I’m transitioning to something else that I’ve never imagined that I will be part of. I’m most excited to start my program because I get to learn more in-depth about the things that I can do and knowledge that I can use to better serve the students.
As she begins her graduate program, Sim will serve as a graduate assistant for the Nebraska Unions where part of her duties involve supervising and training Welcome Desk Ambassadors. The role will be a new one for Sim, as the majority of her experience in student affairs has been working with students transitioning into college. However, she is excited to work with current students and gain a new perspective, as well as continue her education at the University of Nebraska.
“The community here in UNL makes me feel like saying ‘Yay!’ I’m going to be here for another two more years. The relationships that I have with the people here, familiarity with the campus and how it operates makes me excited to stay,” Sim said.
The community she has built makes her feel at home in Nebraska and grateful for a support system she can rely on. As an international student, Sim greatly appreciated the help of her professors and teaching assistants who held open office hours, gave feedback on her papers and answered her questions. University staff and senior leadership were also open to serving as a mentor for Sim, who turned to them in the face of a difficult decision.
“I am really grateful that my college experience was fun, challenging, and rewarding at the same time. And I know that I would never have experienced the same thing if it wasn’t for the faculty and staff here at UNL, and the dedication that they put to create a welcoming and warm place here for all the international students to transition into life in Lincoln,” Sim added.
The open friendliness of the campus and community is what makes campus special, Sim said. She believes students feel they can call Nebraska their home because they have found a community they belong in and are able to embrace themselves, no matter if they’re from Nebraska, the U.S. or another country. From the library nooks where she’s studied for finals to the new restaurants she’s still exploring, every place holds a special memory for Sim. Ultimately, she wants to inspire students, especially international students, to be adventurous and passionate about their future. She has become a new person with the encouragement of Nebraska friends, faculty and staff to challenge herself outside of her comfort zone, an impact she hopes to leave on the students she serves.
As for if she’s ever regretted coming to Nebraska, Sim says never. “As they always say, once a Husker, always a Husker!”Meet more international Huskers