I'm A Husker &
Nurik Finance · Khujand, Tajikistan
With a smile from ear to ear and infectious enthusiasm, Nurik is one to leave an impression on everyone he meets. Coming to the university as an international student, he saw himself as self-sufficient and was always helping others. In college, however, the tables turned - requiring Nurik to be the one asking for assistance. Whether questioning his domestic-student roommates why a joke was funny or having another set of eyes read over his paper in the writing center, he is very appreciative of the academic and social support he’s received in Lincoln. Originally, Nurik sought comfort in students similar to him, like in the Russian Club on campus. Soon, though, he realized the importance of immersing himself in the diversity of campus to strengthen his understanding of himself and American culture. As for most every student, freshman year was full of lessons about independence and growing up. Through it all, Nurik faces adversity with a smile on his face. The kindness he prides himself on demonstrating is what he feels connects him most to other Huskers. For all faculty, staff and students at the university, Nurik offers one piece of advice - “Smile more.”
“I realized the importance of immersing myself in the diversity of campus to strengthen my understanding of myself and American culture.”
Joe Athletic Training · Wayne, Nebraska
After spending nearly twelve years with the U.S. Army, Joe assumed college would be a piece of cake. “They’re not trying to kill me,” he reasoned. His tasks during deployment were straight-forward; college, however, was harder than expected. He was, and remains to be, constantly busy - with classes, internships and his work as a student veteran peer mentor. Though his education at the university is not easy and takes a great deal of effort, he, like most other students, finds college to be pretty fun. The values instilled in Joe during his military career transfer over to his role as a student - motivation, focus and hard work. Though he is grateful for the work of fellow student veterans in creating a resource center and accompanying student organizations, he sees great opportunity for more veterans to attend the university. The maturity and work ethic of these students is well-developed, preparing them for a successful career as a student. His education at Nebraska has given him a great advantage when going into his post-collegiate career, and Joe readily praises his professors and advisers for their help. As he has been for years, Joe is and will continue to be a life-long Husker.
“The values instilled in my military career transfer over to my role as a student - motivation, focus and hard work.”
Christian English · Bellevue, Nebraska
With a vast vocabulary and eloquent voice, Christian has always had a love for words. Whether competing as a member of the university speech and debate team or walking the halls of Andrews for his classes as an English major, he largely defines his time at the university through his academic experience. Christian loves his field of study, because, “Everyone takes an English class, so you meet people from all walks of life.” Getting to know new people through classes and his on-campus job at the University Bookstore, he prides himself as being a friendly face on campus. Though his positivity is evident through his smile and presence, college hasn’t always been pleasant for Christian. From being gay to struggles with body image and mental health, the once sturdy person Christian saw himself as came to a crumbling halt. By seeking support from friends, family and the counseling and psychological services office in the health center, he came to peace with himself and started on a new path. Changing his ways and adjusting to the level of freedom he has in college taught him the importance of not putting false expectations on himself or others. Christian is now confident in who he is and the role he plays at this university, because no matter where he and his fellow students end up in the world, they will always be Huskers.
“Changing my ways and adjusting to the level of freedom in college has taught me the importance of not putting false expectations on myself or others.”
Leemah Political Science and Global Studies · Omaha, Nebraska
As a first-generation student of Afghan descent raised in the Midwest, Leemah has always understood her cultural and racial identities are fluid. Taking pride in the different aspects of her life, she has found the university to be a great place to call home during the transformative years of college. Though she has experienced personal growth throughout her time, she did not always understand her place at this university. The resources on campus, as well as the education she obtained from classes and involvement, have allowed Leemah to carve out her own place and grow in her understanding of people both similar and different from her. Her convictions have developed steadily with her knowledge - a friendly reminder that people can and will believe in you if you believe in what you’re saying.
“At the end of the day, we will never understand the individual experiences of each person. What we can do, however, is validate them.”
Maxine Advertising and Public Relations · Norfolk, Nebraska
When asked about what makes her distinctive from others on campus, Maxine laughs and replies, “My age.” Currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree, she sees her values shared with countless others at the university; passionate people excited about learning, trying to get a degree and a sincere want to make the world a better place. Adjusting to life in college was hard, as it is for most any student, learning to connect with instructors and practice strong time management skills. She can immediately recount her first mass communications professor, Carla Kimbrough, as a welcoming face as she began this journey. She readily shares her gratitude for the understanding nature of the professors. Last year, Maxine needed to take some time off to attend to family needs. When contacting her instructor about missing class, he replied saying, “Thanks for being a good mom.” To faculty, staff and students at the university, Maxine believes sincere thanks are in order.
“Thank you for accepting me, encouraging me and for being here.”