Day in the Husker Life | Yi Xuen Tay | Malaysia
Yi Xuen Tay, senior psychology major from Malaysia, shows you what a typical day in her life looks like at Nebraska as an international student. Follow Tay along as she shows you a glimpse into her classes, work, activities and friends.
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[00:00:05.770]Hi everyone, my name is Yi Xuen Tay.
[00:00:08.490]I usually go by Tay.
[00:00:09.870]I am a senior psychology major
[00:00:12.270]so what I'm about to do today is to show you
[00:00:14.564]what my life looks like, yah so, stay tuned.
[00:00:19.662](gentle easygoing music)
[00:00:34.040]Having Starbucks on campus is so easy for me
[00:00:37.000]'cause I always need my coffee in the morning
[00:00:41.003]and now I'm actually heading off to work.
[00:00:44.340]Besides being a student here at UNL,
[00:00:47.660]I also work at several locations
[00:00:50.470]across the university as student workers.
[00:00:53.051]One of the positions is I work at a writing center.
[00:00:57.380]Students like myself help other students
[00:01:01.220]go through the various writing projects that they have.
[00:01:05.190]It could be at the early stages of brainstorming,
[00:01:07.840]it could be helping you proofread a final draft.
[00:01:11.430]I've used the Writing Center services a lot
[00:01:13.850]and I've been getting 100% on all my assignments
[00:01:17.758]so that's pretty exciting.
[00:01:19.550]I would just say that you work with a lot
[00:01:21.197]of international students.
[00:01:22.030]That's the bulk of the students I work with.
[00:01:33.590]I just got my lunch
[00:01:35.750]and I'm heading to the library now.
[00:01:39.320]So one of the biggest concerns I had coming here
[00:01:41.580]as an international student at first was that
[00:01:45.060]I don't know what classes should I be expecting,
[00:01:48.870]but my three classes today were very much different.
[00:01:52.760]The first class was literally the classroom
[00:01:56.082]like what I would see in high schools.
[00:01:59.100]I also have this class where it is indeed
[00:02:01.330]in a big lecture hall, but the class sizes
[00:02:03.390]are way much smaller.
[00:02:05.309]There are probably like 70 or 75 to 100 students
[00:02:09.840]in my classroom.
[00:02:10.827]This lecturer specifically loves discussion
[00:02:13.613]and he would always ask very critical thinking
[00:02:17.422]sort of question in the classroom so that you
[00:02:20.100]could all group together, have a discussion.
[00:02:22.905]The third one is that I do have regular classes,
[00:02:25.785]but what they did, they break us up into small groups
[00:02:29.030]and then we work together in our small groups
[00:02:31.939]and over the course of eight weeks,
[00:02:34.445]that's when a lot of group work should happen.
[00:02:37.740]We have a lot of small group discussions.
[00:02:39.936]We share stories, we talk about different issues.
[00:02:45.660]It's pretty interesting.
[00:02:47.060]They do love talking (laughs)
[00:02:49.030]and expressing opinions
[00:02:50.730]which I was honestly at first not accustomed to,
[00:02:54.768]but overall I feel like talking, speaking up in classes
[00:03:00.330]is actually very informative
[00:03:02.200]and it also fosters me to want the learn more,
[00:03:06.141]which is usually a good thing, so yeah.
[00:03:09.406]So I am now at the library.
[00:03:11.875]I'm whispering because everyone around me is studying.
[00:03:15.870]What I have for lunch today is
[00:03:19.649]some good old sesame chicken with fried eggs.
[00:03:25.360]So yeah, I'm gonna be using the next couple of hours
[00:03:27.660]to get my homework done.
[00:03:36.048]A library is one of my favorite places the hang out.
[00:03:39.440]There is actually a Dunkin' Donuts over there
[00:03:41.710]and I'll need my second coffee of the day soon.
[00:03:45.053]So I'm getting my second coffee fix
[00:03:48.451]where there is a Dunkin' Donuts right in the library.
[00:03:53.309]I need coffee to function.
[00:03:55.152]Hi sisters, hi sisters!
