For freshman Cansu Günaydin, volleyball is household whether or not it is again house in Istanbul, Turkey or “On The Banks” of the outdated Raritan at Rutgers.
Your complete Günaydin household has been consuming, sleeping and respiratory volleyball. Each her dad and mom performed for Turkish nationwide groups, her twin brother performs for a high-level membership staff again house and Günaydin’s aunt was her first volleyball coach instilling the primary bits of volleyball information that has made her profitable to at the present time.
Now Günaydin has prolonged her volleyball household to incorporate the Scarlet Knights with a bond that started earlier than even arriving at Rutgers.
“Once I was nonetheless in Turkey, we talked quite a bit about faculty, our staff and had group or one-on-one conferences,” she recalled after signing with the squad. “We talked about all the pieces – from staff guidelines to present occasions to serving to me select my main and their experiences in faculty.”
“I like everybody,” she stated. “Everyone makes me motivated me on the court docket. Off the court docket, we hang around and discuss our cultures and international locations. “
One in all seven worldwide student-athletes on the roster, Günaydin famous, “We’re so totally different, however on the similar time so linked”.
Her sentiments additionally prolong to the teaching workers.
“I like them,” she gushed. “Through the observe, they’re all the time getting me suggestions and so they need us to be actually aggressive on the court docket. They love to coach and have a mixture of each American and European kinds. They need us to be one of the best we might be and are all the time useful and constructive.”
Coming to America was one thing Günaydin was striving for since she was younger.
“It was a dream and now I am so pleased,” she beamed when speaking about coming to america. “I selected Rutgers due to the staff and the teaching workers and naturally, the educational facet.”
Like most worldwide college students, the power to mix the love of sport and teachers was an enormous attraction to Günadyin, however the help companies Rutgers additionally supplies have been additionally one thing that attracted this outdoors hitter to make her strategy to New Jersey.
“I feel the largest distinction is the significance given to the athletes,” she stated of the variations between enjoying in her native Turkey and her new house at Rutgers. “Restoration, remedy, vitamin, psychological well being periods, all these instruments are perfect for athletes.”
Whereas Günaydin’s main is at present undecided, she is contemplating psychology and considering changing into a sports activities psychologist and dealing on psychological well being initiatives with athletes. She is also trying to incorporate her love of pictures into her schooling.
“I like taking photos,” she stated. “Once I go outdoors, I am all the time taking photos of bushes, the climate, buildings or something of the place I go to.”
Günaydin has loved exploring and taking pictures round campus, together with her favourite spot “The Yard” on School Ave., and has even discovered somewhat little bit of house in New Brunswick discovering some off-campus spots that serve Turkish meals.
In the meantime, she’s additionally anticipating her first contest on the court docket for the Scarlet Knights.
“I’ve watched some groups and they’re actually good,” she stated of her impression of the Large Ten. “They’re actually tall and so they all soar and block very effectively.”
The Large Ten needs to be impressed with this Scarlet Knights too. A six-time member of Turkey’s nationwide groups, Günaydin has made appearances on the European Championships and European Youth Olympic Pageant.
The respect, nevertheless, she’s most pleased with – being named staff captain of her nation’s nationwide staff.
As she waits to make her Rutgers debut and sees the nation’s high convention up shut and private, Günaydin makes use of among the sage knowledge she’s realized all through her profession and presumably right into a future as a sports activities psychologist. She pointed to a tattoo on her left shoulder.
“It says ‘all the pieces occurs for a purpose’,” she famous. “You do not have to be a perfectionist, however it’s essential to be disciplined, affected person and bold. You must be ready.”
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