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Daniele and his first American day

To read the article in its original version you can go directly to Daniele’s blog, here.

August 8, 2016: the day has come. I am heading toward Milan, where my first intercontinental flight is going to take off: my new life at the other side of the world is waiting for me.

Milan-Munich-Charlotte the itinerary. Last “goodbyes” to my family and I am ready to leave, aware that from now on it is going to be completely up to me: I either fail or succeed – and I do love this.

I am here. I am in the Ufreshman_retreat__50SA. The dream country has a new Italian man, fellas!
Not so fast. A line of two hundred people is waiting for their documents to be revised. Oh man, I think, I just stepped here and the first person I have to talk to is an officer. I start building up sentences in my head, but at this time I feel like I have forgotten everything I used to know about English. Where are those eight years of English gone now that I need them? It was waaaaay easier when I just had to answer my teacher’s questions. Photo, digital fingerprint, passport, visa, and an infinite number of questions: my first American test is successful – I am free to go. I walk on looking for the exit, and right there, waiting for me, is my coach. “How you doing Danny? Nice to meet you!”, his first words.

We have started the car and are now on our way to Salisbury, the city where Catawba College is located. Forty-five minutes of enjoyable conversation and there it is, the campus. As soon as I get out of the car, five guys approach me, asking to go play with them. Me and these guys – who I will later call “the boys” because teammates – img-20170203-wa0008will be balling out later on during season. As for now, though, I am more concerned about trying to understand what the heck they are saying. Is this English? I feel like I am listening to five different languages! What a sad story are the accents when you are a novice… America, Australia, England, Germany, Iceland, and many more to come. What can I do at this point? Just asking two, three, four, and even five times to repeat. This inexperience with the language is going to give birth to such funny moments that my mates, today, still like to bring up when they try to tease me (thick skin, sorry lads). But these are different stories, and there is plenty of time to tell them all.

Daniele and the beginning of the journey

To read the article in its original version you can go directly to Daniele’s blog, here.

America has always been known as the land of opportunity, the place where you can be whatever you want. In this blog I would like to tell you more about my college life and what has brought me here to the USA, hoping that it will be useful for some of you.
I have been dreaming of becoming a professional soccer player since I was a child. At the same time, the passion for studying has slowly made its way into my life. And what other way than college, I thought, would best conciliate the two of them?

As soon as the opportunity came, I did not think twice about what to do: I decided to fly to the USA and join a college. Do you want to know the best part in all of this? Thanks to a soccer scholarship achieved by playing the sport I love, I am now able to pay for most of my college fees!

I am looking forward to seeing what this lifetime experience has in store for me!


My name’s Daniele and I’m from Italy.

Catawba College, North Carolina: I’m coming!