International student finds second home in KU, Lawrence community

Posted on Oct 12, 2015 in Campus News and News

Jordan NicollJordan Nicoll hails from Chafford Hundred, United Kingdom—4,000 miles away from Lawrence—and has only been on campus for a month, but the University of Kansas already feels like home to him.

He first visited campus during summer 2014 with Larry Pfeiffer, b’71, a proud Life Member of the Alumni Association who has known Jordan since the day he was born. It was only natural that Larry would be the one to introduce the young man to the KU experience.

“I had an absolutely fantastic time seeing Lawrence and the campus, which was stunning,” said Jordan at the time. He visited Allen Fieldhouse and the Sigma Chi fraternity house, and sat in on a communications studies class with Larry’s son, Jordan Pfeiffer. “After visiting KU, it has 100 percent convinced me that I’d love to study there.”

Recruitment efforts by Joy Maxwell, director of legacy relations, and other staff members on campus, including Daphne Johnston, associate director of international recruitment and undergraduate admission, paid off—Jordan began his studies on the Hill this fall.

Joy caught up with Jordan recently over fish and chips at the Free State Brewing Company and learned that he has already settled in to his new life on campus. “I’m having the most amazing time here at KU. The classes and my Sigma Chi fraternity brothers are great!” he shared. He enjoys his courses in political science as well as participating in intramural soccer and attending KU football games. He’ll also join the Pfeiffers, whom he considers his American family, to watch the men’s basketball team compete in November at the Maui Invitational.

When Joy asked if Lawrence and KU have lived up to his expectations, Jordan responded with a resounding “yes.”

“I’m very grateful to be living out my dream of studying in Lawrence.”

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