International Husker FAQ
Join international student Naisargee Patel and International Student Success Navigator Rachel Ayalon on a 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.
[0:31] Living on Campus
[2:25] Things to do
[3:31] Meet a Professor
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[00:00:01.070]my name's Rachel Ayalon.
[00:00:02.560]I'm a international student success navigator, here at UNL.
[00:00:07.090]I'm Naisagree Patel.
[00:00:08.750]Today, we are going to take
[00:00:10.220]a tour around campus and we're going to see
[00:00:12.490]where students live, learn, and eat at UNL.
[00:00:18.580]So what made you decide to come to UNL?
[00:00:21.140]Great scholarship opportunities,
[00:00:23.250]and I've always wanted to do research,
[00:00:25.810]and UNL offers ample opportunities
[00:00:28.930]for undergrads to do research.
[00:00:31.630]A lot of international students
[00:00:33.170]that I've met with,
[00:00:34.330]they tell me that one of their favorite things
[00:00:36.480]about living on campus is they get paired sometimes
[00:00:39.420]with domestic students, or other international students,
[00:00:42.680]and it makes kinda makes them feel more connected
[00:00:45.210]to campus right away.
[00:00:46.610]What has been your experience with that?
[00:00:48.510]When you're paired up with domestic students,
[00:00:50.600]you are actually bridging that gap
[00:00:52.670]from being an international student,
[00:00:54.583]and you are trying to engage with American culture,
[00:00:58.970]so, definitely yes.
[00:01:02.030]Okay, Rachel, so you talk about
[00:01:03.820]that you are an international student navigator
[00:01:06.320]here in UNL.
[00:01:07.230]Can you talk more about that?
[00:01:08.810]Like, how can you help international students
[00:01:11.280]to become successful?
[00:01:12.600]That's a great question.
[00:01:13.970]So, my role here at UNL is to design cultural
[00:01:17.010]and co-curricular programs.
[00:01:19.390]So, for example, the first week that students are on campus,
[00:01:22.770]we offer a lunch and learn session where we talk about
[00:01:25.890]an introduction to the United States' higher ed system,
[00:01:29.520]so it kind of gives international students
[00:01:31.340]like a little taste of what to expect for their first year.
[00:01:34.780]On top of that, we offer cultural programmings,
[00:01:37.690]so we'll take students to the zoo,
[00:01:40.280]we do a welcome ice cream social
[00:01:42.960]at the very beginning, as well.
[00:01:44.670]We have a website that lists all of our upcoming events.
[00:01:50.270]Lincoln is one of the top safest cities
[00:01:52.760]in the United States.
[00:01:53.900]So, can you talk about your experience with that
[00:01:56.710]and what have you felt being on campus?
[00:01:59.820]I think Lincoln is, indeed, really,
[00:02:02.500]one of the safest place I have ever been to.
[00:02:05.630]I am a person who studies late in libraries and stuff,
[00:02:10.310]so, I have walked alone at 1:30 a.m.
[00:02:13.910]I never felt unsafe about it,
[00:02:15.650]and if you are not even comfortable to walk alone,
[00:02:18.290]then you have police around who can drop you
[00:02:20.530]to your home, so it's super, super safe,
[00:02:23.280]and super, super nice.
[00:02:25.370]So, you've been in Lincoln now
[00:02:27.110]for a couple of years.
[00:02:28.690]Tell me, what are the things you like to do in Lincoln?
[00:02:31.270]I like to read,
[00:02:32.670]and UNL has really, really great library stuff.
[00:02:36.820]I like dancing, and we have gym.
[00:02:39.490]We have recreation center, which is really really cool,
[00:02:42.210]you should check it out for sure.
[00:02:44.150]And then, the downtown.
[00:02:45.920]One good thing about this UNL city campus
[00:02:48.710]is downtown is just five to ten minutes walk,
[00:02:52.550]so whenever I'm free and when I feel like
[00:02:55.010]I want to have some, let's say, Mexican food, or like,
[00:02:57.710]American food, I just always walk through downtown
[00:03:01.090]and have some great food.
[00:03:03.467]So what have been your, kind of,
[00:03:04.750]favorite classes, or favorite professors
[00:03:06.970]that you've connected with?
[00:03:08.130]I love chemistry and I would just like to tell you
[00:03:10.540]that I'm a TA, this semester, for gen-chem, CHEM 109.
[00:03:15.070]So, all the students who have to take
[00:03:17.180]the introductory class of chemistry, they are my students.
[00:03:21.120]So, I'm super excited to be TA,
[00:03:22.980]and even the chemistry department,
[00:03:24.680]we do have resource center, where you can come up
[00:03:27.700]with your assignments, so that's also
[00:03:29.330]a good resource to do it.
[00:03:33.070]What other resources are there for international student
[00:03:35.940]to succeed academically?
[00:03:37.660]A student who needs help can come in here
[00:03:39.730]and find resources like other TAs,
[00:03:42.150]which is one of my TAs right here.
[00:03:44.710]He TAs CHEM 251 for me this semester.
[00:03:48.740]He's gave a lot of his hours.
[00:03:50.470]I make myself present on a weekly basis in here,
[00:03:53.940]two to three days a week, couple hours a day.
[00:03:56.720]If that doesn't work, then I try to encourage students
[00:03:58.950]to email me and interact that way to set up a time
[00:04:01.820]that is suitable for the both of us,
[00:04:04.940]and that way it doesn't have to be so formal.
[00:04:07.610]Thank you all so much
[00:04:08.540]for riding around with us on campus,
[00:04:10.300]we hope this was helpful.
[00:04:11.650]If you have any questions, please contact us.
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