My Identity at KU
Me + KU = A New Me
Coming from Beijing to Lawrence, I knew that I was going to see some big changes in the places and people I was around, but what I didn’t realize was that those people and places would also have an impact on me!
Here are a few new characteristics about me, or parts of my identity, that I have taken on since being a student here at the University of Kansas Academic Accelerator Program.
In China, I was not very outgoing and generally kept to myself, but here it seems that has changed. I usually speak a lot to my classmates and other international students, because, surprisingly, I feel like we have a lot in common. For example, I am a huge basketball fan, and since KU is a big basketball school, many other students are interested in basketball, too.
KU AAP Leader
One of the first things that happened to me here at KU was that I was voted onto the KU AAP leadership team. The leadership role is something new for me here at KU, and I hadn’t experienced anything like that back at my school in Beijing. Furthermore, I really enjoy my role, because I get to help with orientation and help the new students as they arrive. It’s fun for me, because I can tell how grateful the new students are to have a helping hand in a new environment.
In China, I spent most of my time eating and playing video games and sports. Here I am much more motivated. I think it’s because the first time I went into the KU Recreation Center to work out or play basketball I realized that people here are really strong. Even when I play basketball I notice that the people here that aren’t strong are still big, so I started working hard to gain muscle and improve my basketball game.
I have a job now! Back home my parents would pay for all my food and entertainment, and because I didn’t have a job I had no idea how much work it took to make money — but now I do. I work about 20 hours a week at the Lawrence Lied Center as a ticket salesman, and even though I don’t make a lot of money, I enjoy it and have a greater appreciation for my parents work.
Enjoy reading Boling’s story? Watch his basketball game against the KU AAP staff below.