International Husker FAQ: Extended Cut
Join international student Naisargee Patel and International Student Success Navigator Rachel Ayalon on an extended trip around the University of Nebraska–Lincoln campus. Along the way, watch them discuss connections to campus, international student support services, safety, what students do for fun, class, and professors.
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[00:00:00.110]Hi everyone, my name's Rachel Ayalon.
[00:00:02.520]I'm an international student success navigator here at UNL.
[00:00:05.930]Hello everyone, I'm Naisargee Patel.
[00:00:08.710]Today we are going to take a tour around campus
[00:00:11.700]and we're going to see where students
[00:00:13.210]live, learn and eat at UNL.
[00:00:18.620]So what made you decide to come to UNL?
[00:00:21.140]Great scholarship opportunities
[00:00:23.250]and I always wanted to do research
[00:00:25.750]and UNL offers ample of opportunities
[00:00:29.030]for undergrad to do research.
[00:00:30.740]So where do international students live on campus?
[00:00:34.490]So most of the international students
[00:00:37.120]live in residence hall.
[00:00:39.230]If you prefer traditional style suites,
[00:00:41.850]Selleck Quadrangle would be the best.
[00:00:43.770]If you like to live in suite styles,
[00:00:46.330]then we have like Knoll, University Suites,
[00:00:49.460]a lot of different places.
[00:00:50.840]Which residence hall did you
[00:00:52.090]live in when you first arrived here?
[00:00:54.100]I lived in Selleck Quadrangles,
[00:00:56.270]where you have to share your room with a roommate,
[00:00:59.670]and, actually, that's good for me
[00:01:01.210]because I'm very talkative kind of person
[00:01:04.030]so I always like to get chit-chat with people.
[00:01:06.390]So I had a roommate from Nepal
[00:01:08.190]and right now she is also a very, very good friend of mine.
[00:01:10.980]What was the food like there?
[00:01:12.540]To be very honest, I have never ever
[00:01:14.750]faced any problem related to food.
[00:01:16.817]Are you able to eat kind of
[00:01:18.440]the same foods that you would normally at home?
[00:01:22.510]Almost all dining halls have lot of Indian recipes.
[00:01:25.640]So every week they have new dishes coming on
[00:01:28.450]and they are like always updated.
[00:01:30.640]Selleck dining hall offers great amount
[00:01:33.240]of ethnic recipes for international student
[00:01:36.200]and if you wanna have anything special for main,
[00:01:39.290]you just have to submit a recipe to them
[00:01:41.830]and they will cook it for you.
[00:01:43.923]A lot of international students
[00:01:45.430]that I've met with, they tell me that
[00:01:47.740]one of their favorite things about living on campus
[00:01:49.900]is they get paired sometimes with domestic students
[00:01:52.880]or other international students and it kinda makes them
[00:01:56.150]feel more connected to campus right away.
[00:01:58.860]What has been your experience with that?
[00:02:00.740]When you're paired up with domestic students,
[00:02:02.860]you are actually bridging that gap
[00:02:04.920]from being an international student
[00:02:07.250]and you are trying to engage with the American culture.
[00:02:11.210]So definitely, yes.
[00:02:12.690]One of the best way to do is to connect
[00:02:15.400]with different student organizations.
[00:02:17.530]So different countries, different arts,
[00:02:19.620]different dance forms.
[00:02:20.950]Basically living on campus helps you
[00:02:23.370]get connected with those resources
[00:02:25.310]probably earlier than students who might not live on campus.
[00:02:30.360]Okay Rachel, so you talk about
[00:02:31.860]that you are an international student navigator here in UNL.
[00:02:35.680]Can you talk more about that?
[00:02:37.120]Like how can you help international students
[00:02:39.600]to become successful?
[00:02:40.910]That's a great question.
[00:02:42.320]So my role here at UNL is to design cultural
[00:02:45.320]and co-curricular programs.
[00:02:47.730]So for example, the first week that students
[00:02:50.290]are on campus, we offer a lunch and learn session
[00:02:53.110]where we talk about an introduction
[00:02:55.200]to the United States higher ed system.
[00:02:57.840]So kind of gives international students like
[00:02:59.890]a little taste of what to expect for their first year.
[00:03:03.100]On top of that, we offer cultural programming.
[00:03:05.880]So we'll take students to the zoo.
[00:03:08.590]We do a welcome ice cream social
[00:03:11.280]at the very beginning as well.
[00:03:13.010]We have a website that lists all of our upcoming events.
[00:03:16.830]And what is this Global Peer Mentors program?
