5. How often did you get to go back to the UK in your first year? In my first year, I came home at Christmas for four weeks and now I'm home for may June and July. It's a welcomed break before I'm back in August for the start of pre season. 6. Have you had any chances to get a job alongside your studies and athletic training? I've been lucky enough to be involved in some coaching with the local children at high schools and various soccer camps which has been a really good experience! 7. How do you think the focus on athletics differs in the USA when compared to UK universities? There is a huge difference! In the USA, college athletes are treated differently to normal students. Training everyday with 2 games a week is something you won't see in the UK at a university. Having specialist athletic trainers at every session who offer any treatment before and after games and sessions is almost like being professional. They money spent on top of the range facilities is incredible and makes the whole experience even better! 8. Can you describe a typical day in the life of a soccer student-athlete at UWA? During season: Wake up 7:30am eat breakfast Attend class between 8:00 and 3:00 Lunch 12:30 Training 3:30-5:30/6 Treatment in the training room 5:30-6:30 Dinner 6:45 Homework 8-10 Sleep 10:30 9. What advice would you have for anyone considering a soccer scholarship to the USA? Anyone who wants to carry on playing football 24/7 and earning a degree at the same time, it's a perfect opportunity. But, it's not always easy and there will be times that are hard, especially being away from home for long periods of time. You will have to be mentally strong and pull through! 10. What are your plans for the summer break now that you're home? Having recently got home in England, I'm planning on spending as much time with family and friends. Working and earning some money ready for next semester and sticking to my fitness plan so I'm 100% ready for the start of pre-season!

FirstPoint USA would like to thank Alex for taking the time to answer these questions, and wish him the best of luck in his future with soccer!

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