Gurhan was attracted to Indiana because of the wide variety of modules they offered – including disability sport, and group and individual exercise leadership - and because their sports teams are in Division 2 and he felt that would give him a broader experience, rather than working at a more elite level.
He volunteered as a student manager for the University’s women’s basketball team and says he had a great year sharing their successes. It also led to opportunities to watch NBA games – the premier men’s professional basketball league in the world - and meet NBA players.
His year also involved making friends, experiencing a different culture and travelling around – despite COVID-19 curtailing what he could do towards the end of his stay.
His advice for others considering a year abroad is to just go for it: “It opens a lot of doors for you for sure. I would recommend every single student go on a year abroad if they could. You learn, you network, and you make new friends,” he said.
Gurhan has his future mapped out: “Sport is a massive part of university life in the USA. We have a lot to do in the UK to reach that same level. I am passionate and dedicated to get a basketball coaching job here in the UK and help British basketball, in any way that I can, to reach a higher level, where we can compete with other best European teams.
“My long-term plan is to move to the USA and be a head coach for a collegiate basketball team and hopefully one day an NBA or WNBA coach.”