AJ Barbosa

AJ Barbosa

When I was in middle school, I spent a decent amount of time in detention because I could never seem to stop talking to whoever was around me. My teachers would always tell my mother, "You know, he's a talented kid, but he just can't stop talking!"

Six years later, I went back to visit one of those teachers. She asked me what I wanted to do after I graduated from college, so I told her that I'm going to be a writer.

"I should have guessed," she said. "I don't think a person like you will ever have a problem finding something to say."

I don't think I will, either.

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I'm studying journalism at the University of Kansas.
So, understandably, I'm a religious Jayhawk Basketball fan. I've only missed four home games so far in my college career.

I have worked two consecutive summers as an Editorial Intern for the Huffington Post and Huffington magazine in New York City.
I've had the opportunity to share a newsroom and learn from some of the most influential journalists in the world. Am I dreaming?

I write humor pieces for The College Town Life and The University Daily Kansan.
When I get a break from studying, at least.

I am a proud brother in Sigma Nu Fraternity.
I'm lucky enough to spend four years under the same roof as 80 of my best friends — even if it sometimes smells bad.

One of these days I'll muster up enough courage to try stand-up comedy. If you ever see me perform, please laugh.