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Just want to thank you once again for all the things you have done to get me into college. You were a really big help. The people are very friendly and for some reason they seem to like Australians. Life can be very exciting at times because of the things that happen differently compared to home.

Zelman Tan - Baseball - New Mexico

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all the hard work you have done and made the experience of going to a University in the US happen for me. When I look back I would never have thought that I would be now playing the sport I love in a Division I College in the United States. It is a dream come true for me.

This experience so far has been one that I will never forget. It all started when I arrived in Georgia, a week before college started. The temperature was getting to zero at times and I arrived with no luggage and my flight was 2 hours late. What a start! That would have been the worst week of my life. When I eventually got my luggage and moved into the dorms things got better by the day. Once I started classes I was totally oblivious to what had happened in the past week.

The culture shock was something that I was totally unprepared for. I have had the opportunity to learn about a totally different culture. I have travelled to places that I never knew existed and seen some of the most beautiful sights in the world.

The tennis program was something that I am proud to be a part of. The hard work and dedicated approach was something I had been used to but not to this extent. The competition was much tougher that I thought it would be. This year my position on the team was No 3 however, I did have the opportunity to gain valuable experience in the No 1 and No 2 spots.

After coming home in June, and being in contact with my high school friends, I definitely feel that I have made the right decision. I feel as though I am one step ahead of them and think that being away from home has made me grow up faster than expected which I don't think is a bad thing. The university experience enables you to learn more about yourself and life.

In closing, I would like to tell all the people who are thinking of pursuing a similar path as myself, that I would highly recommend it. It is an experience of a lifetime and one that I would not change for anything. Once again John, without your efforts, I am absolutely sure that I would not have the chance to experience what I have done so far, even if some were ones that I would rather forget. You have opened up new doors in my life.

Ryan O'Keefe - Tennis - Alabama

I like to say thank you very much to John Hocknull for giving me this great opportunity of life experience. Just being away from home to the other side of the world can be heard, time to time, but I have learnt a lot and never had so much fun in my life compared to this year.

Also I like to say to those people who are thinking about taking this opportunity. You should take it as what John Hocknull have said that this one time life experience that you might ever get in your lift. Sport is just really big in United States and it'll be a waste not to take this opportunity, but is also up to yourself o how to make this opportunity the best ever. Thank you once again.

Yenny Njoo - Tennis - California

From the moment I boarded the plan till today, I have never looked back with any regrets just happiness of the opportunity I had to attend such a fantastic University.

The facilities of the college are fantastic and all my thoughts of being a student athlete here in America have far exceeded my expectations. My experiences in everyday life has been most interesting and I have learnt a lot from the different style of living. The university is very large and I have never seen so many people on a campus which at first was daunting but after a couple of days I just felt like every other athlete. When choosing my college I chose not to visit America but instead to research about the different colleges and choose this one because it suited my sport and desired academic studies.

For all your future College Prospects of America clients I give one piece of advice. Follow your heart and you will choose the college best suited to you and your needs. That's what I did and I know I am in for the best four years of my lift. Thank you to the College Prospects of America for giving me this wonderful opportunity and the support to get me here.

Liz Philp - Swimming - Tennessee

I wanted to tell you how I was doing and to say thanks for recommending the college and doing such a great job of getting me where I am today. Thanks again John and have a happy new year.

Damon Lucht - Tennis - California

Thank you to you and your organisation for providing such a service. We would never have been confident enough to send our daughter overseas without your help and knowledge. After the last minute panics (which you were able to calm us) of late postage from USA and the visas only arriving a couple of days before the final departure date, everything went very smoothly.

She is the first Australian basketballer to be recruited and the first foreigner since 1980. The coaches had trouble with the "lingo" but were pleased with her attitude and ability. She has been in the starting five which is unusual for a freshman and was player of the week in December. We feel that the level of conference play was right for Isabel.

Isabel is really enjoying her studies, playing and being an Aussie in the USA She has a host family who invite her out and help her to settle in. Her coaches send us newspaper articles and videos of her games so we are well informed. We are able to listen to her games live on the internet so we are almost there with her.

Isabel really loves this opportunity and has really appreciated the chance to fulfil her dreams of going to the USA. There is nothing of this type of scholarship in Australia and her basketball would have suffered if she had stayed in Australia. She has had the chance to develop all her basketball skills, see a new country and meet new people while studying.. Thank you again John

Isabel Stubbs - Basketball - Montana

I have a lot of appreciation for John Hocknull and CPOA for assisting my efforts in obtaining a position in the American college system. I appreciate his efforts and have great pleasure in thanking him personally.,

I began studying in America back in August 1996 and have thoroughly enjoyed myself since day one. Two years on and my tennis is in the best position I could have imagined at my age. My grades are consistently strong and two years from now I will have a Business and Economics degree which in the eyes of Australian employers does have a strong impact.

I have been asked many time about my experiences in the American University system and I can't say anything less thank I am having the time of my life. I have spoked to other Australian students in America and although a few them have found the change very difficult to handle, I have concluded that the American experiences in only what you make of it yourself.

You have to remember the two most important reasons you are in America in the first place. To study and to be an athlete .... if these are not your tope two priorities while in the US you will struggle in the long run. You are on your own and you have to work hard if you want to enjoy the benefits.

The most important decision you will make will be where you want to play.... Once John Hocknull and his great services gave me the opportunity to decide between many scholarship offers from various universities the narrowing down process had to be my own decision.

If I had any final advice to anyone who is looking at the American University system as an option to extend their education and athletic ability, I would simply so; go for it, expect anything, be open minded, and be willing to make friends with any and many people as you can because with your family and friends about 10,000 miles away (or a very expensive phone call) you are going to need these people to turn to. And don't think that you will not get homesick, because you will, everyone does. No mater how close or distant you are to your family and friends you will miss them.

Remember the experience is only what you make of it yourself. So go for it and good luck.

Darin Curral - Tennis - Idaho