My name is Pedro Belinchon Beun and I'm an international student at the University of Rhode Island. I'm originally from the Canary Islands (Spain), which are a set of seven small islands near the coast of Africa. They are known for their amazing weather that goes all year round but also because they were the last stop before Christopher Columbus reached the Americas in 1492.
I came to America in 2005 for my junior year of high school and East Lyme (CT) was the town that welcomed me with open arms. During my high school years I swam for the school team and won many awards in multiple competitions. I must admit that I was ranked first in Spain for swimming in my age group and had just become national champion right before coming to the USA. My dream was to swim in America because it had the best programs for student-athletes and to pursue my goal of someday going to the Olympics. During my senior year of high school I decided to play American football because I though it would be a good story to tell my children someday. But what I didn't expect was that unfortunately I would get injured while playing it. I tore the ligaments and the meniscus in my right knee and had to miss my senior year of swimming. I had many offers to swim in multiple universities across the country but at the end knowing that I had injured myself and had missed the senior season of high school, they retreated their offers. To a certain degree I was devastated, my major dream had been crushed and I didn't know what I could do to fix it. During my last months of High School, I had a talk with about college with my swimming coach "Jack Stabach", who was a URI graduate many years ago. He introduced me to Rhode Island and showed me everything that this beautiful state had.
During the summer, Rhode Island reminded me of my islands. Then I had a meeting with the football coach of the university, Tim Stowers, who offered me a scholarship and gave me the amazing opportunity to play at the University of Rhode Island. After all one of my dreams, which was swimming was crushed but another came in its place.
When I started classes at the University of Rhode Island, I had in mind pursuing a degree in Pre-Med but later changed to a Psychology degree. After my experiences, I decided that pursuing a degree in psychology would help me overcome many facets of life and help others like myself overcome their hard experiences too.
The Psychology department at the University of Rhode Island has been so kind to me and has helped me in so many ways, and I would definitely recommend any upcoming students to pursue a degree in Psychology at the University of Rhode Island.
After this I want to attend graduate school and receive someday a degree in clinical psychology, to finally help other people.