Studying Abroad is not a Glorified Holiday

In the world that we live in today, there isn’t an aspect of our lives that has not been touched by globalization. What is globalization? Simply explained, it is a situation of nations being integrated across inter national boundaries in whatever we do; be it business and economics or political views or culture or the sharing of grief. No doubt, however, that “studying abroad” would top the list as the oldest example of globalization. Though studying overseas is very commonplace today, it still retains a charm that is not easily replicated.

Very easily the greatest charm in studying abroad is the impact that such education impacts the rest of a person’s life; it is a milestone event. Any list of the reasons for choosing to study abroad would include the following:

  • Improving academic caliber
  • Development of professional skills
  • Enhancing employability
  • Appreciation of cultural diversity
  • Value-addition to personal history

Every survey has shown that US universities are the most-favorite destination for students from all over the world. Besides being veritable reservoirs of knowledge, universities in US have also earned the reputation of being the most welcoming of institutions and of imparting the highest quality of education, when compared to any other in the world.

Why is the US the most sought-after destination for studying abroad? I will answer this question by elaborating on the 5 reasons listed above (for studying overseas).

Improving Academic Caliber

Every student, wishing to gain further knowledge in his chosen subject of study, can be sure that a university in the US will offer him the following — faculty who are the most learned and updated on the subject, the access to the most advanced and updated knowledge of the subject and a learning environment which is unique, very practical and very supportive. These are the heady mix of ingredients that every serious student aspires for.

Development of professional skills

Universities in the US are invariably equipped with modern equipment, tools and facilities for the highest level of professional studies. Therefore, students not only gain academic knowledge but also gain hands-on experience of working with the latest tools of the profession. Except in the area of Arts, for which the European universities are the premier ones, American universities are the leaders in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and Medicine.

Enhancing Employability               

More and more employers are seeking to recruit those who have been educated abroad, particularly ones who have been educated in the US. Why is education in the US such a sought-after qualification? The answer lies in the fact that an employee who has studied in the US is sure to have been exposed to modern theories, methodologies and the latest equipment; these qualities are a boon to any employer.

Appreciation of cultural diversity            

Irrespective of one’s profession, being able to communicate effectively goes a long way in professional development. Nothing prepares a person better than life spent on a university campus in the US where there are students from all over the world and is therefore the perfect medium for breaking-down cultural barriers. The reality is that our workplace is more globalized than it was ever before, therefore, being able to communicate effectively across multiple cultures, without any inhibitions is a critical requisite for personal success.

Value-addition to personal history

No person can claim to a higher status in society than one who has studied abroad at an established seat of learning. Studying in the US is an eye-opener; it broadens the horizon of those arriving from less-developed countries. When one has studied in the US and returns to their home country, it is sure to make heads turn or draw second-looks in a social gathering!

Several of those who studied abroad have also gone ahead and sought and accepted US citizenship and have integrated well in American society and excelled in the profession of their choice. They have earned national and international recognition and have won laurels for their contributions. American society is an amalgam of several cultures created by waves of settlers originally from Europe but subsequently from nations around the world too.

In spite of the attractiveness of continuing to live abroad, after completing higher studies, many choose to return to their home country. The seemingly natural act of returning is loaded with advantages in favor of the home nation. It immediately increases the intellectual capital of the home nation. In the longer-term, the returnees carry forward business and professional relationships, which are effectively the seeds of collaboration and knowledge-sharing ventures.

Those who study abroad should not fail to give back to their home nation. Upon their return, they can do so by engaging themselves in 3 broad areas, namely politics (or public life), economics (or business) and social (education, health).

(a) Politics — I have mentioned earlier that studying abroad intrinsically enriches a person’s character. Alumni, therefore, are potentially capable of providing transformational leadership, which is commonly missing in less developed and under-developed nations.

(b) Economics — In the field of business and economics, because they have studied (lived) abroad they have experienced the comfort of modern and superior products and the power of technologically advanced methods of production; they are therefore very capable of managing the introduction of new products and modern production facilities.

(c) Social — In the field of education and health, because of their superior personal experiences (while studying/living abroad) they can introduce the best similar practices and mentor the next generation of youth and improve their standard of living.

There is yet another dimension of enrichment – it occurs when those who have studied abroad return to their home country and pursue their profession. The students group themselves and form alumni associations. Alumni associations are not merely for bragging rights but they continue the spirit of camaraderie and play an inspirational role for others to study too in the same institution. In sum, it is a continuation of the engagement with the alma mater by its students.

