Student Spotlight: Erika Harms

Erika Harms
Erika Harms

Hometown: Glenvil, Neb.

Major: Agricultural Economics

Anticipated date of graduation: December 2018


Why did you decide to come to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln? 

When it came time for me to pick what college I would attend I was not really sure where I wanted to go. During high school I was able to be on East Campus for the State FFA convention and loved it. The campus felt small, even though it was a part of a large university. Many of my older friends had started college at UNL and shared their experiences with me. I enjoyed the idea of attending a large university that offered the small community feel and knew it was the right place for me.


What is your favorite thing about the University of Nebraska–Lincoln?

My favorite thing about the university is the people. I have met so many great friends and faculty members through my time here already. 


What is your favorite class you have taken so far and why? 

During my freshman year I took "Food Product Marketing" and it is still my favorite class to this day! I enjoyed learning how the minds of consumers work and why they make the decisions they do. It also connected economic concepts to things that happen on a daily basis. It was really cool to see these connections. At the end of the semester we had group projects where we created our own food product and had to market it. It was a really fun project that allowed for a lot of creativity, but also helped emphasize the ideas we had learned during the course. 


What are your plans post-graduation? 

After graduation I hope to accept a job in either grain merchandising or marketing. Last summer I did an internship with ADM in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, as a merchandiser and really enjoyed it. I am hoping to do another internship this coming summer in a marketing position for an agriculture company or cooperative so I can explore this field as well before I make a full-time career decision. 


What is life like outside of school? 

Outside of classes I am involved in the National Agri-Marketing Association. I help out on the marketing team and am also the NAMA club president. My other role on campus is a Department of Agricultural Economics Ambassador. I really enjoy working with potential incoming students and helping our department put on events. In between everything I also enjoy spending time with friends and making the trip back home to visit my family on the farm!