Anja Rakotoarimanana's Journey to Oxford, England
Multilingual business student Anja Rakotoarimanana explains to Professor Kalu Osiri how she made Nebraska her university of choice and then discovered the university’s longstanding study abroad program at Oxford.
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[00:00:05.570]Hello, how you doing today?
[00:00:06.870]I'm doing good.
[00:00:07.703]How are you?
[00:00:09.369]Well, will you please tell us your name?
[00:00:10.654]My name's Anja Rakotoarimanana.
[00:00:14.129]Hmm, where's that name from?
[00:00:16.079]It's from Madagascar.
[00:00:17.740]That's where I'm from.
[00:00:19.080]Wonderful, well, it's great to have you
[00:00:20.380]at the University of Nebraska.
[00:00:22.890]And you're a student here at University.
[00:00:23.740]What are you studying?
[00:00:25.410]I'm a Junior, I'm majoring in Finance,
[00:00:27.440]and minoring in Economics.
[00:00:31.203]So you are from Madagascar in Africa,
[00:00:33.370]do you speak any other language?
[00:00:35.090]I do speak Malagasy, which is my native language,
[00:00:38.180]and I also speak French.
[00:00:41.381]My question to you is how you wound up in Nebraska.
[00:00:46.810]How did you get to find us?
[00:00:49.510]That's a very good, well, a fun story to tell.
[00:00:54.180]My father's friend recommended the University to my father,
[00:00:58.570]'cause he studied in the US, and he told us
[00:01:02.010]that it was a great university academically,
[00:01:07.160]and also has a really, really good athletic program,
[00:01:12.540]so those were the highlights he told my father about.
[00:01:16.800]And we applied, and that's how I got here.
[00:01:19.330]I didn't really know where Nebraska was at first,
[00:01:22.210]but now that I'm here, I'm here to stay.
[00:01:25.090]It's a really nice place, with really nice people.
[00:01:27.740]That's wonderful, it's good to know.
[00:01:29.177]And so you're studying Finance.
[00:01:30.871]What's your level at the University?
[00:01:33.781]Are you a Sophomore,
[00:01:35.109]I'm a Junior.
[00:01:37.608]Now, I see you wearing Oxford.
[00:01:40.450]Would you please tell us a little bit about that?
[00:01:42.967]So I bought this sweater when I was in Oxford, in England,
[00:01:47.600]for a study abroad program, through UNL, and yeah,
[00:01:53.251]that's how I got it.
[00:01:55.130]Okay, so tell us a little bit about the Oxford program
[00:01:58.480]at the University of Nebraska.
[00:02:00.680]What are some of the highlights of the program?
[00:02:03.140]Well, basically we have to spend a month
[00:02:08.330]at the University of Oxford, specifically in Jesus College.
[00:02:12.910]We're being taught two classes by Oxford faculty,
[00:02:18.230]who are brilliant, and very, very humorous,
[00:02:22.940]and we get to experience a lot of the culture in England.
[00:02:28.230]We got to take high tea, go punting,
[00:02:31.547]go watch Shakespeare plays.
[00:02:35.540]We also went, well, we saw horse races
[00:02:39.450]and we could be on which horse was gonna win.
[00:02:45.120]There are a lot of things to do,
[00:02:46.470]and a lot of great people.
[00:02:48.382]It's a great opportunity to make connections,
[00:02:52.950]not only with the faculty, but also with people
[00:02:56.050]from UNL itself, and get to know more of who are
[00:03:00.030]at your university.
[00:03:03.380]I know about 70 to 71 students
[00:03:06.770]from the University of Nebraska went to Oxford last year.
And you were one of them.
[00:03:15.263]Now, what would you say to the student,
[00:03:18.570]who's still thinking about applying to Oxford,
[00:03:23.340]who's still on the fence, with regards
[00:03:26.740]to applying to the study abroad program.
[00:03:30.610]What can you say to them, so they could go?
[00:03:33.150]Well, they don't have to hesitate.
[00:03:36.400]It's a once in a lifetime opportunity.
[00:03:41.091]They're not gonna get that anywhere else, honestly.
[00:03:45.650]They'll learn so much about themselves,
[00:03:47.270]so much about other cultures as well.
[00:03:50.200]They're gonna be much more open-minded,
[00:03:52.300]than they are right now.
[00:03:55.010]And just experiencing life on your own,
[00:03:57.570]that's part of growing, so Oxford,
[00:04:01.960]at least for me, was the best place for that.
[00:04:05.753]Well, thank you so much for joining us today.
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