South of the Border
By Christopher Hann
You grew up in Mexico and attended one year of junior college in San Diego. How did you end up at Drew?
When I went to San Diego, I told [my guidance counselor] I wanted to go to the East Coast. Since my high school was really small—300 students—she told me that maybe Drew would be a nice option for me.
You were the Landmark Conference Rookie of the Year and made second-team All-Conference. How did you adapt to this level of competition?
I wasn’t used to practice. In Mexico they just play games. When I came here, it was a little different because I had to train every day and play two games a week. I got weaker as the season went on.
What were your first impressions of New York City?
It’s a really nice city. I was really impressed. Mexico City has way more people with cars. In New York, a lot of people don’t drive.
What were your favorite courses your first year at Drew?
Macroeconomics and French. I’m trying to learn French.
How’s that going?
It’s really hard, but I’m getting there.
How do you stay in touch with your parents in Mexico?
I send them messages or emails when I can. I talk to them on the phone or on Skype, like, three times a month. They are proud of me because I’m really far away from home.
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