This piece is part of an ongoing series called With Love From. You can read the rest of the articles here. If you would like to send some love from your corner of the world this semester, please contact Precious ([email protected]), Helen ([email protected]), Lyon ([email protected]), Adaobi ([email protected]), or Arden ([email protected]).

Today, Kansas City in the US is sending us all love! Kansas City is a city on the border of Kansas and Missouri, and today, it is sending us love through Zane Sand, an M’21. According to Zane, three fun facts about Kansas City that immediately come to mind are the “super speedy fast internet” in the city, the wonderfully interactive and nice people who live there, and the unique mixture of both conservatives and liberals in the city. He noted that there’s a bit of Berlin culture, which he has found particularly interesting. Altogether, it is a city he has fallen in love with.

So far this semester, Zane has had a pretty seamless transition into academic activities as he had been working remotely for the previous eight months and has been remote before. So it hasn’t been an entirely major shift to a more school-focused time. However, having gone on rotation in Seoul, Hyderabad, and Berlin, he says there is a connection and sense of community that being present in the rotation city with your peers brings. This, specifically, is one of the things that excites him the most when preparing for a rotation city. According to him, “something is missing when you are remote because you have to go out and find people that are excited to explore the city with you; you can’t really knock on your neighbor’s door and ask if they want to get pho at 11 PM.” And as the only Minervan in Kansas city, at least to the best of his knowledge, that sense of community is something he’s missing.

“Something is missing when you’re remote because you do have to go out and find people that are excited to explore the city… you can’t really go knock on your neighbor’s door and ask if they want to go get pho at 11 PM…”

Though Zane is remote this semester, he is determined to have a wonderful experience. He sometimes goes for runs, goes hiking with his friends, or spends time enjoying Kansas’s greenery. Fun fact: he loves playing with Legos too! This gives him a good feel of kinetic energy that a computer wouldn’t necessarily give him. Some movies he saw over the summer are The Hunger Games, New Girl, and, more recently, Cobra Kai. He enjoyed all three of them and highly recommends them!

In this unique remote experience, Zane is being exposed to a side of the US that he has not experienced as much. Having lived mostly in California, this is an exciting experience in itself, and he’s enthusiastic about discovering more interesting things about Kansas City.

While sending love from Kansas City, Zane shares a few words of advice to the broader Minerva community. He has found a lot of value connecting to people not just in Minerva but outside of it and thinks we all would too, as it would open us up to more perspectives and a much fuller college experience. In his own words, “Get to know strangers over something that isn’t implicitly shared. Try to find something that you can connect over and experience the anxiety and the scariness and the fun and diversion that is in finding something that you two can enjoy together.”

“ …experience the anxiety and the scariness and the fun and diversion that is in finding something that you two can enjoy together.”

If you would like to talk more about Kansas City with Zane or chat about his experience being there and being remote, feel free to reach him via email ([email protected]) or WhatsApp (+19512038137). For now, I hope you felt the love Kansas City is sending you!