So, how did a lad from Bristol end up in Dakota, USA?
Academically, Josh says he is quite well rounded in all his subjects and that has helped him. He explains that the higher your grades, the higher the volume of recruiting will be. He says that the SAT/ACT test that is required before any move happens is key.
Josh is studying accounting. This is typically a four year degree, but he says this can made faster, or slower, depending on the individual and effort throughout the semesters.
Athletically, he thinks most athletes are of a good enough standard to get a scholarship, saying “its just how much money the university think your level is worth”.
Josh recalls he looked at the potential of doing a scholarship in the States for many years, but didn’t really believe this was something he could realistically do. That was until he had some interaction with recruitment agencies “the agencies do everything for you and make things very easy”.
In 2019 Josh made the move. When asked, “Why Dakota”? his reply makes lots of sense “I chose Dakota because they made me feel like I was part of their family. They spoke to me every day and not just about track, about me as a person. They showed a great interest in me and this was replicated in the scholarship offer that was provided.
Obviously, all Universities and students are different and any scholarship offer that is provided could vary drastically. The main concern for most people would be finance. Josh is fortunate in that he is not currently paying for his degree or living arrangements.