Student Spotlight: Amanda Clymer

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Amanda Clymer
Amanda Clymer
Hometown: David City, NE
Major: Agricultural Economics
Minor: Entrepreneurship - Leadership
Anticipated Date of Graduation: May 2017

Why did you decide to come to UNL?
Attending UNL runs in my family.  I am a third generation student at UNL and I grew up hearing stories from my grandmother, aunts, uncles, parents and brother about their time at UNL and the people they met. I also had the opportunity to visit campus regularly during my time in 4-H and FFA for various state contests. I was so confident in my decision to attend UNL I never went to a campus tour in high school.

What is your favorite thing about UNL?
My favorite thing is CASNR of course! I think more specifically, it's the people of CASNR. As a student on campus I have seen time and time again that the staff, professors and administrators have a vested interest in the student's success. They truly want students to grow educationally and personally.

What is your favorite class you have taken so far and why?
My favorite class and probably the most beneficial one of my college career has been Dr. Tom Field's freshman entrepreneurship class. During this time we took the time to answer the tough questions and really look at where we want to go in life.  I remember creating my personal manifesto which today guides my time on campus; a student first, a leader second.

Our final project for this class happened to play a role in what I did this summer. The project involved mapping out what had happened in my life to make me who I am and creating an outline of where I wanted to go in life. One of the goals I had set that fall semester, freshmen year was to spend a summer interning in Washington D.C. This summer I accomplished that goal by interning at the U.S. Grains Council headquarters in Washington D.C. 

What are your plans post-graduation?
I plan to continue with my education with a master’s degree in agricultural economics with potential emphasis on rural community vitality. I hope to land a job on the other side of the land grant university model as an extension educator.  Growing up in 4-H and around some great educators has influenced me to pursue this path. 

What's like like outside of school?
Outside of the classroom I still enjoy time on campus. I work in the CASNR Dean's Office and for the ag group, Truth about Trade and Technology. I am also active in Alpha Zeta, UNL FFA Alumni, Agribusiness Club, Justin Smith Morrill Scholars and the Engler Agribussiness Entrepreneurship Program. I also love to take in Husker sports including volleyball, basketball, baseball and football. Outside of that I enjoy cooking, eating out, playing cards and seeing my family. 

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