CASNR Change Maker Spotlight: Brett Gerdes

Brett Gerdes
Meet CASNR Change Maker scholarship recipient, Brett Gerdes, a junior agronomy major from Auburn, Nebraska. He is working to create a fishing group that specializes in picking up trash around public parks and ponds.
March 2, 2021

Major: Agronomy

Year in School: Junior

Hometown: Auburn, Nebraska

Please describe your big idea in a few sentences.

My big idea is to create a fishing group that specializes in picking up trash around public parks and ponds.

What impact do you want to have on the world?

My impact that I would like to have on the world is making it a cleaner and more enjoyable place.

How has the Change Maker scholarship and CASNR community helped you discover your passion and grow your skills?

Brainstorming ideas has led me to understanding what passions I have and how to act upon those passions.

How has your mentor/mentors shaped your experience thus far?

We have spoken a little bit about my plan, and it has given me some great ideas of future colleagues that may help me with this plan and the preparation.

What advice would you have for someone who is not sure if they should apply/if their idea is big enough?

All ideas start off small, so everybody is starting at the same place you are.