March 1st, 2014 | Uncategorized
My Canadian buddy Ashley is too cool. We go together like peanut butter and jelly. I didn’t know what I was getting myself into when I signed up for UL’s International Buddy Exchange Programme, but everything has turned out really well. A few nights ago we were on Skype with Mrs. Harvey (Ashley’s mom) until 3am hysterically laughing about the most random things. Ashley thought she was going to end up with an Irish buddy, but I guess I’m close enough since I’ve been here since last August. We both love food and Ashley went to culinary school so I really scored big with my buddy assignment. I’ve met some pretty amazing people in the program and quite a few of them have already been supporting me at our home basketball games. I would like to give a huge shout out to Nekeisha, Caitlin and Carmella for cheering me on at my basketball games like they have known me all my life. Also, I recruited another basketball player for the college team, who also happens to be Canadian. Her name is Madison and she has brought such an enormous amount of positive energy to the team.
Needless to say, there is nothing like a home crowd and nothing can compare to looking in the stands, and knowing people who wholeheartedly support you. I am a firm believer in home court advantage and I appreciate my friends for supporting me right through to the end of the season. One of the best parts about being abroad is making friends. I’ve already been invited to come to Canada, and before coming to Ireland; I never thought I was going to leave the United States. I can see myself growing culturally and personally. I’m becoming a better person day by day and I am looking forward to building more friendships and traveling the world to visit them all.