Alex Henderson was a visiting scholar at the San Diego State University and joined OMBAC Rugby during his 2013-2014 tenure. Read and share his memories, experiences, and lessons learned.
Rugby became acutely connected with my social scene and also impacted my academics in positive ways I couldn’t have imagined. I was able to choose my co-curricular which I decided would be surfing – where else could I choose surfing as a module! The people I met at San Diego State University were mostly from my accommodation or in my classes where group projects aided the initial awkward stage of being one of the only foreigners in the class. The people in my accommodation, some were also international exchanges students which were very like-minded and many were interesting students from all over the US.
I strongly believe my time in San Diego was enhanced greatly by the Santander Mobility Grant. The Santander Mobility student grant allowed my studies and practice of rugby in San Diego to be the most incredible and enriching experience of my life. It was undoubtedly an unforgettable once in a life time opportunity that took me to places, introduced me to people, and cultural experiences in one of the most definitively beautiful parts of the United States – I cannot describe how grateful I am. Thank you with great kindness and humble gratitude.
Written by: Alex Henderson
Graphic Design: Shane Moise