My advice for future international UNL students are to be proud of who you are and where you come from. There is history and pride in you, and no one can tell you otherwise. Just be yourself, and don't be afraid of trying new things and taking on new challenges in the field of academia and beyond.
One of the most distinct memories Choong has from her time at Nebraska was during the summer of 2019. She says the experiences she had that summer were what finally helped her transition to seeing Nebraska as a strange new place to somewhere she belonged.
"That summer, I took 3 full classes, worked 40 hours a week, moved apartments, went to the theatre every week, tried out new restaurants every other day... Experiencing Lincoln in the warm weather reminded me so much of home in Malaysia," Choong shared. "It was fun, and exactly what I needed to adjust."
As she wraps up her time at UNL, Choong will always be appreciative of her advisor in the College of Journalism and Mass Communications, Anne McConkey. It was McConkey whom Choong recalls became the first face of Nebraska as she welcomed her to Lincoln — and a lifelong mentorship that will continue even after she graduates.
"I just got off the plane, I was super flustered, I just went from tropical to snowstorm, and Anne's was the first face I associated with UNL," Choong said. "She has always been friendly, supportive, and an amazing listener. Anne, thank you."
As she looks toward graduation, Choong is currently applying for jobs in the advertising and marketing industry with an emphasis in writing. She hopes to one day work in California. But no matter where she ends up, Choong says graduating from Nebraska means she is ready for a new chapter of her life and to face the changes that may come, good or bad.
"UNL has prepared me well, and I am nervous, but eager to take the next step into a new stage of my life."