Lincoln for Out-of-State Students NSE Presentation
Learn about common challenges and concerns and get familiar with resources and organizations that support students from outside Nebraska. Hear from an out-of-state orientation leader about how they made campus home.
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[00:00:02.213]Thank you so much for joining me today
[00:00:03.360]to learn more about life in Lincoln
[00:00:04.920]for out-of-state students.
[00:00:06.540]My name is Emily Klesner and I'm an orientation coordinator
[00:00:09.270]in the Office of New Student Enrollment.
[00:00:12.120]Today we're gonna talk about navigating a new environment,
[00:00:15.120]some common logistics or out-of-state students often face
[00:00:18.360]and how out-of-state students can find community
[00:00:20.370]once they get to UNL.
[00:00:22.770]A few tips here for navigating campus and Lincoln.
[00:00:25.800]One of our biggest ones is to learn the layout of Lincoln.
[00:00:29.190]The area around downtown and near campus is laid out
[00:00:32.100]in a really easy grid system
[00:00:34.200]that uses letters and numbers to mark all of our streets
[00:00:37.890]so it can be really easy to find your way around
[00:00:40.020]by just seeing which way the alphabet's going
[00:00:42.270]and if the numbers are getting larger or smaller.
[00:00:44.820]We also encourage students to learn
[00:00:46.440]their cardinal directions and find some landmarks
[00:00:48.720]to help them remember which direction they're in.
[00:00:51.690]In Nebraska, we use cardinal directions a lot
[00:00:53.940]and so I'm just thinking about, you know,
[00:00:55.260]which end of campus is north
[00:00:56.730]and at the stadium is to the west and things like that
[00:00:59.790]can help when when students get turned around.
[00:01:02.610]And we also encourage you to think through
[00:01:03.990]some practical matters before you arrive to campus.
[00:01:06.990]Banking can be a really big one
[00:01:08.250]for our out-of-state students.
[00:01:09.540]Once they get here, they realize that it's kind of hard
[00:01:11.520]to access their money through their local hometown bank.
[00:01:14.520]So we do have a bank right here on campus
[00:01:16.530]that has a branch in our union
[00:01:18.000]that can be really helpful and
[00:01:20.070]one of the best things they do for our students
[00:01:22.200]is that they can print brand new debit cards on site.
[00:01:25.020]So if your student does lose their debit card
[00:01:27.000]or needs it replaced for any reason,
[00:01:29.040]they can go into the branch and have a new one
[00:01:31.050]within just a few minutes.
[00:01:32.310]That can save a lot of effort.
[00:01:34.110]Don't have to worry about the bank mailing it
[00:01:36.000]to the parent's home address
[00:01:38.100]and then them mailing it all the way to their student
[00:01:40.260]here in Lincoln.
[00:01:41.093]You can save a lot of time and hassle.
[00:01:43.320]We also encourage students to make sure
[00:01:44.760]that they know about their health insurance,
[00:01:46.860]know what their health insurance is
[00:01:48.540]and make sure they have their health insurance cards
[00:01:51.450]That way if they do have any medical emergencies,
[00:01:53.580]hopefully they don't but just in case they do,
[00:01:55.890]they are prepared for that.
[00:01:57.120]If students don't have health insurance and would like some,
[00:01:59.730]we do offer student health insurance
[00:02:01.560]through our university health center.
[00:02:03.870]And then lastly, we really encourage students
[00:02:06.330]who are out-of-state
[00:02:07.163]to make sure that they bring their social security card
[00:02:09.240]with them to campus.
[00:02:10.830]This can sound really intimidating and scary for parents
[00:02:13.320]to send the social security card off with their new student
[00:02:16.740]going away to college for the first time
[00:02:18.570]but many of our students come and wants to get a campus job
[00:02:22.590]right on campus
[00:02:23.430]so that way they can work while they're in classes.
[00:02:25.230]And that does require to have the social security card
[00:02:28.650]and it can be a really big hassle to try and get it
[00:02:30.750]cuz of course most people don't wanna mail it
[00:02:32.580]to their students.
[00:02:33.413]So if they have it right away,
[00:02:34.860]you can save some hassle later on.
[00:02:37.680]We encourage all of our out-of-state students
[00:02:39.210]to attend our various Welcome Week events.
[00:02:41.250]We call it Big Red Welcome.
[00:02:43.140]There's tons of events all throughout the week
[00:02:46.320]where you can get familiar with campus
[00:02:47.910]and meet a lot of new people and other new students.
[00:02:51.090]And then lastly, we really encourage you to explore
[00:02:53.220]all of our events on campus
[00:02:54.720]and throughout the city of Lincoln all throughout the year.
