EduCo in the United States, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

University of Nebraska–Lincoln strives for a student-centric experience

Putting students’ needs first is a promise that the University of Nebraska–Lincoln intends to keep as all its departments work collectively to bring about a meaningful student experience, especially for Spring 2020.

The International Student and Scholar Office (ISSO), for one, is hard at work implementing an engaging semester on campus, which includes adjusting to life and study in the United States and addressing questions on cultural norms for international students. The Office of Academic Success and Intercultural Services (OASIS), for another, offers free tutoring services. And yet another, Nebraska’s First-Year Experience and Transition Programs department has been renamed the Centre for Academic Success and Transition (CAST) to focus on academic success and support for all undergraduate students and not just the new students. As an added bonus, the Willa Cather Dining Complex has expanded its dining options to include healthy, homemade food for students to enjoy.

Cultural norms, dating and relationships

The staff of the International Student and Scholar Office have organised a series of Lunch and Learn sessions focusing on, among other things, dating and relationship customs in the United States. International students come from various parts of the globe and have their unique practices when it comes to building friendships with those from another culture. Knowledge of these beliefs and practices will bring about a better understanding and respect for each other’s culture.

ISSO also guides students in navigating basic laws in the United States in general and Nebraska in particular. They are oriented on how to observe local and national ordinances that make for good social citizenship in the communities where the students live and frequent.

ISSO has been holding socials for new students as well as activities that are geared towards making them more engaged on campus.

International students’ OASIS

The Office of Academic Success and Intercultural Services has become a real oasis for international students. OASIS has been giving free tutoring sessions since 21 January of this year to all currently-enrolled students on various subjects, with mathematics, biology, chemistry and English among them. OASIS is located on the second floor of the Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center in the Computer Lab.

The following is the spring semester schedule of the tutors and their subject areas. The spring sessions will culminate on 30 April. Students may contact Mya at: [email protected] for additional details.

 TUTOR’S NAME DAYS OFFERED SUBJECT
Anthony Monday 5-8 pm Mech: 200, 335, & 223 and Phys. 211
Aurora Monday 5-8 pm Chem: 109,110, & 251, Life 120, 120 Lab & Bio 206
Le Mai Monday 5-8 pm Math: 100-208, Chem 109 & 110
Mahnoor Monday 5-8 pm Life: 120 &121, Phys. 141, Bio:213 &213L, 206, 312 &314, Psyc. 181,288, 273, &380
Misaki Monday 5-8 pm Math: 101, 102, 103, 104, 106 & 107
Anthony Tuesday 6-9 pm Mech: 200,335, &223 and Phys. 211
Aurora Tuesday 6-9 pm Chem: 109,110, & 251, Life 120, 120 Lab & Bio 206
Bahar Tuesday 6-9 pm Math:100 – 105, Chem: 109&110 & Stat: 218
Brooke Tuesday 6-9 pm Eng: 150, 200, 215, 205, 230, 251, 315B,332,354, 355, 495, &478 and His: 277
Huong Wednesday 5-8 pm Chem: 109,110, & 251, Life: 120, 120 Lab & Bio 206
Kevin Wednesday 5-8 pm Chem: 109 & 110, Chem: 251 & 252
Le Mai Wednesday 5-8 pm Math: 100-208, Chem 109 & 110
Misaki Wednesday 5-8 pm Math: 101, 102, 103, 104, 106 & 107
Bahar Thursday 6-9 pm Math:100 – 105, CHEM: 109&110 & Stat: 218
Huong Thursday 6-9 pm Chem: 109,110, & 251, Life: 120, 120 Lab & Bio 206
Kevin Thursday 6-9pm Chem: 109 & 110, Chem: 251 & 252
Mahnoor Thursday 6-9 pm Life: 120 &121, Phys. 141, Bio:213 &213L, 206, 312 &314, Psyc. 181,288, 273, &380

Academic success at its core

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Centre for Academic Success and Transition, formerly called First-Year Experience and Transition Programs, has recently been updated to keep up with changing needs. The Centre was renamed to better reflect the university’s focus on academic success and support for all undergraduate students.

International students can make an appointment to meet with an academic success coach to guide them through the challenges of study abroad and their new life on campus.

CAST conducts workshops, one-on-one coaching and outreach programs to equip students to understand the higher education system in the United States and succeed in their study goals. The Centre also provides answers to frequently-asked questions and workshops to help international students transition into their new life in the United States.

A healthy dose of homemade food options

The university’s Dining Services group at the Willa Cather Dining Complex has hired a dietitian to provide a variety of options especially for students who have special dietary needs and food restrictions. Students may request for an appointment with the university dietician either through their resident assistant or a manager in the dining hall.

The Willa Cather Dining Hall has also expanded its dining food options to include healthy, homemade food for international students. When classes started on 13 January, a team led by Thom “Emily” Tran handcrafted the crispy egg rolls stuffed with veggies and spices that were served in the dining hall. They produced nearly 5,000 crispy pockets in a single day.

The menu selections include categories like World’s Fair, Make Your Own Sandwich, Pizza, Pasta, On-the-Grill, Soups, Salad Bar, Entrees, Starches, Vegetables and Desserts for lunch and dinner. For breakfast, they feature fruits and yoghurts, breakfast bread oprtions, on-the-grill breakfast, cereals and breakfast selections like country smoked bacon, fried tater sticks, grilled ham slice, hard-cooked eggs, homemade southern country gravy, waffles, scrambled egg whites, scrambled eggs, southwestern style hash browns and veggie bacon.

World’s Fair features Asian cuisine like beef bulgogi, fried rice, fried veggie egg rolls, homemade Tso and Szechuan sauces, made-to-order meat and meatless stir fry and steamed jasmine rice, steamed peas, stir-fried yellow squash, Thai yellow shrimp curry, beef in oyster sauce, egg fried rice and fried tempura battered vegetables.

Each entry in the menu comes with a rundown of ingredients that account for the total calorie count to enable students to monitor their daily calorie intake with each order that they make. The complete menu options can be found here.