Phoenix 5: International

Boris Nimcevic: Subotica, Serbia

Q: What is something you wish they had in Glenville that they have back home?

A: Healthier foods, in Serbia are food is straight out of
the garden.

Q: Why did you come to Glenville?

A: I came to get my degree, I wanted an education and the
only way to get one was to play sports. I decided on track and ended up running
track and cross country.

Q: What is something you like about the U.S?

A: I like the opportunities to be successful; in the U.S.
you can be whatever you dream to be. The economy in Serbia is bad, unemployment
is at 25% and it seems like we are in a war every 10 years.

Q: What is your most memorial experience in the U.S?

A: My most memorial experience would have to be receiving all
my academic and athletic awards.

Q: What is the most awkward moment you have had in the U.S?

A: My first day in the U.S, I landed in DC and missed my
plane to Beckley. I didn’t speak any English and couldn’t call the coach to
tell her I wouldn’t be at the airport. I had to call my friend back home and
tell her what had happened and have her call the coach for me.

Stefani Gladders: Alberta, Canada

Q: What is something you wish they had in Glenville that you have back home?

A: Definitely hockey, I absolutely love it. My favorite team is the Edmonton Oilers, and my
favorite player, Ryan Smythe, is a part of that team.

Q: Why did you come to Glenville?

A: I only wanted to come to the states for sports, mainly volleyball.

Q: What is something you like about the U.S. that’s different than back home?

A: The scenery of West Virginia is beautiful; it’s different than anything back home. Other
than that, I would say frozen yogurt, we have it back home but we don’t have
near as many toppings or flavors to choose from.

Q: What is the most awkward moment you’ve had in the U.S.?

A: Last year I got pulled over driving my friends’ car and almost got a ticket. Thankfully,
she was in the backseat and he just wrote her the ticket.

Q: What’s something you wish the U.S. would change to make it feel more like home?

A: I wish the states had a lower drinking age like Canada, in Canada it is believed that
if you are a legal adult (18), able to vote, and die for your country than you
should be able to have a beer.

Jelena Elez: Novi Sad, Vojuodina

Q: What is something you wish they had in Glenville that you have back home?

A: I wish they had café’s, back home they have them just to stop in and get a break, and
just associate with people.

Q: Why did you come to Glenville?

A: I came to Glenville because of basketball from my junior college.

Q: If you have one, where is your host family located?

A: I don’t really have a host family; I have a person in Missouri that really cares about
me so I stay up there sometimes since that is where I played at my junior
college. I met her because she was a big fan of my junior college team. Fans there
loved talking to players so I always tried to take time out after games to go
talk to people in the stands and she was one of them, we talked and got very
close, since then she loves me like her child.

Q: What is something you like about the U.S that’s different than back home?

A: The main thing I like and the reason I came to the U.S. is the opportunities for
success. I feel that in the U.S. what you work for is what you get. Hard work
here really pays off and people appreciate it. Back at home, it’s hard to find
a job and there it’s more about who you know than what you know.

Q: What is your most memorable moment since you’ve been here?

A: I can’t really point out one specific thing. I’m just very appreciative of people I met
and the coaches that gave me a chance to better myself. The people who have
supported still to this day mean a lot to me. When I think about memorable
moments I just think about those little things that made me work harder and
made me feel at home.

Q: What is your most awkward moment since you’ve been in the U.S?

A: Definitely my freshman year when I didn’t know how to use American change and I would
always let my friends count it out. Ordering food was a big problem because I
never knew if the employee could hear me or if they would think to themselves, “where
is this girl from? I can’t understand a word she is saying.” Sometimes I was
scared people would think I was dumb or undereducated because not every knew I
was foreign.

Dejana Ludoski: Belgrade, Serbia

Q: What is something you wish they had in Glenville that you have back home?

A: In Belgrade, my hometown there are so many places to go out and have fun like
coffee shops, bars, clubs, and very nice restaurants. Here in Glenville, I can only
find a couple of places to go out to and honestly those places are very nice. I
feel if there were more places it would make Glenville a more popular and
outgoing place.

Q: Why did you come to Glenville?

A: I came to Glenville simply because of my full ride scholarship. Also, Glenville is so
small that there are only two things to focus on; play volleyball and study, which
are my two main priorities. The fact that my junior college was flat because it
was located in central Illinois coming here was definitely something different
and that’s exactly what I wanted.

Q: Do you have a host family and where are they from?

A: I do have a host family that I really like. I actually met them two years ago and since
then I have spent every holiday and every break with them. Unfortunately, they
live in Illinois so we don’t get to see each other often, but I talk to them
almost every day. My host parents have a daughter and she is 13 and I love
spending time with her. I am an only child so having her is like having a
sister I never had.

Q: What is something you like about the U.S. that’s different than back home?

A: I like how people here are so calm and laid back. In Serbia, people are always working
and everyone is going faster. In the United States, life is lived a little bit
slower, at least in Glenville it is. Americans live their lives for themselves,
while others don’t which is a totally different style of life here than in
Europe.

Q: What is your most memorable moment since you’ve been here?

A: There are a lot of moments I will always remember, but the times that I spent with my
volleyball team are definitely the most memorable. We live together, practice
together, and we spend most of our time together. Also, spending holidays with
my host family is a great experience and great moments I will always remember.

 

Q: What is your most awkward moment since you’ve been here?

A: When I first came to the U.S. my English was very poor so most of the time I didn’t
understand what people were trying to tell me. There were a couple of
situations where I didn’t know what people were trying to tell me, so I always
did the opposite of what I should’ve. It was just embarrassing and people would
make fun of me.


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