[00:02:57.420]There's always something going on on campus
[00:02:59.670]or in the city around campus that you can be a part of
[00:03:02.400]and it's a great way to get more familiar
[00:03:04.770]and to meet with other people as well.
[00:03:08.100]So common logistics that our students often face
[00:03:10.650]when they're coming.
[00:03:11.490]Of course it's transportation,
[00:03:13.170]that's a really big one.
[00:03:14.940]Many of our students feel like if they don't have a car,
[00:03:17.190]they'll never be able to go anywhere.
[00:03:18.960]They'll be stuck and they won't be successful
[00:03:21.060]here in Lincoln
[00:03:22.260]and that's just simply not true.
[00:03:24.000]We've had many out-of-state students
[00:03:25.530]that I've known personally who didn't have a car
[00:03:27.630]their first year on campus
[00:03:28.860]and they were able to get rides with friends
[00:03:31.260]and used the city bus system
[00:03:32.850]and had a really great experience
[00:03:34.620]even without having a car on campus.
[00:03:37.440]We also are a very bike friendly campus
[00:03:39.540]and bike friendly city.
[00:03:40.950]We have bike rentals that you can do on campus
[00:03:43.650]at our Outdoor Adventure Center
[00:03:45.000]as well as some local bike kiosks
[00:03:47.850]that you can rent from as well or you can bring your own.
[00:03:51.330]The city bus is an option that a lot of our students use.
[00:03:54.720]We have routes that go not only between our UNL campuses
[00:03:58.080]but also all around the city
[00:03:59.730]and students do get a free bus pass
[00:04:01.740]that they're able to utilize at any time.
[00:04:04.020]And lastly, we do also have Uber and Lyft available
[00:04:06.480]so students can utilize that at any time as well.
[00:04:10.260]When it comes to parking on campus,
[00:04:11.910]we do have a lot of great lots
[00:04:13.680]for you to be able to park in.
[00:04:15.270]If you do bring your car,
[00:04:16.620]residence halls will have very specific lots
[00:04:18.840]that are attached to them.
[00:04:19.890]So you'll, once you know what residence hall you're in
[00:04:22.950]and you buy a parking permit,
[00:04:24.330]you'll buy them one that is attached to your residence hall.
[00:04:27.660]If you're not living on campus and still have a car,
[00:04:30.270]there's a lot of general lots.
[00:04:31.740]There's a four, three or four different options
[00:04:33.570]for you that you can choose from
[00:04:35.160]to find the parking that works best for you.
[00:04:37.530]We also have a lot of parking meters on campus
[00:04:39.510]but I do encourage you to be really careful.
[00:04:41.160]Parking meters because they do ticket them pretty quickly
[00:04:44.910]and you will rack up those charges pretty fast
[00:04:48.090]if you're not careful.
[00:04:48.923]So just be cautious when using those.
[00:04:52.770]When it comes to airports,
[00:04:53.940]a lot of our students of course fly into Nebraska
[00:04:56.880]so they can get to UNL.
[00:04:58.200]It's very common
[00:04:59.033]and we do have quite a few different options
[00:05:00.720]for our students.
[00:05:02.070]So we have two airports that most of our students utilize.
[00:05:04.770]The Omaha Airport is about an hour away from UNL
[00:05:07.830]and then we also have a local Lincoln Airport
[00:05:10.050]that's just about 15 minutes away from campus.
[00:05:12.810]That local Lincoln Airport currently has United Airlines
[00:05:15.630]and they fly to Chicago, Denver and Houston.
[00:05:18.660]But in June and July of 2023,
[00:05:21.660]we are adding a new airline that's called Red Way.
[00:05:25.230]It's a public charter airline
[00:05:26.910]kind of similar to what you would think of as Spirit
[00:05:29.100]or Frontier, some of those airlines.
[00:05:31.470]And they have about seven different cities
[00:05:33.480]that they'll be flying to shortly.
[00:05:35.160]So that's really exciting for our students
[00:05:37.500]and it'll be a lot easier to access Lincoln
[00:05:40.620]and to campus for many of our out-of-state students.
[00:05:43.800]When it comes to shuttle options especially from Omaha,
[00:05:46.470]there are two different shuttle options
[00:05:47.970]that you could take advantage of.
[00:05:49.440]The first one is called OMALINK.
[00:05:50.970]They're a third party company
[00:05:52.410]that I've worked personally with many times.
[00:05:54.480]They're really great, kind and caring
[00:05:56.940]and really take care of our students.
[00:05:58.710]It's approximately $85 to make a reservation with them
[00:06:01.830]to get a ride from the Omaha Airport to campus.
