UNL gives international student new opportunities

JENNY FAM
AGE: 21
HOME: KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA
MAJOR: BIO-CHEM
HOBBIES: BAKING & CRAFTING
FAVORITE SAYING: “IF YOU WAIT AND SAY TOMORROW EVERY DAY, YOU WILL NEVER GET THINGS DONE.”

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Coming to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has given Jenny Fam more opportunities than strictly mastering her education in bio-chemistry.

Fam has seen a little bit of the United States since moving from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She originally began her colligate career at Wichita State in Kansas, where she studied chemical engineering.

The decision to attend college at Wichita State was made easier by the fact that her older sister also attended college there. Fam considers herself to be extremely introverted so having someone so close to her made the transition easier.

“Before I go up to someone and say hello, I have an internal battle for at least 10 minutes trying to get myself to approach the person,” she said.

Fam decided that she needed an easier way to meet her classmates so she decided to join the student council at Wichita State.

After getting a taste of life in Kansas and chemical engineering, she decided that she needed a change. Fam didn’t want to move too far away from her sister so she decided to see what UNL had to offer.

When she got to UNL, she wanted to continue her involvement on campus. Fam served as a teacher’s assistant for Engineering 100, which is an intrapersonal skills class specifically for engineers.

“Carmen Zafft (professor for the class) really helped open my eyes up. This class gave me confidence while talking to new people,” she said.

In Malaysia, college students don’t have teaching assistant opportunities, so Fam said she is extremely grateful for her education in Nebraska.

As well as serving as a TA, Fam works in the New Student Enrollment office at UNL. She has met many of her friends working at the NSE office and she gets along very well with her co-workers.

“When you find someone who is interested in the same things as you, it’s easier to get along.”

 

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