To all the international Jayhawks out there – Welcome back to KU for the second semester! I hope you all had a great winter break, whether you visited your home country, stayed in Lawrence, or travelled around the U.S. I myself had an opportunity to go back to my home country and even had the opportunity to visit a tropical island – which was an amazing experience! I was in sandals and basketball jerseys for the whole time, and it was quite hard to leave the lovely weather and family to come back to Kansas during winter time! That being said, there are some fun wintertime activities that I hope to share with you all so we can enjoy winter a little bit more.
1. Going to KU Basketball games: It is the time of year again that most Jayhawks are excited for – basketball games against Big 12 Conference rivals! For all the new and potential Jayhawks who do not know, most KU students love KU Men’s Basketball, and the team has a strong tradition; most currently they have 10 straight Big 12 titles! I have been excited to watch young players like Kelly Oubre Jr and Cliff Alexander grow to become skillful players, as well as watch thrilling games against good teams such as Iowa State, Baylor, Oklahoma, and K-State! If you are a basketball fan, you probably do not want to miss out on any home games, as Allen Fieldhouse is called one of the best places to watch college basketball, and the atmosphere, passion, and unity are unforgettable! KU also has a great women’s basketball team who needs our support!
2. Playing in the snow: Although snow has been less frequent this January, we have had snow days for the last few years, and it was always a great time! Not only because there are no classes, but also because of all the snow that’s around. Snow creates opportunities to have fun outside with snowball fights, snow angels and sledding down the hills! I had a great time last year trying to sled, and even though I am personally not a big fan of snowy weather, I hope to enjoy the sledding experience again this year!
3. Staying in and getting cozy: If you are not a big fan of the chilly weather and long for spring to come—I am there with you—another attractive option is staying in. Wintertime is a time to bake great delicacies—like cookies, pies, and cinnamon rolls–and share them with friends and family. Along with hot chocolates, apple ciders or buttered rum, you can have a great time inside sharing stories or catching up on your favorite TV shows on Netflix. A hot tub is also an attractive option in winter, which can help you decrease your stress and feel warm!
4. Volunteering in shelters: If you have some free time, I strongly recommend this activity! We are all fortunate to not have to worry about daily necessities like food and shelter, but volunteering will give you an opportunity to contribute your effort to help out other less fortunate folks, and appreciate your privileges. Helping others by volunteering will probably mean less free time for you; however, seeing the happy faces of everyone you help will warm your heart up in this cold weather! I recommend going to KU Center for Community Outreach (http://www.cco.ku.edu/) to start!
These are the few activities that I want to share with my fellow Jayhawks, and I hope they are helpful to you! I hope you guys have a great semester ahead! Until next time, peace.
Anh Le is a Jayhawk junior 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.