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Southeast MO State student riding bicycle hundreds of miles in hopes of landing job


College classes around the Heartland are wrapping up for the semester.

That means thousands of new graduates will be sending out resumes hoping to land their first jobs.

But one Southeast Missouri State University student is going the extra mile to stand out.

J.J. Lee could be considered a biking fanatic logging hundreds of miles a week.

Now he is hoping that effort can pay off in helping land his dream job.

"I think it's really cool to give my resume in person," Lee said.

Lee does not want his resume getting lost in the shuffle, never catching the eye of potential employers.

"I hope the bike trip will give a big impression," Lee said.

Lee knows there is a lot riding on his future. So, what is he going to do?

"I will ride my bike to Waterloo, Wisconsin," Lee said.

The South Korean native will ride 450 miles to Wisconsin to the headquarters of Trek Bikes, one of the world's largest bicycle manufacturers.

"I want to work as international marketing department," Lee said.

Lee plans on turning out 150 miles each day. He anticipates the entire journey will only take him three days.

He said he will sleep where he can and eat mostly slices of bread to save time and give him energy.

As for staying warm in freezing temperatures, Lee said he is not worried.

Lee came to the U.S. four months ago to finish his business degree at Southeast Missouri State University and start a better life.

"In my life success is very important," Lee said.

Lee well knows there is a chance he is wasting his time.

"As of right now getting a job in this country is very hard," Lee said.

But for him, the journey can mean just as much as the result.

"If you want to get stronger, I have to do something I can not do."

Lee says he finished a 400 mile ride to Nashville just last month.

But the ride to Wisconsin will be the longest he's ever attempted.

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