By Jadyn Steffen--Lucia Kruize made the bold choice to come to college in the United States, leaving behind her parents Lisa and Peter and her older sister Freja. The 20-year-old freshman came to Morningside University from Kulhuse, Denmark on a soccer scholarship.
She has had to make some big adjustments to the American lifestyle. “The food and the way people talk is way different than back home,” Kruize said. “I mean, the people here are very sweet and more friendly, but back home we care way more about our environment.”
When it comes to college in general Lucia says, ”I think college back home would be much harder. We don’t get graded on attendance and it’s extremely difficult to get A’s in Denmark. I think I know of one person who graduated high school with straight A’s, so I’m glad I chose to come here especially due to all the friends I’ve been able to make.”
On top of pushing for good grades Lucia is a college athlete. She says, ”Soccer takes up a lot of my time, but I love being a part of a team. Without them I don’t think I would have very much of a social life.”
Before her time here Lucia played club soccer since she was just four-years-old! In Denmark they actually don’t offer college soccer, it’s just ‘club.’”
Kruize says overall, “Moving to Sioux City has been a great experience, but hard on me. It’s so difficult trying to accommodate the time-change to keep in contact with my family and I really miss my hometown and friends. I always feel like I’m missing out on things, but I’m happy to have great memories here.”