[00:03:19.910]So we have 16 Global Peer Mentors
[00:03:22.680]that are assigned to brand new international students.
[00:03:26.220]So that means every new international student at UNL
[00:03:30.130]should receive emails and updates from a Global Peer Mentor,
[00:03:34.460]which is an upper class international student.
[00:03:37.380]Essentially, they invite students
[00:03:38.980]to different events on campus and
[00:03:41.210]help offer assistance to any of the questions
[00:03:44.410]that students might not ask me in a professional setting.
[00:03:48.230]So where's the best place to eat on campus?
[00:03:50.920]Things like that.
[00:03:51.920]Every international student should have
[00:03:54.282]heard from their Global Peer Mentor
[00:03:56.650]within the first few weeks of being on campus.
[00:04:01.840]Okay so it looks like we are
[00:04:04.320]getting close to UNL's Health Center.
[00:04:06.830]It is a brand new facility and it also
[00:04:09.760]houses the nursing program inside.
[00:04:12.370]The UNL Health Center offers a
[00:04:14.180]number of services to students.
[00:04:15.980]First and foremost, the counseling
[00:04:17.690]and psychological services is in here.
[00:04:20.320]So if students are struggling with academics
[00:04:23.960]or social issues, or maybe culture shock or homesickness,
[00:04:28.470]students can go to the health center
[00:04:30.040]and meet with a therapist for free
[00:04:32.270]and it's completely confidential.
[00:04:34.190]Another thing they have at the health center
[00:04:36.370]is a pharmacy and then general physicians as well.
[00:04:40.280]So students can essentially get all of
[00:04:42.440]their health services here on UNL's campus.
[00:04:47.300]Lincoln is one of the top safest cities in the United States
[00:04:50.900]so can you talk about your experience with that
[00:04:53.710]and what have you felt being on campus?
[00:04:56.880]I think Lincoln is indeed really one of
[00:04:59.910]the safest place I ever been to.
[00:05:02.670]I am a person who studies late in libraries and stuff
[00:05:07.320]so I have worked alone at 1:30AM.
[00:05:10.940]I never felt unsafe about it and
[00:05:12.870]if you are not even comfortable to walk alone,
[00:05:15.430]we have police around who can drop you to your home.
[00:05:18.400]So it's super, super safe and super, super nice.
[00:05:21.720]So how do you think the campus community
[00:05:24.476]makes sure that students feel safe on campus?
[00:05:28.480]So one thing I would like to
[00:05:29.770]talk about is the UNL alert system.
[00:05:33.030]So it's a notification system which
[00:05:35.700]gives you notification on your emails
[00:05:38.540]or in our cell phones if you have any kind of emergency
[00:05:42.310]and you see there are weather changes.
[00:05:43.840]So that's the one thing, so every student is in that system.
[00:05:47.550]So you get updates every now and then.
[00:05:49.910]And the next number is, I would say,
[00:05:51.850]the emergency number that is 911.
[00:05:54.420]You just call on that number and
[00:05:55.980]the police will immediately come
[00:05:57.580]and assist with whatever help you need.
[00:06:00.020]It's a wind storm over here.
[00:06:03.440]So you've been in Lincoln now for a couple of years.
[00:06:06.760]Tell me what are the things you like to do in Lincoln?
[00:06:09.340]I like to read and UNL has really,
[00:06:12.530]really great library staff.
[00:06:14.900]I like dancing and we have gym.
[00:06:17.580]We have recreation center which is really, really cool.
[00:06:20.290]You should check it out for sure.
[00:06:22.210]And then the downtown, one good thing
[00:06:24.660]about this UNL city campus is
[00:06:27.030]downtown is just five to 10 minutes walk.
[00:06:30.610]So whenever I'm free and when I
[00:06:32.640]feel like I want to have some,
[00:06:34.040]let's say Mexican food or like American food,
[00:06:36.810]I just always walk to downtown and have some great food.
[00:06:42.690]Transportation obviously is a big issue.
[00:06:45.480]So tell me about transportation in Lincoln
[00:06:47.850]and how you've kind of gotten around and off campus as well.
[00:06:51.900]I use shuttle to move around here in Lincoln.
[00:06:55.270]And the shuttle is totally free with your student ID
[00:06:58.470]and you have to have the bus pass,
[00:07:00.690]which either you can have it online
[00:07:02.450]or you can have the physical copy of your student pass.
[00:07:05.260]If you wanna go to South Lincoln or like East Lincoln,
[00:07:08.300]it's totally free with the shuttle.
[00:07:09.920]It comes every 10 minutes.
