Greetings from the United Kingdom!

Hey guys!

My name is Sam Crocker and I’ll be joining the college this fall as freshman to study Business Administration or Communications. I will also be part of the men’s soccer team. The thing that probably sets me apart from the average Saint Rose student is that I will be travelling all the way from England to go to college! This means that I haven’t grown up in an environment that has taught me how US college works and so I will be speaking to you as someone who is learning what college is like as they go along! Sure, there will be some similarities with British education but I’m expecting plenty of interesting differences too and I’m looking forward to sharing them all with you.

What’s even stranger is that I have never even visited Albany or The College of Saint Rose before, so you will be seeing Saint Rose through the eyes of somebody with hardly any preconceptions or expectations. I’d like my blog to be something that shows others who are unsure of what college is like to understand what is involved and what it is like to be a student-athlete.

Expect to find some posts educational and enlightening as I share my view of college with you but I would anticipate even more will make you think “How did he not know that?!” or “They don’t have that in England?!” Whatever your reaction, I always intend to make whatever I post interesting and entertaining.

I hope everyone enjoys their summer as much as I’m planning to and I look forward to posting to you again shortly!

  10 comments for “Greetings from the United Kingdom!

  1. Jennifer
    June 11, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    Hi Sam – I’m a Saint Rose Alumni (Class of 1992) as well as will be on the national board of directors of the Alumni Association come this fall, and will be looking forward to your posts. The first question that came to mind from seeing your blog was if you have not visited Albany/St. Rose, then how did you come to the decision that you wanted to go there? I hope you enjoy both Albany & Saint Rose and feel free to contact me with any questions you may have about either!

    • Sam Crocker
      June 11, 2012 at 11:43 AM

      Hello Jennifer, thanks very much for the kind welcome. I began with a vision around 4 years ago now that I wanted to attend college in the States, when it came to choosing a college I came up with approximately 5 criteria; the quality and breadth of education, culture and quality of athletics department (especially men’s soccer), size of college, quality of school outside of the study room and finally location. Saint Rose suited each of these factors virtually perfectly for me. However what really made Saint Rose stand out for me was the friendly, helpful and visionary approach taken by the staff and students from Saint Rose, that I have spoken to so far. From my soccer coaches to the international staff and every department in between (plus the students that I have spoken to over Facebook) everyone has been fantastic. Obviously this is a big move in my life but I don’t think I could feel safer than with the Saint Rose community. If you’d like to talk to me about my choice in more detail or anything else then I would be happy to speak with you.

  2. June 11, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Hi Sam. I too am a (proud) Saint Rose Alumni (Class of 1992) and along with Jennifer, wanted to welcome you to Saint Rose and Albany. I wanted to leave a brief post because one of my favorite professors at Saint Rose: Dr. Margaret Scheppach, mentored and inspired me to do something similar to what you are doing, only in reverse! I moved to London in 2001-2, and lived there again in 2007-8, and it has since become my second home, and a city I truly love. I was working on book on the British composer, Sir Michael Tippett, whose music you might know. While you are in Albany, I would encourage you to go hear the Albany Symphony Orchestra, one of the premiere ensembles in the area, if not in the country. They have an outstanding conductor, David Alan Miller, who make the music, especially contemporary music, leap of the page. There are many great things about St. Rose and the Albany area and I hope you enjoy it all. Good luck and feel free to contact me if you need recommendations.

    • Sam Crocker
      June 11, 2012 at 1:55 PM

      Hi Thomas and thanks for the welcome. London certainly is a great city and somewhere I think I’d like to live at some point during my life. I’m glad you liked England, it’s such a great place to live. I will make sure to visit the Albany Symphony Orchestra at some point during my stay, thanks very much for the tip! I really appreciate the support and look forward to perhaps conversing with you again in the future.

  3. Courtney C
    June 11, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Welcome to the blog team! I hope you like Albany once you arrive state side and Saint Rose really is an amazing school. I am a double major in Communications (journalism and PR) so feel free to ask me about the department if you need help deciding.

    • Sam Crocker
      June 11, 2012 at 1:57 PM

      Thanks Courtney! I may contact you at some point as it would be helpful when deciding on my major. I found your Cribs episode very useful by the way so thank you! Happy blogging!

  4. Myles Clendenin
    June 11, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    Hey Sam!! Welcome to the Blog Team! I enjoyed reading your blog!! I hope you enjoy your summer and I cant wait to read more of your blogs!!

    • Sam Crocker
      June 11, 2012 at 3:54 PM

      Hey Miles, cheers for the good words. I remember reading about you from some previous blogs… I get the impression you are some kind of blogging guru? Perhaps I can get some tips some time! I hope your summer is great too!

      • Kayla Germain
        June 12, 2012 at 10:08 AM

        Haha every time Myles is doing a video he starts with, “Hi! I’m Myles, Saint Rose blogger.” So “guru” is a good fit. 😉

  5. Don & Craig
    August 14, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    Hey Sam.

    Do you remember us?

    You visited our apartment in Tampa, Florida when your Aunt Caroline stayed with us for a month.

    You kept saying ‘I’m called Sam’, and doing your country accent of ‘Howdy Partner’. It was sooo funny.

    Congratulations on the move to the USA. I hope you do well in your studies.

    Say hi sometime.

    Don

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