Student Stories

Busy But Having Fun – A Chat with Baseball Player Thijs Rijpstra at Bay College

Winters are cold, but that hasn’t stopped Dutch student-athlete Thijs Rijpstra from going to play baseball and study at Bay College in Michigan.

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“Show up, work hard and make it about the team” – Milan van der Breggen

Valuable advice to all baseball student-athletes on their way to study and play ball in the US from Milan van der Breggen. Milan speaks from experience, having studied and played baseball for two years at Indian Hills Community College in Iowa, then transferring to Oakland City University in Indiana to complete his bachelor’s degree.

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My story at Lehigh University: Sarah Bonthuis

I am Sarah Bonthuis and I am currently studying
at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania where I combine my studies with hockey in
the college hockey team. I am writing this experience story after my last season as senior (fourth year).

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Sanne Bloemendaal: my story as a student-athlete in Division III

I am a senior at Drew University, a small liberal arts college right outside of New York City. I am majoring in International Relations and Business with a minor in Law, Justice, and Society. I am currently the captain of the women’s tennis team, president of the International Student Association at Drew, and work as a writing tutor. I have experienced some really great things during my years at Drew so far which have helped me develop as a student, an athlete, and a person.

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Alhassan Barrie looks back on his time playing basketball in America

From the day that Alhassan could hold a basketball in his hands as a little boy, he dreamt of playing basketball in America. “It’s every basketball player’s dream to play in the States,” he adds with a big smile.

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Bas Vermeulen: From club tournament to university golf team – Golf

A year ago, Bas Vermeulen’s parents waved goodbye to their 20-year-old son as he embarked upon a new adventure at St. Leo University in Florida. The Dutch athlete was scouted to play on the university’s golf team.

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Feize Türkmen’s story at a prep school & college – Field Hockey

Feize was only seventeen years old when she went to the States. Now, more than three years later, it is hard for her to imagine what life would have been like without this experience.

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Nadine de Koning about 4 years at UVA – Field Hockey

Nadine de Koning started playing field hockey at a young age in the Netherlands. After graduating from high school, she decided to pursue her dream: to combine top-level hockey with a study in America!

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Eva van Wakeren her favorite memories at LIU – Field Hockey

When Eva moved to New York to pursue her dream of attending a university in the United States, she could never have imagined this place would mean so much more to her than just a university.

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