As my sophomore year extends to a summer term, and signs of constructions appear everywhere on campus, my first summer in Lawrence has officially begun. After two years working on my degree as a full-time student, I have made many interesting plans to relax, recharge, and explore this amazing college town.
My first plan this summer is to work as a summer Resident Assistant (RA) in Hashinger Hall. Even though I worked as an RA during the school year, the summer position provides a much different experience, as most residents living on-campus in the summer are international students from Japan and Brazil. As an international student, I understand the challenges that international students face, such as language barriers and cultural shocks, and I hope to provide an academically oriented environment and organize fun activities for my residents, so they can enjoy their KU experience. Working as a summer RA in a community full of international students is also a chance for me to show my Jayhawk spirit and learn about Japanese and Brazilian cultures.
Another plan that is on top of my list this summer is watching the World Cup 2014 with my friends and residents. World Cup 2014 is the biggest soccer tournament in the world which only happens once every four years, and as a soccer fan, I will be sure to enjoy the competition between top teams for the glorious trophy. While lots of my residents and friends can cheer for their respective countries in the World Cup, unfortunately, I will not be able to cheer for Vietnam, since our national soccer team still has a long way to go to qualify. That being said, I have been cheering for Spain these past few years in international tournaments, and I hope my team will win a second consecutive World Cup this summer.
Last but not least, I want to spend my free time this summer enjoying Lawrence by visiting places that I have not been able to experience during the school year. Notable examples on top of my list are Prairie Park Nature Center, Lawrence Outdoor Aquatic Center and Regal Southwind Stadium 12. Prairie Park Nature Center has a wide variety of native Kansas wildlife and offers walking trails and public fishing, which is ideal for a wildlife enthusiast like me. Lawrence Outdoor Aquatic Center, on the other hand, is the perfect solution for hot summer days, with water slides and fountains to escape the heat. As the upcoming summer is full of exciting blockbusters like Godzilla, Malecifient, 22 Jump Street, Transformers, and Dawn of The Planet of the Apes, Regal Southwind Stadium 12 will be where me and my friends hang out and enjoy the regular updated list of movies on the weekends.
Although doing well in summer classes will always remain my priority, summer provides me an opportunity to work at a comfortable pace and take breaks when I can, and I am excited to fulfill all my plans in my first summer in Lawrence! Until next time, peace.
Anh Le is a Jayhawk sophomore from Hanoi, Vietnam, majoring in Finance and Information Systems. He loves traveling, reading, playing sports and learning about business and technology. He is currently the Resident Assistant of Gertrude Sellards Pearson Residence Hall and a student in KU School Of Business. He is also in the Honors Program and is a Student Volunteer for the Office of International Recruitment and Undergraduate Admissions.