Let's tell another story, let's tell another experience. Martina Faietti speaks.
WHO I AM | "I completed my three-year degree in Agricultural and Food Sciences and Technologies in 2017 at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. I then decided to continue my education abroad to learn the English language and face an international experience alone. My greatest passion, volleyball, gave me the opportunity to get a sports scholarship in the United States and to be able to combine sport and study. I started my adventure in the States in the summer of 2018 at the University of Memphis, where I embarked on a master's degree in Nutrition Science. Having arrived as a senior by age, I was only able to play in the Memphis Tigers for a year. In my second year at Memphis, I received a scholarship for academic merits and they offered me a job as a Graduate Assistant in the Health Studies department. I finished all of my exams in Fall 2019 and now I have been in Italy since December. In these months I will devote myself to writing the thesis and in May I will return to Memphis to complete my degree." ”
AMERICAN DREAM | "It was a positive experience, certainly very demanding but with great satisfaction. Going to college in the States has helped grow and empower me. I believed in my abilities and that led me to achieve my goals. I am very happy with this experience and the opportunity I have had, it has always been a dream of mine to be able to play volleyball at an American college and obtain an International Master's degree."”
STUDY AND SPORT | “The most difficult moment was when I arrived because a lot of commitments overlapped in a short time. The volleyball season started in the Fall semester so the preparation was very intense on a physical level, and this all began in a completely new environment for me. Thanks to my organizational skills I managed to balance the two things but it was very demanding both physically and mentally. When you start to get into the rhythm and learn how to approach being a student-athlete, everything becomes more manageable. In my opinion, the important thing is to have perseverance and put effort into it."”
SPORTLINX360 | “Sportlinx360 has supported me a lot especially in the early stages of my career, putting me in contact with various American universities. In addition, Jesica and Elitza were of fundamental help at the bureaucratic level in preparing the documents before departure. Once I arrived, I managed all the relationships with the University independently, but they have always been available in case I needed them. ”
ITALY VS USA | “Having also graduated in Italy, I have an understanding of how the University works both here and in America. First of all, in America sport is glorified much more than here, a student-athlete is recognized as an important figure for the image of the University and everyone is interested in your sports career, even the professors. While in Italy, sport and study are two separate worlds, very often considered as two parallel lines that cannot be crossed if one wants to be successful in one of the two areas. In contrast, in America, they care about both careers, the quality of each sports team is also assessed as an index of the prestige of the college. Furthermore, unlike the Italian University, my advisor has built a study path based on what I want to do in the future and has given me the opportunity to be part of a project which will soon be published in a scientific magazine. I felt valued because they trusted my abilities and gave me very important responsibilities. I found all the teachers very helpful, even when I had to skip lessons because of away games."”