I am Lawt from Myanmar and one of the participants from YSEALI program. Nebraska is my first time journey to the US which is very developed, culturally and ethnically diverse country. As I started my trip to the US, i was full of questions with fear and excited in the 22 hours flight distance. Now it has been 2 weeks that I have engage with new challenges and experiences with full of knowledge in Omaha. Within the first week, I’ve met with the most talented peers from Southeast Asia Countries. Nebraska’s residences are gentle and warm which make me to stay here for my life. I have studied about the civic engagement and leadership skills with UNO professors by emerging ideas with our own experiences. I have learnt civic aspects by meeting with some UNO politicians and attending UNO community engagement events. Furthermore, exploring to museums and monuments give me more understanding of civic life of Nebraska and Native American’s history. We’ve had some team building activities made us more unite and built more understanding among participants created us more changes to interconnect not only within the participants but as a neighborhood of Southeast Asia countries.
In a week passed with full of experience, we visited to Creighton University as a university toured and we discuss about the native American history which provides us to know about our own background histories and encourage us to value of our community backgrounds. We ended with our wonderful day by visiting Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail and Midwest Regional office to learn about Nebraska history. The next day we began with our new journey to West Nebraska to learn about community services and histories. We visited Scotts Bluff National Monument and took photos with the historical records. We spent three days with our host family which keeps me warm, safe and happy. The reason is that i haven’t seen my parent for a long time which gives me the feeling of the family life. We had round table discussion about Child abuse, Neglect and empowerment with local social workers which make me turn back to our countries issue on our home children vulnerable life. Our discussion inspires me about caring and protecting from abusing their childhood life. We also made a cultural presentation from each country representative participants and I’ve interestingly learnt about their culture and I am very proud to share my culture as well. We also discovered about the history of agriculture in west Nebraska in tern of visiting to the legacy of the Plains. Throughout this two weeks, I have learnt not only the culture and history of Nebraska but I have studied the civic activities that are helping, encouraging, providing happiness to their community and the community also response with responsible and love which makes this city more peaceful and developed.