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July 7, 2011

How Americans Think About Education

American College International Orientation Exercise #7- University of Nebraska at Lincoln
College is FUN Inside and Outside the Classroom

Video Name: Nebraska Engineering
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College Featured: University of Nebraska, Lincoln

What is this video about:
  • There are brief discussions that answer these questions:
  • What is the computer science and engineering program at UNL?
  • What can I do with engineering?
  • Where can I study abroad while earning an engineering degree?
  • Are there opportunities to learn new and fun things?
  • How do I find friends and support as an international student?
  • Can I play sports or be in activities outside class? What’s the benefit of that?
  • What can I do for fun in my spare time on campus and close to campus?
  • How can I find out more about this college?

Cross-Cultural notes:
  • Engineering Learning Community – Students in the department live close by each other in on-campus housing. This allows the students in the same program to get to know each other better, become friends, and help each other understand the class material better. One goal of such communities is to inspire the students to dialogue about their subjects, ask thought provoking questions and challenge themselves to think differently (innovate and create).
  • Throughout the video, the word ‘fun’ is used. Americans like to think of college as a fun experience. Previously the ‘fun’ aspect was confined to socializing outside class. Now a days, this ‘fun’ aspect is being played up in the classroom. Teachers want to make learning fun. Students must be serious and do all their work, but teachers try to make learning ‘fun’ by giving creative, hands-on and group assignments and other activities that stimulate interest. It’s not about being ‘spoon-fed’ information. Spoon-feeding is NOT FUN. It’s about learning through a combination of methods while gaining skills in independent thinking, brainstorming, questioning, innovating, inventing, and creating.
  • Sports and extra-circular activities were discussed. Most sports teams and other clubs may have more availability for undergraduates. If you are able to join sports or select clubs that interact with students from other colleges, that will give you a chance to travel in a local or regional area of the US, see new places and meet other people from different college.
  • Some facilities on campus are open to students from other colleges or the general public. Each college has different rules and regulations. The gym (rec center), cafeteria, library, and art gallery are some services that may be open to those not working or studying on campus.
  • On-campus sporting events, special lectures, concerts, plays, recitals and other events may be open to the public. Your friends from other campuses could come to your campus to participate in some events. Likewise, you could also visit other campuses to attend events there.
  • E-week. Engineering week. This event showcases interesting stuff going on at the campus related to engineering. Parts of this event are open to the public. 
Information about this video/ college:

Location of this college:
This college is located in Lincoln, Nebraska in the mid-west part of the USA. Nebraska is a state known for being flat with a lot of wheat and farm fields. The most famous TV character from Nebraska is Penny on the Big Bang Theory.

Map (City and surrounding area, not exact location):

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Thank you for taking the time to do the exercises and watch the video. This will help you better prepare for a successful cross-cultural adjustment in the USA. 

*I as the author of this post and blog am not being paid to promote these videos or colleges. I chose these videos on my own based on the fact that that they showcase American college culture in a way I found useful to the International College Orientation Process.

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