Thu. Dec 5th, 2019

Coric adapting to new team, country

Susie Pau Yu
sports writer
Diversity is a beautiful thing we experience in life. It brings different cultures, languages and experiences we share with each other.
Diverse Eastern student athlete says, “I love USUE because I’ve met an amazing people from all over the places and it’s even more special that there are severals international students that actually play in our sport teams. I would like to share about one of our Eagle from the basketball team.”
Lamija Coric was born in Mostar, Bosnia, but moved to Sweden when she was 2, along with her family from Bosnia.
She is majoring in pre-medical and wants to become a physician with anatomy being her favorite subject.
Coric is 19 and came to Utah State University Eastern as a international-student athlete.
The reason she chose to play for the women’s basket- ball team is because of the non-traditional coaching staff that the school has at Eastern. Usually a basketball team is ran by at least one male head coach, but at Eastern, two female coaches run the team.
Another reason she was convinced to come to Eastern was the school itself. Eastern provides a good education and Utah is safe place to live in.
Of course just like all freshmen in college, Coric has to “deal with [homesickness]; hen I first [got] here, since my home is thousands of miles away.” The language, culture and communication were some struggles that she encountered when she first got to Eastern, as many inter- national students experience. Somehow, she managed to adapt to it rapidly.
As a basketball player from Sweden, Coric said, “there [are] some different rules here, like 30 seconds playtime for offense, but over there it’s only 24 seconds of offense. ..
Also, I feel like that in states the game tends to be tougher physically and men- tally as well.”
Coric mentioned as a student athlete, she has to have good time-management between classes, practices and games. She has been managing well and is earning good grades in all of her classes.
Finally, Coric said her favorite traditional food called “Palt” which is made of potatoes and our and they mixed and make into the balls and boiled . Palt usually is served with butter and lingonberry jam.”
Her dream vacation destination would be to go to the Bahamas since it looks gorgeous and it’s like paradise on Earth.
It was an honor to meet with Coric since she inspires many people around her, either in class or on the team.
She is not just an amazing student athlete, but her passion for the sport she loves and dedication for her dream to be- come physician is incredible.
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