International student feels at home in the Heartland

NURICK MAKHMUDZODA
AGE: 21 YEARS OLD
HOME: UZBEKISTAN
MAJOR: FINANCE
HOBBIES: GYM TRAINING AND HANGING OUT WITH FRIENDS
FAVORITE SAYING: EARS AND EYES ARE POOR WITNESSES WHEN THE SOUL IS BARBAROUS.

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Nurik Makhmudzoda fell in love with Nebraska after attending an exchange student high school program in Omaha and decided to extend his stay in the Midwest.

“Nebraska is a great place and it turned out super well,” the Uzbekistan native said.

Makhmudzoda, now a Junior international student at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, has found himself at home in the heartland. He said the people of Nebraska made his experience unforgettable. After his high school graduation and only one summer back home in Uzbekistan, Makhmudzoda applied to UNL to continue living in the United States.

Makhmudzoda studies finance and stays involved. He keeps busy with his job with HuskerTech, hanging out with his roommates and training at a local gym. However, Makhmudzoda confesses that nothing compares to his summer job with New Student Enrollment, which helped him connect here at UNL.

“It’s one of the best jobs in the world,” he said. “It is amazing.”

At his NSE position, Makhmudzoda works with a team of fellow students to help new huskers enroll at UNL and become acquainted with the university. The job has provided him with new friends, creative projects and the opportunity to meet new people from across the United States. Makhmudzoda said he even met his best friend through his job at the university.

Makhmudzoda said he appreciates Nebraska’s individualist culture compared to the collectivist culture in Uzbekistan.

“It’s the best of both worlds.”

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