The Beginning

It’s been a month and a half since I finally touched down in America and began my college journey at JCC in Olean. I met my roommate and teammates on the Jaguars men’s basketball, and I’ve started to settle into the lifestyle a student-athlete lives: plenty of late nights cramming and finishing homework or studies and early mornings with Coach and the team. It’s getting real now! I am living the dream I set for myself several years ago and what I have based my life around for these past several years. It’s funny; I speak to my friends and family back home and frequently tell them it feels like I’ll be home next week! But then I think about how long it truly is until our final weeks of school in May, and I wonder if maybe it hasn’t fully hit me yet or if it even will. Guess I’ll have to keep myself occupied and busy, and wait for the time to pass. Before I know it I’ll be done and on my way home, but I know I have plenty of things to achieve before that day comes and I use that to push me forward!

So here is my first of many blogs giving you an insight into the life of an international student out here in Olean. I’m looking forward to the weeks to come; stay tuned!

About the author

Daniel Strong

Hi, my name is Daniel Strong. I'm an international student athlete from Melbourne, Australia. I'm studying physical education and sports coaching here on the Cattaraugus County Campus of Jamestown Community College. It's been an emotional roller coaster ride getting to JCC, and I can't wait to share my experiences as I balance school, basketball training, and living on my own in a completely different country.