[00:06:05.100]But it is an option that many of our students
[00:06:07.080]tend to utilize.
[00:06:08.970]We also have something called the NE Ride to UNO.
[00:06:12.780]What this is is our engineering department
[00:06:14.610]has a large charter bus that they take back and forth
[00:06:17.820]between the Lincoln campus and the Omaha UNL
[00:06:20.803]or the UNO campuses
[00:06:23.130]that students can make a reservation on and ride for free.
[00:06:26.580]They would have to get maybe an Uber or a Lyft
[00:06:28.890]from the UNO campus over to the Omaha Airport.
[00:06:33.360]That can be anywhere from a 15 to 30 minute ride
[00:06:36.330]depending on which stop they get off on.
[00:06:38.580]But it can save a lot of money
[00:06:40.170]being able to get up to Omaha for free.
[00:06:43.770]The Greyhound bus also comes through Omaha
[00:06:45.990]and through Lincoln.
[00:06:46.823]So if students would like to take advantage of that,
[00:06:48.930]the bus stops about 20 minutes away from campus
[00:06:51.420]here in Lincoln.
[00:06:52.860]The Amtrak train does come directly through Lincoln as well.
[00:06:56.310]The California Zephyr is the one that goes
[00:06:58.290]from Denver to Chicago, Chicago to Denver
[00:07:00.420]and that's the one that comes here through Lincoln.
[00:07:03.210]We also really encourage our students to take advantage
[00:07:05.100]of ride sharing
[00:07:05.933]with a couple of Facebook pages that we have UNL students
[00:07:09.120]that have created to find and connect with other people.
[00:07:12.030]But we also just really encourage students
[00:07:13.680]to talk to people who live in their residence halls
[00:07:16.680]or friends that they're making.
[00:07:17.820]There's really often that students who live in Omaha
[00:07:20.670]are more than willing to take somebody over to the airport.
[00:07:23.850]It's really easy to access the airport in Omaha.
[00:07:26.670]So I've just heard that a lot of students
[00:07:28.640]find it really easy
[00:07:29.880]to just take any out-of-state student friends
[00:07:32.370]that they've made
[00:07:33.203]and just take 'em up to the airport when they go home
[00:07:35.310]themselves for break
[00:07:36.390]and then bring 'em back to Lincoln when they all get back.
[00:07:38.970]So we really encourage students to reach out
[00:07:40.560]and take advantage of that option.
[00:07:43.440]When it comes to finding community at UNL,
[00:07:45.660]it's a couple different ways this can be done.
[00:07:47.940]The first one, we really encourage is to get involved
[00:07:50.490]in our student organizations.
[00:07:52.020]We have over 500 student organizations on campus
[00:07:54.836]that you can take advantage of.
[00:07:56.130]There really is something that fits everyone's interest
[00:07:58.650]and that can be the easiest way
[00:08:00.210]and the quickest way to find friends and be involved.
[00:08:04.410]Secondly, we encourage if you are living
[00:08:06.570]in the residence halls
[00:08:07.650]to interact a lot with your RA who is a resident assistant.
[00:08:11.550]That's an upper class student who is on your floor
[00:08:13.830]who's there to help just support you and answer questions
[00:08:16.890]and they also do a lot of events for your floor.
[00:08:19.770]So students sometimes they'll go and eat meals together
[00:08:23.250]or they'll do movie nights or craft nights
[00:08:25.170]or all different things.
[00:08:26.130]And so that can be an easy way to meet other people
[00:08:28.080]who live right around you
[00:08:29.640]and kind of get out of your room.
[00:08:32.610]We encourage you to to also meet
[00:08:34.230]a lot of upper class students
[00:08:35.550]especially students who are in your major and your program,
[00:08:39.030]students who have taken the classes
[00:08:40.530]that you're going to take who have had the professors
[00:08:43.290]that you'll have in the coming years.
[00:08:45.330]It can be really great chances to find some mentorships
[00:08:48.630]and some friendships in that
[00:08:50.040]and they could help share with you what it's like to be a,
[00:08:53.130]you know an upperclassman in some of those classes
[00:08:56.760]and courses that you may have to be taking.
[00:08:58.380]It can be a great insight for you
[00:09:00.390]as you continue through your classes.
[00:09:02.970]And lastly, we encourage you to attend
[00:09:05.040]campus and city events all throughout the year.
[00:09:07.230]It's a great way to get involved in the campus
[00:09:09.660]and the community and to meet people as well.
[00:09:12.270]A great opportunity that we have during Big Red Welcome
[00:09:14.460]for out-of-state students
[00:09:15.660]is our Out-of-State Student Welcome.
