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Mechanical and Materials Engineering · Nowshahr, Iran
Coming to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln involved a lot of firsts and lasts for Ramin. He would be a first-generation student leaving to visit the United States for the first time. His single-entry visa meant it would be the last time he would see his family for five and a half years and the last time he would see his home country. Though the transition was a big one, Ramin remembers being excited for the new experience. He threw himself into his studies and became involved in the community. He frequented coffee shops, the Outdoor Adventure Center and biking trails. Ramin even became president of the Iranian Student Organization and a graduate ambassador for the College of Engineering. Most significantly, Ramin became a husband and stepfather. Despite being so busy, Ramin still wanted to do more. When he learned about an opportunity to teach middle school students about STEM through the Girls Inc. Eureka! program, he was quick to volunteer. He identified with the challenge many of the girls will face someday in college as first-generation students like him, and he wanted to serve as living proof that if they worked hard they could make their dreams come true, too. "There were so many odds against me, and I made it." Ramin said. Ramin also wanted the girls to know that engineering wasn’t just for boys. At the end of their class session on polymers and recycling, he took them on a tour of the College of Engineering so they could see where they could study engineering in just a few short years. He’s seen firsthand how education can change people, and he wants to continue to help others learn and grow.
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Professor of Agronomy and Horticulture · Ethiopia
Martha has a deep passion for soil, a resource that most of us take for granted. Her interest was shaped through growing up in Ethiopia where agriculture is the backbone of the country. As a young woman, she knew that if the opportunity arose, she would give back to agriculture in any way possible. After moving to the states as a teenager and gaining several degrees, she started working at Nebraska as a researcher and professor of soil science in 2000. She teaches an entry-level soil resources course and upper-level nutrient management course. Martha says she's "in the business of capacity building," showing students how important studying soil can be. She loves seeing the growth in students as they gain an appreciation and understanding of soil as a natural resource. A few years ago, she traveled to Ethiopia with an interdisciplinary group to collect information from food insecure regions, and the group received additional funding to involve undergraduate students for a study abroad program. Being able to see first-hand what these regions look like was a valuable learning tool for the students. Outside of the classroom, Martha researches how cattle grazing strategies influence soil and enjoys spending time with her three children.
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Counseling and Psychological Services · Suzhou, China
Kylie works day in and day out to help international students feel at home in Nebraska. When international students arrive in Nebraska, they face more than just a language difference. They also encounter differences in culture, values, weather, and food — all while juggling their classes. This can cause stress in many students. As a counselor for Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), Kylie is there to help. Kylie feels especially passionate about helping students adjust to living and studying in a new country after her own experience with acclimating to U.S. culture. She runs the International Student Discussion support group as well as Stress Management Consultation for International Students. Both opportunities are designed with the intention of making it easy for students to drop in and connect with a counselor without having to register or check-in at a front desk. She says that while international students are her focus, they're not the only students facing stressful situations in college. "Everyone has all different levels of stress," Kylie said. "You are not the only one. If you feel you're overwhelmed by stress, seek out help." By participating in a group or private counseling session through CAPS, students can learn about coping skills and stress management tactics. It also provides them with the opportunity to meet face-to-face with a care provider. "To know that we are not alone, we know that logically," Kylie said. "But to feel that you are not alone, that's the connection that works to help support you to get through things."
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