Alumni outreach events and programs are ideal platforms for saying thank-you to the university to which they owe their gratitude for success. They are best qualified to use the lessons learned from their experience of studying and living in the USA.

Institutions all around the world have a plan in place for engaging their alumni. Failure to have such a plan will mean missing out on opportunities of several kinds. Alumni, for example:

ü  Serve as ambassadors, advocates and mentors for the next generation of students to inspire them to study in the same institutions

ü  Pool financial resources for scholarships

ü  Donate to establish endowments for research projects, for amenities (example, library, study halls, auditoriums, sports arena, etc.)

ü  Create and fund faculty positions for research and teaching a super-specialized subject

A final word; studying abroad is a serious decision soaked in benefits which can last a life-time; it is not a matter to be dismissed as simply a glorified holiday.

By HF Contributor: A. Adeni


Just-in: Our Student Athletes Accomplishments this Month

  • Anastasiya Papazian
    • Got 2nd place in the 10’s division at her 1st tournament ever at the South Suburban Level 7 Jr. Challenger
    • Won the Girls 10’s without dropping a game in her 2nd tournament ever at the CAC Inverness Level 7 Jr. Challenger
  • Matthew “Batman” Batmunkh
    • Won both the 14’s and 16’s divisions without dropping a set at the Central Colorado Junior Open Level 6 Championship
    • Reached the quarterfinals of the 14’s division at the Level 4 Summer Masters before losing to the #1 seed
  • Christian Trevey
    • Reached the finals of the 12’s division at the Level 4 Summer Masters
    • Rose to #10 in the Intermountain section in the most recent Boys 12’s rankings
  • Nathanael Trevey
    • Won 1st place in the 12’s at the Parker Level 7 Jr. Challenger
    • Won 1st place in the 12’s at the CAC Inverness Level 7 Jr. Challenger
  • Raphie Wieland
    • Won the 12’s doubles and got 2nd place in 12’s singles at the Level 5 Wyoming District Cup Jr. Summer Championship
  • Remy Nguyen
    • Got 2nd place in the Girls 12’s at the HAT August Level 6 Jr. Championship
    • Won the Girls 12’s at the Level 6 Ken Caryl Ranch Championship
  • Madeline Herring
    • Won the Girls 12’s at the Level 7 Parker Challenger without dropping a game
    • Won 2nd place in the Girls 12’s at the Level 6 Colorado Springs Jr. Open Championship
  • Diego Garcia-Gallo
    • Reached the finals of the Boys 12’s division at the Level 6 Meadow Creek Summer Jr. Open Championship
    • Reached the finals of the Boys 12’s division at the Level 6 Rocky Mountain Tennis Center Summer Jr. Open
  • Olivia Ivankoe
    • Got 3rd place in Girls 14’s at the Ken Caryl Ranch Level 7 Challenger
    • Won the Girls 14’s division at the Parker Level 7 Jr. Challenger
  • David Tran, Cade Shiveley, Ryan Parker
    • Won the JTT State Championship for Boys 12’s



Love of the Game

Source: Parenting Aces Tennis

Today’s post was written by Coach Ryan Segelke (yes, I’m sure this time!) of High Altitude Tennis. Enjoy!

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This month’s article is a little different from my previous ones in that I am not really going to talk about fitness techniques, exercises or best practices.  I am going to talk a little bit about what I have seen in my own personal experience that truly separates the most successful athletes in the world from the rest of the pack.

Throughout my training career, I have had the opportunity to train many National and International level athletes in tennis, swimming and various other sports.  These include a 6’1” Chinese female tennis player that could do multiple sets of step-ups with a 50-pound dumbbells in each hand with ease, a Big 10 Freshman of the Year and contributing members of teams that have won 7 NCAA Titles as of the writing of this article.  I have also had a lot of athletes that may have been more talented physically or maybe were one of the premier athletes in the country at a young age that never reached their full potential.  Why not?

All of these athletes were obviously gifted with superior physical abilities that set them apart, but what was really the determining factor in their success was their passion for their sport.  If they truly loved their sport, their work ethics and competitiveness were off the chart and fueled by this passion.  It is important to note, developing this passion for tennis (or any sport) requires time and is different for every one.  Some have the passion at 10 years old, some do not truly begin to love something until years down the road.  It all depends on the student.