[00:07:11.950]Multiple places on campus and then
[00:07:14.010]it'll take you all over the city.
[00:07:18.410]So, let's talk about the weather.
[00:07:20.936]What is Nebraska like in the summer
[00:07:24.270]and the fall and the winter?
[00:07:26.160]Okay, so I would describe it with three adjectives.
[00:07:30.200]So for the summer, beautiful everywhere.
[00:07:33.620]The time period between summer and winter,
[00:07:36.420]it's gonna be unpredictable.
[00:07:37.980]You can see that it's sunny right now
[00:07:40.170]and I'm having a jacket on me.
[00:07:42.380]That means it was cold in the morning
[00:07:44.210]but right now, it's sunny.
[00:07:45.670]So winter is typically a lot of snow, right?
A lot of ice.
[00:07:49.990]So we see students bundled up in jackets.
[00:07:52.560]We need like snow boots.
[00:07:54.440]We need the whole winter gear, right?
[00:07:56.930]I came here in January and spring semester,
[00:08:00.770]I remember the day, it was -16, and I was thinking
[00:08:04.930]that I would not be able to survive here, seriously.
[00:08:08.010]But now I'm here, I'm here for like three years
[00:08:10.650]and I love snow.
[00:08:13.340]So what have been your kind of favorite classes
[00:08:15.930]or favorite professors that you've connected with.
[00:08:18.180]I love chemistry and I would just like to tell you
[00:08:20.610]that I'm a TA this semester for gen chem, CHEM109.
[00:08:25.140]So all the students who have to take
[00:08:27.230]the introductory class of chemistry, they're my students.
[00:08:31.200]So I'm super excited to be TA.
[00:08:33.050]And even the chemistry department,
[00:08:34.720]we do have resource center where
[00:08:36.990]you can come up with your assignments,
[00:08:38.820]so that's also a good resource to go.
[00:08:43.160]What are the resources available for
[00:08:45.210]international student to succeed academically?
[00:08:47.730]A student who needs help can come in here
[00:08:49.810]and find resources like other TA's,
[00:08:52.220]which, here's one of my TA's right here.
[00:08:54.900]He TA's CHEM251 for me this semester.
[00:08:59.080]He schedule off his hours.
[00:09:00.540]I make myself present on a weekly basis in here
[00:09:03.470]on two to three days a week, a couple hours a day.
[00:09:06.790]If that doesn't work, then I try
[00:09:08.120]to encourage students to email me
[00:09:09.750]and interact that way to set up time
[00:09:11.810]that is suitable for the both of us
[00:09:15.010]and that way, it doesn't have to be so formal.
[00:09:19.570]So what are some places on campus to study at?
[00:09:23.040]Oh wow, I can speak a lot about it
[00:09:25.700]but let me just select some.
[00:09:27.420]First thing I would say, the Law Library.
[00:09:29.950]That's a great resource, I think we are right here.
[00:09:33.470]So for me, I like to study in place which is not too silent.
[00:09:37.760]I like a little bit of background music going on.
[00:09:40.510]So if somebody's little bit talking,
[00:09:42.580]if somebody's asking questions,
[00:09:44.160]I like that atmosphere rather than having complete silence.
[00:09:47.230]So one of my favorite place to study is definitely
[00:09:50.850]Law Library North, near Dunkin' Donuts, oh wow.
[00:09:55.107](Naisargee and Rachel laugh)
[00:09:57.820]Since you've been on campus for so long,
[00:10:00.130]and you have everything figured out now,
[00:10:02.960]what is some advice that you would give
[00:10:04.740]to a new international student at UNL?
[00:10:07.330]So the first thing I would tell them,
[00:10:09.880]it's okay to be yourself.
[00:10:12.070]Try to come out of your comfort zone
[00:10:14.500]and then you can see the world is so huge.
[00:10:16.740]You have lot of opportunities to go and get it.
[00:10:19.330]So what are some tips like academically-wise
[00:10:23.080]that you would give new international students?
[00:10:25.990]I would say be patient because every good thing takes time
[00:10:29.740]and try to learn good time management skills.
[00:10:32.590]If you are an international student,
[00:10:34.210]you're gonna work, you are going to study
[00:10:36.670]and then maybe you are going to
[00:10:37.970]spend some time to have your social life as well.
[00:10:40.670]So if you have good time management skills,
[00:10:43.290]you will be doing really great in your academics
[00:10:45.670]as well as making your social life as great experience.
[00:10:49.236]Thank you all so much for riding around
[00:10:51.340]with us on campus, we hope this was helpful.
[00:10:53.770]If you have any questions, please contact us.
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