A native of China, Lijing Zhang was accepted into several U.S. universities. She chose UNL because of its high ranking and affordable cost.
She didn't visit campus before enrolling but as soon as she arrived at UNL she knew she had made the best choice.
"My first week was smooth," she said. "I quickly connected with the international community."
Through her involvement in the Chinese Student & Scholar Association, Lijing shares her culture by performing traditional Chinese dances at various campus events.
She also spends a lot of time practicing English, one of the reasons she wanted to study in the United States: "people here are nice and friendly," she said. At UNL, Lijing has met friends from countries as diverse as Germany, Czech Republic, Japan and Oman. She's also developed a strong friendship with three American students who share her on-campus apartment suite with her.
Lijing enjoys studying at the library or hanging out at the café and restaurants in the campus union building. Another favorite spot of hers is the coffee house near campus.
During her upcoming junior year, Lijing will continue her global education through UNL's study abroad program at the University of Heidelberg in Germany. As a double major in Global Studies and German, this experience will provide greater opportunities to network with people all over the world. Lijing's experiences at UNL will give her a competitive edge in finding a job after graduation.