Student Spotlight: Agustin Olivo

Agustin Olivo
Agustin Olivo

Hometown: I am from a small town called San Antonio de Litin, in the province of Córdoba, Argentina.


Major: I am starting a master’s program in mechanized systems management with a specialization in water resources management and planning. This is in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering.


Anticipated Date of Graduation: August 2020


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

During January and February, 2017, I had the chance to participate in a short-term program made possible by the Argentina Fulbright Commission in collaboration with the UNL Center for Civic Engagement, International Engagement and IANR. During that time I got to know more about the American education system and meet with several faculty members within the university. After this experience I was impressed with the quality of graduate programs and ag-related research at UNL, as well as many other opportunities within the university and Lincoln. These points, along with everyone’s hospitality and a special interest on the research team I joined, all supported my decision of coming to UNL!


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

My favorite thing about the university is the welcoming nature of its people. Their support and kindness makes everything feel like home. 


How has diversity and inclusive excellence played a role in your CASNR experience?

Diversity and inclusive strategies have played a key role in my CASNR experience. To get to know the diversity of CASNR’s people during my time at UNL last year and the beginning of my program this fall, has been one of the most transforming experiences I have ever had, and I am sure this will keep shaping many values and multicultural perspectives. I have no doubt this makes a difference in our personal and professional development, especially for international students. It definitely contributes to making Nebraska a wonderful place to live!


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

My favorite class I have taken so far is called animal waste management. During this course, we went through different environmental aspects of animal production in Nebraska and the United States. I really liked it because I am really interested in environmental issues within agricultural systems, and how to help farmers build more sustainable business. Moreover, I was fascinated with its professional and practical approach, as well as the array of resources it gave me for my thesis project.    


What are your plans post-graduation?

Since I have just started my program, I am really excited about taking the most advantage of this new experience and then decide about the future. However, I know I am really interested in academia and public institutions. 


What’s life like outside of school?

In general I try to have a balanced lifestyle! Outside of school I really enjoy working out. I became a regular attendee at the rec center on East Campus since I got here last July! I also enjoy going to Husker games and meeting new people!