This is the time of year many high school graduates head off to college. It’s not always an easy thing to leave friends and family behind. That’s what happened with many soccer players at Iowa Lakes as they began their college careers.
As the soccer season wound down this past year, the sophomore soccer players were honored for their time at Iowa Lakes and were asked to share their stories – which, in a way, may inspire those who will be going through this now.
Upon arrival, Daniel Ramirez, wasn’t sold on Iowa Lakes.
“I told my dad we should go back – ‘I don’t like it here,’” Ramirez revealed during the wrap-up of the season.
But things changed for him.
“My experience here at Iowa Lakes has been really amazing,” he said. “Times have been hard … but the staff and personnel have made it way easier for me so I want to thank them.”
Victor Cruz also started off with some doubts.
“I truly didn't think I would last that long… some days I thought of just packing my stuff and leaving for home,” Cruz said. “I’m pleased to say that I made the correct decision of staying here.”
Thomas Carbonari was looking for his path in life when deciding where to attend to college.
“Before I came here, I was passing through a tough time,” Carbonari said. “I was tired of friends, family, and even tired of myself.”
Becoming a Laker was exactly what he needed.
“Iowa Lakes gave my life a new direction… I met wonderful people who helped me to be more positive and confident in myself,” he said.
For Ruud Boijseauneau, Iowa Lakes was a great milestone.
“Playing for Iowa Lakes has been one of the greatest moments in my life,” Boijseauneau said. “Being a part of the Laker family is something I will never forget.”
Tom Boe’s experience has made him very appreciative.
“I'd like to say thank you to all of the faculty, my coaches, and my teammates for making my experience so positive,” Boe said.
These athletes have the privilege to say they were a part of a team.
“…I am part of a team, and will forever be a Laker,” he said.
Sophomore soccer students were honored at the last home game in 2011. Each student was asked to have someone – who was important in their life – to escort them onto the pitch as their stories were read to the crowd