There is always growth in challenges. Do what scares you the most and you will feel invincible after that.
Iribagiza was inspired to take up leadership positions in various organizations, including ASUN Student Government, the Rwandan Student Association and the International Student and Scholar Office. In her desire to share more about Rwandan culture and connect students across the university, Iribagiza helped organize a fashion show for Africa Night 2018 and a Language Institute during International Education Week 2020.
"I love engaging with students from different cultures," said Iribagiza. "I know that international students need a platform where they can talk more about themselves and their background."
With her legacy of serving as an active leader across campus, Iribagiza was nominated for one of the 2021 Women of Character, Courage and Commitment Awards from the university's Women's Center. She was also featured by the university during Women's History Month in March 2021.
"When I was nominated for the [award], it was a huge shock because I always minimized the work that I do. Being selected as a recipient was just a confirmation that I could see myself doing this for a long time," said Iribagiza.
After graduating this May, Iribagiza plans to follow her passion of student empowerment in pursuing a master's degree in higher education at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. In the future, she also has dreams of starting a women's mentorship program in Rwanda and building an orphanage to help others accomplish their dreams.
But no matter where her dreams take her, Iribagiza knows her time as a Husker will remain with her forever.
"Graduating from UNL means that it doesn't matter where I go after this – I am still going to be a Husker because Nebraska was my first home when I got to the United States."