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Brett JonesBrett Jones

Junior
Sport Management Major
England

Q. How long have you been in the U.S.?

A. Two years this August, I came here on a scholarship for Soccer. I go home twice a year at Christmas time and on summer break.

Q. What are some of the challenges that you have experienced as an international student?

A. Being away from home, the cultural differences, and having to learn to cook, clean, etc. I am from Nottingham, where there are lots of shops, trams, cars, trains, and taxis and night life. When I arrived here to the smallest airport, I was expecting a city to appear. There was no city. I am used to going out at night. The drinking age is 18 there. The food is way different. I am used to my mom’s cooking. Here, there is a lot of fast food, which I am not a fan of.

Q. What suggestions do you have for RSU in better serving students from other countries?

A. They need a place for international students and non international students to meet. I have made a lot of American friends that will be my friends for life. People ask me a lot of questions about England, so maybe offer international courses. They could widen on an international perspective.

Q. What are some of the experiences that you will take back with you to England?

A. People here at RSU are the friendliest people I will ever meet. People have supported me and I know they have my back. If you look over the countryside, it is so unbelievably pretty. I am also not used to people being so religious, so I will probably take that back with me as well.

Q. What have been your favorite and least favorite American experiences?

A. My favorite is meeting and learning new cultures, and living a different lifestyle. My least favorite thing is living in a small town. I miss the city at home and going out night and day in a lively atmosphere.

Q. What are your plans for the future?

A. To return home in pursuit of a sporting career, whether it is on or off the field.