As many of you know, the #1 player in Peru, Marcos, just finished up his training block at High Altitude Tennis on Saturday to head back to Peru for his school year. One thing about Marcos that stands out is that he truly has a love for the game of tennis. When I took Marcos and two of our Full Time Students to a tournament a couple weekends ago, Marcos was so excited during the car ride up there, he could not contain himself: he was dancing, clapping and singing (shouting) along with every pop song on the radio.  There was nothing else he would rather be doing than get out on court and compete – this will make Marcos successful in the coming years as he gets closer to his goal of attending and playing for an American college.

My advice to you is this: come to practice everyday, truly listen to what is being taught to you, smile and give 100% in every drill, exercise, rep and set.  If you do that over a period of time, you will begin to love the daily grind and begin to truly enjoy what you are doing.  The most successful people in every category have a love for what they do and if you can develop this same love for tennis, you will be successful.


Airplanes and Summer Camps- A reply from a coach to the parents

A prospective parent applying for the HAT program recently asked a great question that I want to share with you all. She asked, “What makes the High Altitude summer camp different from the [shoe brand] summer camps that I have researched which are located here and throughout the U.S.?” I love questions like that, and my response was shaped in the form of a story of sorts.

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Ryan Segelke – Founder, High Altitude Tennis LLC.

What was my response? I described the scenario which we have all experienced when you get onto an airplane: you get comfy in your seat and begin a surface level encounter with a very nice person sitting next to you. You don’t feel as if you have a choice since you will be spending the next three hours next to this person and you don’t want to seem rude or anti-social. So, you make the most of it. And, besides, you might learn something new!

You open up the conversation by asking if they are returning home or heading off for vacation and the conversation continues from there. By the end of the three hour flight, you have learned some very basic, surface-level information about the person next to you. And, who knows, maybe you exchange cards so you can grab coffee sometime in the future (in my experience, even in the best of connections, the likelihood of actually grabbing coffee is near zilch). Ninety-nine percent of the time, this encounter does not get beyond the initial conversation. There is just typically not enough time or genuine interest to delve into deeper issues that may be going on in each of your lives.

This is what makes High Altitude Tennis Academy unique. We take great pride in delving deeper to understand what makes each individual student tick. The vast majority of general summer academy offerings sponsored by local colleges and big name-brand shoes are not meant to go beyond this surface-level encounter. And if you look close enough and ask the right questions, you will find just that. This is not a bad thing by the way! With roughly 25% of the families that I talk to, the student is not yet ready for intensive training and is 100% suited to attend a basic camp. And I always recommend and refer them appropriately if this is the case. The feedback I recieve weekly is that there are a large pool of players who have enjoyed and had fun with this type of program but have realized that they have now outgrown this experience and are craving more. A portion of that group is just at a loss and not clearly able to articulate the breakdown they are having. They sense that this fun but non-intensive camp experience won’t get their child to their ultimate goals, yet they aren’t sure what else is out there…That’s where we come in!

If the young scholar-athlete is “driving the bus” and asking for more intensive training and curriculum that includes competition with players from around the world and mom and dad are supportive of not only their child’s aspirations but our champion methodology, that’s a family we are looking for!

At the end of the conversation, I emphasized strongly to the prospective parent to have a fun but serious talk about what their young  athlete is ready for and, based on that conversation, invest their money appropriately. So, that’s the question I leave you all with today: are you looking for a surface level encounter? Or are you looking for something deeper and more meaningful? I would speculate that this is a question that can be thought provoking concerning all parts of your life in today’s fast-paced, over-stimulated, instant-gratification world. But we will leave that for a different article!

Do you have a specific question you would like to see answered by me in a future article? E-mail me directly at, and thank you from the bottom our hearts for allowing us to be a part of your child’s journey!
By: Ryan Segelke
Grand Slam Level Coach and
Founder of High Altitude Tennis Academy


Pay It Forward – Help Keep Batman Safe This Summer

Meet Matthew “Batman” Batmunkh… he needs your help right now!

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“Tennis Makes Me Happy!”- Batman

The harsh reality is that without your help batman becomes severely at risk to face the high rates of obesity, poor mental health and is more likely to become one of the 49% of students who have tried drugs or 61% of students who have tried alcohol*.

Batman’s Story (so far):

The Batmunkh family migrated to the U.S. in 1999 due to the uncertain political climate in Mongolia and to provide a better future for their children.