[00:09:18.090]During this Welcome, we will get to meet with other
[00:09:22.620]We'll give tips and tricks
[00:09:23.820]and hear from some of our orientation leaders
[00:09:25.710]who are also out-of-state students.
[00:09:27.690]They'll share some of their experiences
[00:09:29.790]and it's a really great time just to connect
[00:09:31.800]with other people
[00:09:32.730]who are from the same state or region as you
[00:09:35.490]and get to find out more about what it's like to be
[00:09:37.860]an out-of-state student at UNL.
[00:09:39.990]The full schedule will be on the Nebraska app
[00:09:42.240]so you can find out more about the logistics
[00:09:45.090]and timing for that Out-of-State Student Welcome as well
[00:09:47.520]as all of our Big Red Welcome activities.
[00:09:52.380]So to kind of summarize here,
[00:09:54.120]some tips that we have for family members
[00:09:55.770]to help support your out-of-state student.
[00:09:58.170]Again, just making a plan to talk about money and healthcare
[00:10:01.830]and talk about communication before a situation arises.
[00:10:06.600]Help send your love and support to your students.
[00:10:08.940]We do have an option that you can send
[00:10:10.560]some pre-made care packages to your student
[00:10:13.530]through this link here on the screen
[00:10:15.120]or you can make your own.
[00:10:16.200]Just anything that you can do to help show your student
[00:10:18.810]that you're here for them and supporting them.
[00:10:21.600]Encourage your student to reach out to the resources
[00:10:24.180]we have here on campus.
[00:10:26.070]We know that you are their first line of support
[00:10:28.350]as a parent and family member
[00:10:30.360]but not everything can be helped over the phone.
[00:10:32.940]And so we really encourage you to have your student
[00:10:35.340]reach out to the different resources on campus
[00:10:37.140]cuz we really truly are here to help support students.
[00:10:40.140]And then lastly, we encourage parents and family members
[00:10:42.450]to connect with our parents association
[00:10:45.120]as well as on Facebook.
[00:10:47.040]If you just Google UNL with your state name,
[00:10:51.060]there's a lot of different state Facebook groups
[00:10:53.460]of parents who have gotten together to talk about,
[00:10:56.399]you know their student experiences
[00:10:57.540]and just be a support system for each other.
[00:11:01.200]Couple tips for students.
[00:11:03.180]Really try not to overpack when you're coming to move in
[00:11:06.240]to your residence hall here in Lincoln.
[00:11:07.980]It can be really easy to do
[00:11:09.990]but we encourage students to kind of underbring
[00:11:11.970]what they think they might need.
[00:11:13.710]And you can always go shopping around Lincoln.
[00:11:16.080]We have lots of different stores here.
[00:11:18.030]We have Targets and Walmarts
[00:11:19.410]and all different kinds of things you can go to
[00:11:21.240]to help fill in.
[00:11:22.740]We also have the option where you can send boxes
[00:11:25.710]and ship boxes directly to your residence hall
[00:11:27.840]before you move in.
[00:11:29.640]Housing would like for it not to be more than a week
[00:11:31.590]before you move in
[00:11:33.000]but then especially if you have to fly into Lincoln,
[00:11:35.160]that can be a great way to get all of your belongings here
[00:11:37.950]without having to bring all of it on the plane.
[00:11:40.860]Again, just encouraging you all to attend
[00:11:43.440]our Big Red Welcome events,
[00:11:44.700]our Out-of-State Student Welcome of course
[00:11:46.800]but we also have our club fair and our street festival.
[00:11:49.410]Those are great places to find organizations
[00:11:52.050]both on campus and within the community to be involved in.
[00:11:55.560]Again, just getting involved, finding a club,
[00:11:58.110]meeting people on your floor so you can be,
[00:12:00.660]become friends with them and connect
[00:12:02.040]throughout your residence hall.
[00:12:03.510]And then lastly, really just exploring
[00:12:05.220]all that Lincoln has to offer.
[00:12:06.780]There's a lot that can be
[00:12:08.130]that happening off of campus,
[00:12:10.080]a lot that you can be involved in and a part of.
[00:12:11.940]We encourage you to step off campus
[00:12:13.440]and see what all there is to explore.
[00:12:16.560]If you do have any questions
[00:12:17.730]about being an out-of-state student
[00:12:19.170]or any other resources that maybe we didn't mention,
[00:12:21.990]feel free to reach out to me.
[00:12:23.040]My email and my phone number are there on the screen
[00:12:25.560]and happy to help in any way that I can.
[00:12:28.260]Thanks so much for joining
[00:12:29.340]and we look forward to seeing you at UNL.
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