Meet a Husker: Divine Mbabazi

Meet Divine Mbabazi, a recent graduate and integrated science major at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln.
June 26, 2023

Hometown: Kigali, Rwanda 

Major: Integrated Science  

Anticipated Date of Graduation: May 20th, 2023 

Why did you decide to come to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln?  

I had a strong interest in joining the Integrated Science program at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln due to its comprehensive coverage of various fields of study, particularly agriculture and communications, which greatly appealed to me. 

What is your favorite thing about the University of Nebraska-Lincoln? 

My favorite thing about the University of Nebraska- Lincoln is the people. I have had the privilege to meet so many great people here that have become friends, classmates, colleagues, and mentors.  

What about diversity and inclusion? Is it necessary to you when you think about your CASNR experience? 

As a Black international student, diversity and inclusion are crucial aspects of any institution or community I’d want to be a part of. Thankfully, UNL shares my strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, which has contributed to an incredible experience during my time here 

Exposure to cultural differences is a huge part of college. What activity have you recently participated in that is different from what you are used to in your culture? This could be something you read, listened to, watched, eaten or otherwise taken part in. What did you learn from this activity? 

A couple of months ago, I went tabogganing with some friends. This is something I’d never done before (and will probably never do again, because I almost froze to death), but it was so fun. It reminded me of a similar activity we used to do as kids in Rwanda where we’d slide downhill, except in our case we slid on sand instead of snow. My takeaway from that is as different as our cultures or backgrounds might be, we are more similar than we realize. 

What is your favorite class you have taken so far and why? 

My favorite class I have taken so far is Short Story (Engl 303). I am a storyteller and writing is a big part of that. This class gave me a chance to harness my creative writing abilities not only through my own work but also by learning from other renowned writers whose footsteps I aspire to follow in.  

What are your plans post-graduation? 

After graduation, I plan to work for a while to gain some work experience and expand my professional network. Eventually, I hope to pursue graduate education. 

What's life like outside of school? 

Life outside of school is fun. I go on walks, hike, hangout with friends, meet new people, watch movies, stalk campus squirrels, and read a good book every once in a while. I also like to draw, just for fun.  

What scholarships, if any, have you received? 

CUSP (CASNR Undergraduate Scholarship Program)  

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