Congratulations to FirstPoint USA client, Chris Gribben, who has committed to a soccer scholarship at the University of Charleston, West Virginia. We recently caught up with Chris to hear how he found the process of obtaining his scholarship, and what he is most looking forward to upon arriving in the US.
Chris states that he made the decision to study at a university in the US as the college system provides an exciting combination of academics and athletics. Adding, “from what I have been told, the standard of soccer in the states is much higher than people think, and I can’t wait to get stuck in and see what it’s like.”
Regarding the process of obtaining his scholarship, Chris tells us that he found it went smoother than expected. Stating, “a big part of this is down to George for making sure I was on track, and helping me with each stage of the process; so a huge thanks goes to him. It was definitely all worth it in the end, as I have ended up with a great college.”
Chris tells us that one the main contributing factors which helped make his decision to attend the University of Charleston, was the interest that the college expressed in him. Chris also added that they seem to have a very professional setup and a winning mentality at the university, which is reflected in their #2 national ranking. Also stating, “from what I have seen, they have a really attractive style of play and love to keep the ball, which should suit me well!” The location of the campus was also an attractive factor for Chris as he tells us that whilst studying in the states, he wished to be living in or around a city, so being in the state capital seemed like the perfect fit.
Upon arriving in the US to begin his studies, Chris tells us that he is most looking forward to getting his head down and working hard. He states that he is really looking forward to beginning this fantastic opportunity, as well as being able to soak up the American culture.
Finally, we asked Chris where he sees himself being in 10 years time. He tells us that he hopes to be playing soccer professionally in the MLS, but if not, he would like to be playing at home in Scotland.
We’d like to wish Chris the best of luck for his studies and playing career at the University of Charleston; we will keep you updated on his progress out in the US through our various social media platforms.