IANR Global’s team expands with new hire Yi Xuen Tay

New Global Engagement staff member Yi Xuen Tay at her recent graduation from Nebraska. Photo credit Isaiah Somanas.
New Global Engagement staff member Yi Xuen Tay at her recent graduation from Nebraska. Photo credit Isaiah Somanas.

By Brianne Wolf | IANR Global Engagement

The Global Engagement Office for the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources is thrilled to introduce its newest team member, Yi Xuen Tay.

Tay interned with the team in the summer of 2019 and was such an asset to the office’s work that she came on as a full-time staff member for her OPT (Optional Practical Training for international student graduates) in November.

During her summer internship, Tay was integral in assisting IANR Global with programming for the Rwandan CUSP Scholars, helping execute a symposium with partner Kobe University, and collaborating with the Asia Foundation to host 13 early-career diplomats from 13 countries across Asia. Meet Tay and get know a little more about her Husker experience at UNL.

What is your position at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln?
Managerial Professional at the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) Global Engagement office.

What drew you to the University of Nebraska—Lincoln?
It really started out with the lower cost of attendance for undergraduate students and the amount of scholarship given to international students, truly appreciated that! But once I held several student jobs on campus, I knew I would love to continue on working here full time after graduation. I absolutely adore the campus climate and work culture!

What aspect of working in an educational setting do you enjoy the most?
Interacting with and helping students. Able to witness their development and growth over time as they advance from year to year, it is so rewarding and fulfilling. That’s the reason I’m going into Student Affairs!

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
How I was able to adapt to and build a life here as an international, transfer and first-generation student. My various involvements during my last two years of college and the fact that I was able to secure a full-time position before graduation.

What is something that most people don't know about you?
I actually grew up speaking Mandarin Chinese as my mother tongue, and I did not pick up English until I was about 15. People tend to be surprised that I speak another language since I can speak American English fluently with no accent.

What is your life like outside of work?
Currently applying to graduate school, which is really hectic. I have been involved nationally as an alumni with my sorority, Sigma Psi Zeta, in the recruitment and new member education process. I am also exploring new things like trying out new recipes and yoga. Otherwise, I’m just doing things that I did not have time for while I was still in college, like reading books and watching Netflix!

This article was originally published on the IANR Global Engagement website. Learn more about the office’s work at https://ianr.unl.edu/global-engagement.