If you asked me six months ago if I was going to the University of Kansas to get my undergraduate degree, I would’ve told you I wasn’t. Six months ago, I had already been accepted to my 1st choice and was already planning on going there this fall. Then in April, I got my acceptance letter from KU, and even though I didn’t think I would be going here, I decided to check KU’s opportunities. While checking KU’s programs and organizations, I discovered that maybe there was a better choice for me. Since I was little, I’ve always been an overachiever and so I’ve always wanted to do more, to know more. This is probably the reason that when I was told I would have to pick one thing to focus on for my professional life, I didn’t know what to do. I went from wanting to study medicine to economics, from economics to language, from language to engineering, and so on. And here lies the main reason I changed my choice to KU and the reason I would recommend KU to anybody that wanted to pursue a higher level of education: because while looking at KU’s values, organizations and opportunities I noticed that maybe I didn’t have to completely choose. I picked KU because I didn’t want to do just one thing; I wanted to be able to do different things at the same time, to be able to study engineering while learning new languages, doing community service, playing sports, and practicing public speaking. The Honors Program, the Center for Community Outreach, the Student Senate, the IMLeagues, and the Center for Undergraduate Research are only several of the programs available in KU that will allow me to accomplish all my goals and connect with people who enjoy the same things I do. Here I would be the best engineer I could be while getting a minor, learning German, spending weekends helping the community, and leading an organization. And not only this but it will also help me pick the career I want, giving me the tools I need to get even more opportunities after my years here because the secret to a successful life is to be able to do different things, to have perspective, to be resourceful, and not just to be great at only one thing.
Most people say that university is the best time of your life, and your choices during this time will define who you are going to be for the rest of your life. I picked KU because I can confidently say that here I can have the best time of my life, doing everything I love, becoming the well-grounded, integral individual that I want to be and also because here I will get the knowledge I need to be successful and build a career. Any person that wants to learn and accomplish their goals while still enjoying other activities they love will find that KU is the perfect place to do so.
Now I am more than a month into my first semester at KU, and I can tell you I made the right choice. Now I am part of more than three different programs that I enjoy every week. I’ve gotten to know so many amazing people who like the same things I do and great teachers who will help me be the best I can be. There’s always something happening on campus that I can be a part of, and everybody is more welcoming than I ever imagined. The classes are great, the people even greater, and the extra-curricular activities you pick from are endless. I’m positive, no matter what you like, you will feel the same way if you pick KU.