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Which university are you planning to attend and what influenced your choice?

I am going to be attending Oakland University, Rochester MI. While looking for schools I wanted to find something that seems comfortable. With OU I really enjoyed the size of school (not too large, not too small), the campus is in a beautiful natural setting but close to larger US cities (Detroit, Chicago, Cleveland, Toronto), the strong relationships with global corporations will benefit my career options, and the most unique part is I was recruited to play Women's Soccer for the school's Division I program and am really excited to work with the new Coaching Staff.

Was there a particular program that interested you when choosing where to apply?

Although I am currently undecided, Oakland has a broad range of programs such as Engineering, Business, and Mandarin. Although many US schools offer these programs, the above combined factors made this one clearly appealing

In your time at Concordia which classes, programs or school related activities helped to support your interest in your major?

There are so many classes at Concordia that help you become interested a specific area of study. Some of my favorites have been Maths, Physics, Social Entrepreneurship, Mandarin, Psychology, Physical Education.

In your opinion, what made your application(s) stand out? 

Although my application was unique in some ways because of the soccer recruitment I think that some of the parts from my application that stood out was education from a rigorous high school, unique developmental path for soccer with my club experiences, relationships built with university coaches, trainers and soccer experts in Shanghai, Michigan and California, and perspective from multiple global living experiences (Shanghai, Germany, California, Michigan).

What excites you most about college life?

What excited me most about college life is the opportunity to live in yet another region (I barely remember the last time I lived in MI), ability to study the topics that interest me most, being able to contribute to the soccer program, benefit from their world-class facilities and staff, and meeting new people from around the world.

From the Counselor

"Kendra has been playing competitive soccer since she was 10 years old and immediately fell in love with the game. She was quickly recognized for her exceptional talent as a soccer player and she has subsequently invested a tremendous amount of time and energy in pursuit of personal excellence as an athlete. Kendra has attended multiple soccer camps outside of China, participated in U.S. Select Team Showcase tournament, and was at point playing on three different soccer teams at the same time. Her relentless dedication to her improvement as a soccer player has led to an offer to play U.S. NCAA Division 1 Soccer at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan next year."

Ben Compton, Concordia high school college counselor   

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