Meet a Global Husker | 2021 International Student Graduation Reception
On May 7, we celebrated our 700+ international graduates from August 2020, December 2020 and May 2021 at our International Student Graduation Reception with the Nebraska Alumni Association.
In addition to remarks from University of Nebraska-Lincoln senior leadership, faculty and staff, some of our international grads shared their Husker journey and plans for the future.
Catch the replay of this year’s International Reception at go.unl.edu/intl2021!
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[00:00:01.440]My time at the University of Nebraska-
Lincoln was dream-like. Irreplaceable.
[00:00:12.860]Moving to Nebraska from Colombia
was one of the scariest,
[00:00:16.250]but bravest things I've ever done.
But the moment I stepped into Lincoln,
[00:00:20.060]I knew right there and then that this new
journey was going to be what I made of it.
[00:00:24.860]The first thing that comes to
my mind is how at my start,
[00:00:29.060]I had trouble talking to people
outside my comfort zone. After a while,
[00:00:33.440]one of the international students invited
me to participate in one of the sports
[00:00:37.670]clubs at the university.
[00:00:39.350]I was able to find the confidence in
myself, talk with people and also make
[00:00:44.180]friends from many
[00:00:46.510]My proudest achievement at UNL is
becoming who I am today.
[00:00:50.500]All the responsibilities I took up,
[00:00:52.790]all the opportunities that
I work to be qualified for:
[00:00:56.060]they are the results of UNL
showing me that I could do more.
[00:01:01.340]My most memorable moments were during
my time on the International Welcome
[00:01:05.920]Team. Not only did we take good
care of international students,
[00:01:10.910]but we also managed to become
lifelong good friends.
[00:01:14.060]My researcher and extension
involvement at UNL was one of the most
I've ever had in my life
[00:01:20.390]because of participating in a statewide
initiative with more than a
everywhere really contributed,
[00:01:28.580]I feel, to my personal
and professional growth.
[00:01:31.420]One of the ways I believe I have
impacted the community at UNL
[00:01:35.000]is being an active member of New
[00:01:38.390]It was an honor to share my experiences
and talents with incoming students,
[00:01:43.100]whether they're international
or domestic students.
[00:01:45.650]Now that I have graduated from UNL,
[00:01:48.320]I think my legacy is being
visible for those who can't. During my
[00:01:53.060]junior and senior years,
[00:01:54.530]I participated in the We Are
Nebraska program and Husker Dialogues
[00:02:00.080]to share my story on
diversity and inclusion.
[00:02:03.470]I cannot just thank one person --
I have so many people! Thank you
[00:02:08.330]to everyone who was a part of my journey,
[00:02:11.270]especially to Brianne my
supervisor, and Kaitlyn Waller,
[00:02:15.830]CUSP Student Success Navigator,
[00:02:18.680]and to everybody else
that I met along the way.
[00:02:21.620]One of my biggest accomplishments at UNL
was being nominated by faculty to do
[00:02:26.280]the speech for the university graduates
at the College of Architecture this year.
[00:02:31.700]I'm so grateful to the faculty who
gave me patience in the past years.
[00:02:36.470]Nebraska has helped
me accomplish my goals.
[00:02:38.870]And my goal is to becoming a
better version of myself.
[00:02:41.750]Graduating from UNL means stepping
into a new stage of my life.
[00:02:45.830]Since I first came to UNL in 2017,
[00:02:48.350]I always felt extremely
welcomed by this
[00:02:51.800]charming and really
[00:02:54.050]The support and the kindness
of people from Nebraska
[00:02:57.680]has always made it feel
like home for me.
[00:03:00.400]It doesn't matter where I go after this.
[00:03:03.100]I'm still going to be a Husker
because Nebraska was my first home.
[00:03:08.050]when I got to the U.S.
I'm so happy I came to Nebraska
[00:03:13.390]because I have learned
not only books and paper,
[00:03:17.940]but also from the people
and the lifestyle.
[00:03:22.000]UNL has prepared me well,
and I'm nervous
[00:03:23.851]but eager to take the next step
into a new stage of my life.
[00:03:28.050]I have decided to continue on my
master's degree here at UNL in the
[00:03:32.760]major of community regional planning.
[00:03:35.820]I am very excited to go to Cambridge,
[00:03:37.770]Massachusetts for my master's
in movement and dance therapy
[00:03:41.470]with a focus on neuropsychology.
[00:03:43.260]I really want to use these two passions
of mine and integrate them to address
[00:03:47.880]emotional, cognitive and
physical health in individuals.
[00:03:51.180]After graduating from UNL
in August 2020,
[00:03:54.550]I began pursuing a Ph.D. program
at Cornell University in New York.
[00:03:58.740]I'm really excited to build on the
knowledge I learned at UNL,in Nebraska,
[00:04:03.910]and hope to help with my research and
extension efforts to sustainable
across the world.
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