Freshman Spotlight: Philo Ledermann

Philomena Ledermann, who goes by ‘Philo’, has recently joined University of Jamestown as a freshman. Travelling all the way from Regensburg, in Germany, where she has lived all her life, she accepted a scholarship to play soccer as a Jimmie. We asked Philo a number of questions, to get more of an insight on her background and what it is like being a Freshman here at UJ: 

Where is it that you’re from? 

 ‘It’s about 1 and a half hours away from Munich, so it gets very hot in the summer and freezing in Winter, kind of like here’ said Philo.  

Why did you come to the University of Jamestown?  

‘I got the opportunity to play soccer here on a scholarship, so I can choose to stay for 1 year or the full 4 years, but I’m going to play it by ear and see what my bank account allows me.’ 

How long have you been playing soccer?  

‘I’ve been playing since I was 6 years old, so 14 years in total. I played for my school and my club for this length of time. The soccer culture is massive where I live, so I just fell into it through school. I grew up with it playing soccer on the streets with my neighbours when we were younger.’ 

How are you settling in?  

‘Well I’ve been here since the start of August, so I’ve had a bit more time than most freshmen and my teammates gave me such a warm welcome by showing me around campus and easing my nerves.’ 

Have there been any culture shocks for you?  

‘Everything. The food is so much sweeter here, we don’t put ice in our drinks, the legal drinking age is 16, and the beer is so much better at home, no offence.’ 

What are you looking forward to this year?  

‘Hoping to have a successful season and have a great time on and off the field. Excited to learn more about American culture, meet new people and make new friendships.’  

What’s your favourite thing about Jamestown so far?  

‘Definitely the people. They are so nice, open and friendly, it’s definitely one of my favourite things about Jamestown.’ 

After speaking to Philo, we learned that she wanted to experience life outside of being a Jimmie, while she is in the USA. From wanting to ‘visit California’ and ‘experience the holidays here’, there are so many things that she’s looking forward to. She is enjoying her time here so far, excited about her soccer career and has made very memorable friends.

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