Charlotte Herbertz has seen more of the world at the age of 16 than most people will see in their lifetime. In fact, when asked about the "coolest" place she has seen in all of her travels, she responded "Where? Europe? Asia? The US?" It was clear at this point that this teenager was more than well-versed in the cultures of the world. While it was fairly obvious that she had enjoyed her travels, it seemed very apparent that Charlotte was also glad to have finally found a home at the IMG Academy soccer program. The German-born Herbertz is currently finishing her up her first full year as a student at IMG Academy and proclaims:
"I love it here, it is great to be with people who love soccer and are also just like you and have traveled around much of the world."
With her sophomore season wrapping up within the next few weeks, Herbertz looks forward to heading home to her current place of residence: China. While undoubtedly excited to see family and friends, the outside defender didn't hesitate to say "I will miss IMG Academy in the summer." When asked about returning for her junior season and second full year on campus, Herbertz said, "It is the biggest year, I'm excited for it." Referring to her lifelong goal of playing college soccer, the 16-year-old acknowledges that her junior year will be crucial in her development and eventual recruitment as a soccer player. When asked if the IMG Academy soccer program had helped prepare her for her junior season, she said:
"Absolutely, the coaching staff, IMG Academy Athletic & Personal Development programs(Athletic & Personal Development program) and mental conditioning have all helped a lot." She went on to say that perhaps the best part was "having people dedicated to helping make you a better player."
While still early in her recruiting process, the Chinese resident feels confident that she is ready to blaze the recruiting trail citing the "exposure tournaments and experienced coaching staff" as reasons for her confidence. When asked if she had already begun this important process, she said, "Yes. There have been a lot of emails...a lot of emails." There are certainly more of these emails in store for this bright young athlete who is so dedicated to her craft. When asked if she had any advice for young soccer players, she didn't hesitate, stating, "Hard work pays off, through the ups and downs, always keep working hard." Several short minutes later she was preparing for the final practice before a big weekend tournament in Houston.