Student leaves Malaysia to become an international broadcaster

Natasya Ong traveled 9,000 miles away from home and left friends and family to pursue her dreams of becoming an international reporter.

“I wasn’t fulfilled studying at home,” said the native of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Ong, a senior student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, has adapted well to the American college culture. Ong came to UNL to pursue her education in journalism and broadcasting after her second year at INTI International University in Malaysia.

Ong left for the United States for the first time when she moved to Nebraska. Her father accompanied her for just two weeks before she was on her own.

Journalism is not a common career in Malaysia, Ong said, but she loves theEnglish language and creativity. Ong said she thought about pursuing law, like many Malaysian students, but it was not for her.

“I asked myself, what can I do to utilize my skills,” she said. “That’s when I found journalism.”

Expression is important, Ong said. Many Malaysian students study math or science, but Ong wanted to try something different and was willing to venture far.

“I love writing,” she said. “It is a way that I can express myself.”


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