International Athletes Discuss Home and TCU

April 2, 2013

FORT WORTH, Texas - recently sat down with five student-athletes to get their thoughts on life away from home.

By: Dru Boyd (TCU Media Relations Intern)

Ramone BaileyTrack & Field, Jamaica
Rodolfo BustamanteMen's Tennis, Brazil
Sabine RaschSwimming & Diving, Germany
Orlando Superlano:  Men's Tennis, Venezuela
Lorraine UgenTrack & Field, England

What made you want to come all the way to TCU?

Ramone: The business school is what drew me here and then my visit topped it off with the beautiful campus.

Rodolfo: The opportunity to combine tennis and school. I always wanted to play tennis, but I also know the importance of studying and going to school. Here I can do both at a very good school with great support.

Sabine: I heard great things from a friend and when I got recruiting calls, it just seemed like everybody at TCU was very nice and caring. 

Orlando: The enthusiasm that Coach Roditi had when he recruited me! He made me feel that he wanted to build a new program at TCU. The tennis facility was another thing that I really liked about TCU.

Lorraine: TCU was interested in offering me an athletic scholarship. I looked at the jumpers that they already had and the improvements they had made while in the program, which looked good. I really enjoy film and photography and the Film, TV and Digital media courses looked like the perfect match for me to pursue my athletic and academic careers. 

What is one thing you really miss about home?

Ramone: I miss my culture the most.

Rodolfo: Homemade food.

Sabine: The food!

Orlando: My family and my mom's food.

Lorraine: I miss public transport a lot, which I'm sure people in London wouldn't believe I would say, but I really did take it for granted. 

What is your favorite food here that reminds you of home?

Ramone: There is a great Jamaican restaurant down the street from school. The curried chicken takes me back every time I go there.

Rodolfo: I like the Mexican food here and in particular the rice and beans. Even though it is not the same, it reminds me a little bit of home.

Sabine: Baked potatoes, Kit Kats and M&Ms.

Orlando: I make food here that reminds me of home.

Lorraine: Subway because it tastes the same to me in the UK as it does in the US. The McDonald's in the UK tastes different than the US one and there are a few different items on the menu.

What is your favorite thing about the culture of Fort Worth, or Texas in general, that is different from your hometown?

Ramone: The fact that people ritually wear cowboy boots. 

Rodolfo: The Western style. I really like to be in the "City of the Cowboys". I like the rodeos and things involving the Western culture such as country music. I think it's something unique about Fort Worth. 

Sabine: Texans are so friendly and welcoming!

Orlando: I like the Texas culture: the boots, the hats, and the country music. It is something different for me that I enjoy. For example, I went to the rodeo and it was something totally new for me, but I really enjoyed it.

Lorraine: I like the Southern hospitality here. I was not used to people that I didn't know smiling at me and/or saying hi as they walk past, or opening the door for me. People don't really do that at all in London.

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