22 Sep

Two Serb friends of mine were kind enough to send me their thoughts on the USA. I hope to have to many more. Thanks boys! It’s great to hear opinions and thoughts on your own country. Sometimes it takes a foreigner to point out things that you take for granted.

Luka is a Serb from Pancevo, Serbia. He had the opportunity to travel to Louisiana last school year. He is one smart Serb. He made a video about his opinions of my country. Check it out.. is his story……

“I went to America as an exchange student via PAX Organization. I contacted a representative from Belgrade, filled out all the applications and a few months later I was accepted. 10 of us from Serbia and Montenegro went to New York. There we’ve spent a week for the orientation and then each and every one of us flew to their host families. I went to Shreveport, Louisiana. It is mid-sized city located between Dallas and New Orleans. That was my first time in America so I had no clue whether or not the people are gonna like me or not especially because I’m coming from Serbia. I was happy when I found out how friendly the Americans are and I couldn’t believe that probably 99% of people never heard of Serbia. Most of them confused it with Siberia. Lol. At first it was hard to ajust to being so dependent on cars since there’s no public transportation in the US nor you can walk anywhere cause everything is so spread out. The schools in America are much easier compared to Serbia because you can pick 4 classes a semester and that’s it while in Serbia you gotta take up to 15 classes. In my American school I was able to teach to teachers and the entire classes about many different topics including the history of the Balkans which they found to be cool. I enjoyed my stay in America and made many new friends who will come for a visit one day. I traveled to Missouri, Arkansas, Houston, New Orleans, New York etc. I love America and I’ll definitely come back soon. I believe that if our two countries would collaborate more no one would be able to stop us grin

Marko is a Serb that attended the college beside my hometown! Lake Land College contacted me about  my equipment donations for Serbia. They mentioned that two Serbs were currently enrolled in athletic programs through Lake Land. I wrote to both of them and they were kind enough to write me back. He is a 6’6 Serb with some awesome basketball talent. Check out his highlight video… Here is his story…..

“How i got started:
I had heard from my fiends that there is a agency who helps people ( players) to find school in US. So I decided to go to the agency, and to talk to them about the program and everything that they have to do for finding a college in US for me. I went to two agencies to see how each one works and I decided one of them. The one that was helping me had really nice people who were working there. I explained them my problem, and what i want. I told them that I want full scholarship, job and everything else was as we agreed. Also I did pay money and it was a good amount of money. Was a lot for me, but I payed first half for signing contract, and second half after they find me school actually when i got I-20 from school. everything was ok. They did find school for me and I went to LLC to study for two years.

..Before I got to US I didn’t know a lot about different culture, college basketball or anything similar to this. My biggest dream was to play basketball somewhere in a college. My dream came true two years ago when I come to US. I will never forget my first time when I traveled to US. That experience was unforgettable. By the time when I was flying to US I had a long trip over Belgrade, Ljubljana,Paris, Dublin and finally Chicago where my assistant coach was waiting to pick me up and take me to Mattoon. After three hours drive from Chicago to small city Mattoon on south side of Illinois I arrived to finale destination. Here we are Matton about 25.000 people nice and quiet place with beautiful Lake Land college campus. Lake Land College is one of most beautiful junior college schools in US where i spend 2 years of great experience. My first year was kind a tough for me because of my lack of English. With hard studying, and with help of the other people I started learning English. I remember that i was studying English every day so hard, so that i didn’t have a time to hang out with other friends. After few months I started speak English that people were wowed how good i can speak. People that i have met in US were very nice and kind to me. I never seen people who willing to help, and smiling that much as people in US. Practicing working, and studying are three things that filled my every day. We almost have practice every day two times, plus three classes, and work not easy but really worth to sacrifice yourself for better life, and learning new things. .Now I have the best experience from US in my life. I will never forget it for sure. Of course people that I met and people who were there to help me in my hardest moments they always going to be deep in my heart. God bless everybody there. I can say that Im caring the best memories from US with me.:”

Thanks, Marko.. Glad you had a great time in my state!!!

I might be working with a non-profit organization that helps Serbs find athletic scholarships. I will keep you informed.

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