Major: Food Science and Technology
Anticipated Date of Graduation: May 2021
Why did you decide to come to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln?
I am an international student from Thailand. Back home, my parents are pineapple and rubber tree farmers, because rubber comes from trees. Fun fact - we used to raise crocodiles when I was younger but that was before a crocodile almost took my dad’s arm off. We also grow tapioca, but it goes by a different name in Thailand. I decided to enroll at UNL because of Husker football (I’m a big big husker fan) and its low tuition.
What is your favorite thing about University of Nebraska-Lincoln?
UNL is truly a beautiful place, inside and out. There are so many things to be involved in, and that makes the university shine. Through these clubs, campus organizations and events, I met a lot of my good friends.
How has diversity and inclusive excellence played a role in your CASNR experience?
As an international student, I was welcomed and greeted with excitement. I didn’t learn this until I enrolled at UNL, but CASNR has a big presence of diversity and international students, which is a joy to be a part of. Now, as a food science student ambassador and a Navigator’s student leader, I get to return my heartfelt gratitude to students and to CASNR.
What is your favorite class you have taken so far and why?
When I first enrolled, I didn’t know what I wanted to do or really major in. My sophomore year, I thought, “I am doomed if I don’t find something,” so why not food science. I do love both food and science, and I have some knowledge of food and farming. My favorite class by far is food quality assurance. Shout out to Dr. Chaves. He’s a great teacher. I really enjoy learning about food laws and regulations and food microorganisms. I love many things, including food.
What are your plans post-graduation?
When I graduate in May, I plan to return home to Thailand. With my experiences and knowledge of food science through UNL, I hope to improve our country’s food safety and regulations.
What’s life like outside of school?
Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. I go to a lot of coffee shops. Personally, it’s a great place to study, and meet with people. It’s a majority of my life outside of school. I don't know whether that’s sad or just boring.