Hometown: Culbertson, NE
Major: Agribusiness and minors in Animal Science and Krutsinger Beef Industry Scholars Program
Anticipated Date of Graduation: May 2023
Why did you decide to come to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln?
Although attending the University of Nebraska at Lincoln was always in the back of my mind, it wasn't until I spent significant time on East Campus for State FFA that I realized it was the place I wanted to call home. The atmosphere and small-town vibe of East Campus drew me in, making me feel right at home. It became clear to me that CASNR held vast opportunities for personal and academic growth, and I knew that I had to be a part of it.
What is your favorite thing about the University of Nebraska-Lincoln?
Attending the University of Nebraska at Lincoln is a remarkable experience for me, thanks to East Campus and the exhilarating energy of Husker game days. The sense of community and familiarity with most of the people on East Campus and the atmosphere of Husker gamedays truly make UNL a unique place.
What about diversity and inclusion? Is it necessary to you when you think about your CASNR experience?
Having had the opportunity to meet a diverse group of individuals during my time in college, I believe that embracing and promoting diversity and inclusion is crucial for personal growth and effective leadership. The remarkable diversity within the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources has allowed us to stand out and thrive as a community.
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?
Over the past year, I have had the opportunity to explore diverse cultures through my international studies. I spent two weeks in Spain last summer and traveled to Australia for three weeks over winter break. These experiences have taught me the importance of respect, open-mindedness, and inclusivity in embracing cultural differences. I am grateful for these experiences, as they have expanded my horizons and opened up new opportunities for me to learn and grow.
What is your favorite class you have taken so far and why?
Out of all the classes I've taken, AECN 401 Advanced Farm Management stands out as my favorite. Not only did it provide a significant challenge, but it was also incredibly relevant to those of us involved in agriculture. Throughout the course, we studied complex topics related to farm management, such as risk assessment, financial analysis, and decision-making strategies.
What are your plans post-graduation?
Following graduation in May, I have accepted a job with Greater Omaha Packing. I will be a Cattle Buyer for Greater Omaha serving the Norfolk, NE region. I am very excited to graduate and start my career within the Nebraska beef industry.
What's life like outside of school?
Outside of school, I spend most of my time hanging out with friends, family, and my Corgi named Tess. I also contribute to my family's cow calf operation and farm by lending a helping hand whenever I am back home.
What scholarships, if any, have you received?
Throughout my time here I have received the following scholarships: Leonard & Ida Selling Fund, Holling Memorial Scholarship, Western NE Ag Econ Scholarship, Career Connection Scholarship, Borowski Scholarship, EducationQuest Scholarship, A W & Edith H Epp Scholarship, Hermene Ferris Scholarship, Will & Hazel Loeffel Scholarship, Chevy Trucks Scholarship, McCook FFA Alumni-Boosters Scholarship.