[00:04:00.310]So story time, basically when I first arrived in the States,
[00:04:04.800]it was really hard to adjust to the American life over here
[00:04:09.792]and a lot of culture shock.
[00:04:11.670]It wasn't the best time in my university life,
[00:04:15.215]but then fortunate for me I found out about
[00:04:19.980]Sigma Psi Zeta sorority, which is actually a progressive,
[00:04:24.923]multicultural Asian interest Greek organization.
[00:04:28.362]It was pretty shocking to me, 'cause I never knew
[00:04:31.987]there are Asian interest sororities that exist,
[00:04:35.740]but I decided to give it a try
[00:04:38.810]and I did go for it and now I'm a proud member
[00:04:41.380]of Sigma Psi Zeta Incorporated.
[00:04:44.120]So I'm gonna show tonight, a very interesting ritual
[00:04:47.860]that we have among multicultural Greek council
[00:04:50.900]that is not usual in a traditional Greek life.
[00:04:54.465]I've been through it myself.
[00:04:56.390]I've made a fool of myself in front of public.
[00:05:00.216]It's fun, it's exciting.
[00:05:03.365]We would like to be sisters
[00:05:05.736]of Sigma Psi Zeta Sorotiy, Inc.
[00:05:17.140]So what we do towards the end of the new member process
[00:05:20.980]is that they will have a presentation
[00:05:22.621]where we finally reveal to the public
[00:05:26.210]who all our newest members are.
[00:05:39.790]So this is my big.
[00:05:42.900]My name is number seventy-six, Lia Ponasia Win.
[00:05:46.480]My hands are shaking.
[00:05:49.040]The other day I was having a fever
[00:05:51.130]and I didn't know what medicine to buy
[00:05:52.603]so I went to her and she's such a great help
[00:05:57.400]but I still ended up being sick for a couple days
[00:05:59.420]'cause the weather.
[00:06:01.099]You always also like stretch yourself out,
[00:06:03.230]so that doesn't help.
[00:06:08.570]So today I am at Nebraska Union.
[00:06:13.400]We have an event going on, an event called Malaysian night.
[00:06:17.170]Its a sit down, formal dinner event.
[00:06:19.761]With a lot of performances and its the one night
[00:06:24.253]every academic year we get to celebrate
[00:06:26.491]the Malaysian identity as well as
[00:06:28.670]to share with the entire university community.
[00:06:31.540]What is Malaysian night?
[00:06:32.900]How would you explain it to international students?
[00:06:36.801]Malaysian night is basically a highlight
[00:06:39.710]of how the Malaysian culture is
[00:06:42.010]and a little bit about performances and the type of food,
[00:06:44.580]we try to make the food as Malaysian as possible,
[00:06:47.100]so its kind of giving everyone an experience, sorta
[00:06:49.252]like how Malaysian streets are
[00:06:53.130]and how the food is served and things like that.
[00:06:59.161]What about you? Good?
[00:07:02.060]So this woman over here,
[00:07:03.940]she's one of my biggest social support
[00:07:05.810]here at the University of Nebraska Lincoln.
[00:07:07.740]She's one of the greatest fan of me.
[00:07:12.310]Wait I don't know if that makes sense, but she
[00:07:13.791]Go Tay, go Tay!
[00:07:14.624]So some quick questions, as a Malaysian yourself,
[00:07:17.830]how do you feel that you fit in the Lincoln community
[00:07:22.239]specifically of the university?
[00:07:24.310]I think just being able to speak my mind
[00:07:27.750]and be a part of something I really like
[00:07:30.774]that is rocks and sells!
[00:07:33.810]Which is cool, okay?
[00:07:36.760]Yeah, okay. (laughs)
[00:07:38.610]So what do you think is the importance
[00:07:40.320]of having Malaysian night here on campus?
[00:07:42.460]Malaysian night really gives you the opportunity
[00:07:45.010]to say like, hey like we have a formal event
[00:07:47.710]coming up and we are gonna tell you all about Malaysia.
[00:07:51.649]All right, thank you Alicia!
[00:07:53.238]Thank you Tay!
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