2022 Featured International Huskers
As another academic year comes to a close, we're thrilled to recognize 8 of our outstanding international student graduates from May 2022.
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- [00:00:07.907]Graduating from Nebraska means that Nebraska will forever be my second home. And it is the place where I had my most fundamental years of development going. And it has taught me so many things from writing, from making meaningful connections, and from making new friends.
- [00:00:26.926]Just means the start of something new. I want to see where this new path will take me.
- [00:00:34.834]It means being part of a wider legacy because it's just not about me anymore. I'm part of my parents, my mom and my uncle's legacy, I suppose.
- [00:00:49.449]When I look at graduation, I look at how much I've grown through all these years of graduation is more like me, reflecting on how much I have acquired and how much, how many skills and how much personal growth I have had through these four years.
- [00:01:05.365]It means that I have a second home here. I've got to know a lot of people, a lot of great people, not only students, but also professors, faculty, staff.
- [00:01:16.709]I am a first-generation college student from my house, from my home, from a family member. And it feels like a sense of independence. It feels like a sense of freedom and a good opportunity that was provided for me, for my college and for my parents.
- [00:01:33.860]Moving from Oman to Nebraska was one of the scariest but best thing that ever happened to me. Since I came here in 2017, I extremely felt welcomed by the charming community of Lincoln. And of course, the support and the kindness of people from Nebraska has always made it feel like home for me.
- [00:01:55.115]There is a charm to Nebraska that I have yet to find elsewhere, so I'm glad that I'm here.
- [00:02:03.656]The people here are just really friendly and conversational. For example, when I'm just walking down the street every time a stranger would greet me and just say, like, Hello, how's your day? And I would just reply to them back. And sometimes that small interaction would just make my day feel so much better.
- [00:02:22.775]There's a lot of diverse pockets in Lincoln, and that's been really fun to explore for me. So finding that community and finding that home here has been really important and just a really rewarding experience for me.
- [00:02:34.220]I found here my people, I found here like other cultures, and this has helped me become a citizen of the world.
- [00:02:43.463]Since I'm an international student, I'm a people of color. I am not from here. But I never felt that I wasn't, you know, belonged here. Every person, every community, every organization has welcomed me with a wide smile and have, you know, helped me to give my voice and then understand their culture as well. So, I just the comfort and ease, I would say, that I've gotten with this community, Husker community.
- [00:03:11.858]It's more about the friendship and the sense of community in Lincoln, even at UNL specifically so that way where you just like fit in the community without having to spend so much effort. Well, you got to spend some effort, but not much. It's just like you seamlessly fit in, in a way.
- [00:03:31.678]And I was pleasantly surprised when I moved into Selleck My first day and Selleck was full of other international students. That reminded me a lot of Singapore. It was a cultural melting pot and I've been really pleasantly surprised to find that in Lincoln as well. We have a very large refugee community. We have a lot of really great work being done here for international students, for refugees, but also for global visitors.
- [00:03:55.335]I was so happy that I got my first football game ticket for free because I was assigned to work there and the energy at the game was just really amazing and it's just something that you can only feel when you're at a Nebraska game. And all our chants our songs that people sing at the games are just, really makes me bittersweet because I just attended my last game, which is the Spring Game and I won't be attending these anymore as a UNL student, but I think I will still be here, yeah!
- [00:04:28.001]I think one of the transformational moments that shaped me, who I am right now is the day that I decided to get my to get a job on campus. And I mean, as a student who came overseas, I've never thought about the idea of me having a job while I'm at college, but I just got the opportunity to get that job and I decided to get out of my comfort zone and get my first job ever.
- [00:04:52.792]And it is an awesome experience and I really recommend you getting involved and yeah, just making the most out of this experience as you can.
- [00:05:06.306]Spanish: 'Don't be afraid to be engaged. It is a decision that will change your life. That is something I will never regret.'
- [00:05:15.948]Arabic: 'Talent without work is worthless.'
- [00:05:18.951]Malay: 'If you don't try, success won't come.'
- [00:05:24.590]Spanish: 'I encourage students to get involved, meet new people and make new friends. It is really worth it.'
- [00:05:56.255]Mandarin: 'Students who want to come to UNL should be themselves and work hard to pursue the goals they want to achieve.'
- [00:06:08.768]Nepali: 'Keep going in life with a big smile and a lot of hard work.'
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