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Program Profile: Karlis Garoza

Program Profile: Karlis Garoza

EDITOR'S NOTE: Cal Poly men's basketball players write an original piece for each game-day program on which they're featured on the cover. Sophomore forward Karlis Garoza is the featured Mustang for the program's Saturday, Jan. 26 matchup versus Cal State Fullerton. Game time is 7 p.m. inside Mott Athletics Center.

Home Away from Home

To be honest, there are not that many things that I miss about my home. Even though you can reach Latvia in 13 hours by plane and I do go home once every summer, I still enjoy living by myself in California. My parents have always been the best parents I could have wished for, but they were also very strict. After my sophomore year of high school, I felt like it was time to move out of my parent's house. And so I did.

I'm truly thankful to my family and all my friends. They support me, lift me up, comfort me and bring joy to my soul – which is why I miss them, the most. The chatting and video calling makes this whole distance thing easier to deal with.

There are, however, a few other things that I miss about Latvia. Moving from Europe to the United States really makes you step out of your comfort zone and forces you into new experiences. Food is one example. Personally, I love to cook, and I've always enjoyed exploring different type of cuisines. Since my schedule is really busy, however, I don't have much time for cooking and I've noticed that a lot of restaurants in America serve burgers, sandwiches and steaks (which are really not my types of food). This is a reason why I miss my mom's cooking.

Overall, California is a lovely place and I'd always dreamed to live here. I just wish my closest ones and friends could move to the United States, so I would not have to miss them. Thank you for being supportive to our team and I hope you enjoy tonight`s game.

Karlis Garoza

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