To all international Jayhawks – I hope you guys survived Finals Week and will enjoy your summer! This year, I had four finals and a couple papers due, which made it one of the most challenging weeks I’ve had so far at KU. There is a lot of pressure to do well on finals (due to the weight on the final grade as well as the cumulative material), and I assume that most Jayhawks would agree with me that Finals Week is not the most enjoyable aspect of the academic experience at KU. That being said, Finals Week will most likely not define your academic experience, and in this blog, I will tell you about my favorite academic aspects that I have enjoyed here at KU.
- The abundant support from faculty: The faculty at KU wants to see students to be successful, and it shows through the tremendous support that faculty gives to students. Aside from office hours and academic support, faculty also tries to help students financially by issuing scholarships and hiring teaching assistants. For a lot of international students like me, who are paying the out-of-state tuition rate, financial support is always greatly appreciated, because it lifts off the financial burden and allows students to focus their time and effort on their college experience. This was the case for me, as I was recently awarded the Devlin Fellowship from The School of Business Mentorship Program, which granted me financial assistance as well as an opportunity to work with a faculty mentor on a research project that is of my interest.
- Opportunities to get involved above and beyond the classroom experience: Aside from faculty support, The University also offers students other opportunities to apply their classroom knowledge and develop their professionalism. One of the most popular options that KU students can take advantage of is Study Abroad, which helps students to engage with a different academic experience and develop an appreciation of diversity and cross-cultural competence. KU is known for its stellar program that lets students participate in exchanges all over the world; nearly 25 percent of KU undergraduate students participate in a study abroad program prior to graduation. Aside from Study Abroad, students can also deepen their knowledge through research opportunities, service learning, and academic organizations on campus.
- Learn from peers from all paths of life: In my personal opinion, one of the most rewarding aspects of being a Jayhawk is meeting all people from different backgrounds and cultures. At KU, I was fortunate to meet and learn with students from all 50 states and 105 countries. Personally, I have learned to become more well-rounded and gained valuable cultural experience from others, thanks to the daily interactions I have with my classmates and co-workers. KU has given me an opportunity to be exposed to different walks of life that I am extremely grateful for.
Looking back, the academic experience at KU has helped me to blossom intellectually and become a well-rounded individual in society. Let me know what you think, because I think it is definitely an interesting topic for discussion, especially under the lenses of international Jayhawks like us. Have a great, relaxing and productive summer, and until next time, peace!
Anh Le is a Jayhawk senior 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 an International Student Ambassador for the Office of International Recruitment and Undergraduate Admissions.