Batman picked up his first racket at age 7 and his father who was a circus performer in Mongolia recognized over time that this was his passion.

Unfortunately, sports is expensive and the barrier to entry is an un-attainable financial task for Mr. and Mr’s B. They need your help!

The harsh reality is that without your help batman becomes severely at risk to face the high rates of obesity, poor mental health and is more likely to become one of the 49% of students who have tried drugs or 61% of students who have tried alcohol*.

Batman is asking for help to stay active this summer by participating in 9 weeks of full day summer tennis camp ($462 / week).

To read more about Batman story , click here

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6 Tips to Achieve Your Tennis and Fitness Goals in 2016

6 Tips to Achieve Your Tennis and Fitness Goals in 2016


1.) Set Goals

Goal setting is a very important aspect of not only a great tennis-training program, but also a successful life. Numerous studies throughout the years have proven that, setting goals, writing them down and getting feedback on the progress throughout, increase the success rate of improvement and attainment of goals compared to people that do not set goals.

Many of my former athletes would sit down with me and go through their goals for the next year. Many wanted to Qualify for the Olympic Trials, gain a college scholarship, become an All-American or win a State Title. Regardless of their goal, the athletes that wrote out a specific, measureable, attainable, realistic and time based goal, were much more likely to achieve their goals during the year versus their counterparts, that did not set goals.

2.) Plan

“Fail to plan, plan to fail.” Without a plan, to go from where you currently are to where you want to be, is near impossible.

Once a goal has been clearly articulated, work backwards and list out the steps necessary to achieve your goal. I do this on a daily basis when reviewing the HAT student’s goals and comparing to where they are that day. All of the students’ workouts are planned, with the end in mind and focused on long-term development.   If you would like me to develop a personalized plan for you (planned out to your specific needs, goals and abilities), email me at


3.) Hire A Specialist

I have written about this recommendation before (click here to re-read my article), and I am still sticking with this recommendation. Many of my athletes had initially worked with generalists, when they were at the beginning of their athletic careers and then when they really wanted to make vast improvements and achieve their goals, they began working with me – to the tune of $750,000+ in athletic scholarships.

4.) Clean Up Your Nutrition

In all honesty, nutrition is probably 60% or more, of achieving your fitness related goals. It has been said that “you cannot out train a bad diet” and I whole-heartedly agree. I cannot tell you how many times I have seen one of the athletes I have been training, wake up one day and decide to fully commit to cleaning up their nutrition. Once they do, their body changes rapidly, confidence increases rapidly and results go through the roof. If you are looking to see a big difference in your fitness, in a relatively short time, commit to eating lean proteins, fruits and vegetables.

My friend (who happens to be the lead nutritionist for the Carolina Panthers) completely committed to her nutrition over the summer between her sophomore and junior year, during our time at the University of South Carolina.   In the two years that followed, she went from an above average competitor, to a school record holder, SEC Champion, 4-time All American and had an outside shot at making the Olympic Team – meaning she was top 25 in the world. She was a totally different athlete simply because of her nutrition.


5.) Be Disciplined (Stay Consistent)

If you are working with a specialist and everything is planned out with the end in mind, what could possibly hold you back from your goals? Lack of discipline is the enemy. Look at 90% of the people who have a New Year’s resolutions goal of losing weight. They have their plan and they know what they need to do with their nutrition, but after a couple weeks, they fall off the wagon due to a lack of discipline to commit and stay consistent when things get difficult.

I had a swimmer I trained for a few years that was the picture of consistency. She lived in Belleville, Illinois and we practiced 45 miles away in a county of St. Louis. She drove those 45 miles and made it on time for our 5 am practice. Every. Day. The only day she missed a morning practice was the day after her mother passed away from cancer. She was obviously very disciplined and through her consistency, she recently finished her swimming career at the University of Minnesota as a 3x Big Ten Team Champion.


6.) Focus On The Process

Overall, focus on the process and enjoy the small victories you accomplish on your journey to achieving your goals. It take many years to develop a great athlete, so make sure to not fall into the trap of looking for a quick fix. Always look for progress towards your goal, work your butt off and trust the specialists you work with.

There will be many ups and downs each day, but if you remain disciplined, consistent with your plan, work with a specialist and always keep your goals in front of you, 2016 can be a very successful year!

Source: High Altitude Tennis Academy, Parker, Colorado.