What Students Say
Some letters from students
Just want to thank you once
again for all the things you have done to get me into college. You were a
really big help. The people are very friendly and for some reason they
seem to like Australians. Life can be very exciting at times because of
the things that happen differently compared to home.
Zelman Tan - Baseball - New Mexico
I would like to take this
opportunity to thank you for all the hard work you have done and made the
experience of going to a University in the US happen for me. When I look
back I would never have thought that I would be now playing the sport I
love in a Division I College in the United States. It is a dream come true
This experience so far has been
one that I will never forget. It all started when I arrived in Georgia, a
week before college started. The temperature was getting to zero at times
and I arrived with no luggage and my flight was 2 hours late. What a
start! That would have been the worst week of my life. When I eventually
got my luggage and moved into the dorms things got better by the day. Once
I started classes I was totally oblivious to what had happened in the past
The culture shock was something
that I was totally unprepared for. I have had the opportunity to learn
about a totally different culture. I have travelled to places that I never
knew existed and seen some of the most beautiful sights in the world.
The tennis program was
something that I am proud to be a part of. The hard work and dedicated
approach was something I had been used to but not to this extent. The
competition was much tougher that I thought it would be. This year my
position on the team was No 3 however, I did have the opportunity to gain
valuable experience in the No 1 and No 2 spots.
After coming home in June, and
being in contact with my high school friends, I definitely feel that I
have made the right decision. I feel as though I am one step ahead of them
and think that being away from home has made me grow up faster than
expected which I don't think is a bad thing. The university experience
enables you to learn more about yourself and life.
In closing, I would like to
tell all the people who are thinking of pursuing a similar path as myself,
that I would highly recommend it. It is an experience of a lifetime and
one that I would not change for anything. Once again John, without your
efforts, I am absolutely sure that I would not have the chance to
experience what I have done so far, even if some were ones that I would
rather forget. You have opened up new doors in my life.
Ryan O'Keefe - Tennis - Alabama
I like to say thank you very
much to John Hocknull for giving me this great opportunity of life
experience. Just being away from home to the other side of the world can
be heard, time to time, but I have learnt a lot and never had so much fun
in my life compared to this year.
Also I like to say to those
people who are thinking about taking this opportunity. You should take it
as what John Hocknull have said that this one time life experience that
you might ever get in your lift. Sport is just really big in United States
and it'll be a waste not to take this opportunity, but is also up to
yourself o how to make this opportunity the best ever. Thank you once
Yenny Njoo - Tennis - California
From the moment I boarded the
plan till today, I have never looked back with any regrets just happiness
of the opportunity I had to attend such a fantastic University.
The facilities of the college
are fantastic and all my thoughts of being a student athlete here in
America have far exceeded my expectations. My experiences in everyday life
has been most interesting and I have learnt a lot from the different style
of living. The university is very large and I have never seen so many
people on a campus which at first was daunting but after a couple of days
I just felt like every other athlete. When choosing my college I chose not
to visit America but instead to research about the different colleges and
choose this one because it suited my sport and desired academic studies.
For all your future College
Prospects of America clients I give one piece of advice. Follow your heart
and you will choose the college best suited to you and your needs. That's
what I did and I know I am in for the best four years of my lift. Thank
you to the College Prospects of America for giving me this wonderful
opportunity and the support to get me here.
Liz Philp - Swimming - Tennessee
I wanted to tell you how I was
doing and to say thanks for recommending the college and doing such a
great job of getting me where I am today. Thanks again John and have a
happy new year.
Damon Lucht - Tennis - California
Thank you to you and your
organisation for providing such a service. We would never have been
confident enough to send our daughter overseas without your help and
knowledge. After the last minute panics (which you were able to calm us)
of late postage from USA and the visas only arriving a couple of days
before the final departure date, everything went very smoothly.
She is the first Australian
basketballer to be recruited and the first foreigner since 1980. The
coaches had trouble with the "lingo" but were pleased with her
attitude and ability. She has been in the starting five which is unusual
for a freshman and was player of the week in December. We feel that the
level of conference play was right for Isabel.
Isabel is really enjoying her
studies, playing and being an Aussie in the USA She has a host family who
invite her out and help her to settle in. Her coaches send us newspaper
articles and videos of her games so we are well informed. We are able to
listen to her games live on the internet so we are almost there with her.
Isabel really loves this
opportunity and has really appreciated the chance to fulfil her dreams of
going to the USA. There is nothing of this type of scholarship in
Australia and her basketball would have suffered if she had stayed in
Australia. She has had the chance to develop all her basketball skills,
see a new country and meet new people while studying.. Thank you again
Isabel Stubbs - Basketball - Montana
I have a lot of appreciation
for John Hocknull and CPOA for assisting my efforts in obtaining a
position in the American college system. I appreciate his efforts and have
great pleasure in thanking him personally.,
I began studying in America
back in August 1996 and have thoroughly enjoyed myself since day one. Two
years on and my tennis is in the best position I could have imagined at my
age. My grades are consistently strong and two years from now I will have
a Business and Economics degree which in the eyes of Australian employers
does have a strong impact.
I have been asked many time
about my experiences in the American University system and I can't say
anything less thank I am having the time of my life. I have spoked to
other Australian students in America and although a few them have found
the change very difficult to handle, I have concluded that the American
experiences in only what you make of it yourself.
You have to remember the two
most important reasons you are in America in the first place. To study and
to be an athlete .... if these are not your tope two priorities while in
the US you will struggle in the long run. You are on your own and you have
to work hard if you want to enjoy the benefits.
The most important decision you
will make will be where you want to play.... Once John Hocknull and his
great services gave me the opportunity to decide between many scholarship
offers from various universities the narrowing down process had to be my
If I had any final advice to
anyone who is looking at the American University system as an option to
extend their education and athletic ability, I would simply so; go for it,
expect anything, be open minded, and be willing to make friends with any
and many people as you can because with your family and friends about
10,000 miles away (or a very expensive phone call) you are going to need
these people to turn to. And don't think that you will not get homesick,
because you will, everyone does. No mater how close or distant you are to
your family and friends you will miss them.
Remember the experience is only
what you make of it yourself. So go for it and good luck.