This post is by Crystal Lewin, a Psychology Major student from Williams College. During the Spring 2015 semester she was participating in the CIEE Liberal Arts program.
My experience in Sevilla has to be one of the greatest ones I’ve ever had. My life revolves around the beautiful game, otherwise known as soccer or fútbol. Back in the US, I play Division III soccer for one of the best teams in the nation: Williams College. So the second I arrived in Sevilla to begin my semester abroad, I started searching for competitive teams to play for; to keep up my fitness and level of play. In the beginning I had very little luck, but boy did that change.
Everyone should know that in Sevilla, there are two major teams (men’s and women’s) that give rise to an immense rivalry: Sevilla FC and Real Betis Balompié. Well one day I found out something important about my Anthropology of Sports professor at CIEE, José Viñas -- Get to know him. He’s freaking awesome -- except for the fact that he’s a Betis guy.] He has connections to one of these teams: the Division I (“La Superliga”) professional women’s soccer team, Sevilla FC. I was feeling ballsy after class one day, so I asked if he wouldn’t mind helping me get a tryout -- cuz why not? I had gotten super lucky before with getting a tryout with the Mexican Women's National Team (a story for another day) so I thought -- hey, what do I have to lose? I quickly whipped up a soccer resume, and some film I had on hand. Sure enough, I ended up getting pretty lucky! The club director asked me to come out for a week of training, which would essentially serve as a tryout week for me.
The Sevilla soccer gods decided that I didn’t have to wait a week, though. Fortunately, on the second day, I got asked to join the team (“hacer ficha”). So after decoding the complicated NCAA rules, and after getting the okay from my coach back home, Sevilla FC was finally free to send my paperwork to FIFA for processing.
I have access to all the facilities now and have my own personalized ankle injury prevention program at the club’s gym. (I have the right ankle of a two-year-old’s, so strength training is mandatory). I’ve also become friends with practically all of the trainers, since every single one has had the awesome privilege of taping my ankle. As of now I am still waiting for my paperwork to go through, but until then I will be training and supporting my new team -- and hopefully you will see me on the Sevilla Femenino roster real soon! Entrance to games is free so come out to “La Ciudad Deportiva” and support if you are interested in watching some kickass soccer! Sevilla nunca se rinde (Sevilla never gives up)!!!
Crystal Lewin (Ronaldo)