Student Spotlight: Blair Hartman

Blair Hartman
Blair Hartman
Hometown: Champion, NE
Major: Agricultural Education, teaching option
Anticipated Date of Graduation: 2018

Why did you decide to come to UNL?
When I was looking at colleges I was 100 percent against UNL because I thought it was too big and I was scared of Lincoln. However, I had visited another college and the entire time I was there I was thinking about UNL. I decided that was a pretty good sign that this is probably where I should be. I came on a tour, talked to Sue Ellen Peggn and Dr. Bell and I was instantly sold! The pride and community I feel here at UNL makes it feel like home!

What is your favorite thing about UNL?
The community aspect of campus. I walk around East Campus and know no strangers. The professors genuinely care about you as a person and are here to help you learn, and the students on campus won’t let you have a bad day!

What is your favorite class you have taken so far and why?
I am currently taking Animal Science 100, and even though I am only a few weeks into the class, it is by far my favorite so far! I have learned and reinforced information that is extremely valuable to not only my future career plans but also lessons that are important to my decision making of my current livestock operation. All of the information taught in lecture is reiterated with hands-on learning practices in lab, making learning functional to everyday life, not to mention a lot of fun!

What are your plans post-graduation?
Post-graduation I plan to teach agricultural education in a high school in Nebraska. I would like to get involved with range management by helping ranchers create a grazing systems that work for the resources they have available.

What's life like outside of school? 
Outside of school I am currently an intern for the Nebraska FFA Association. I enjoy socializing with friends and anything to do with educating others about agriculture. I am a member of Collegiate Farm Bureau and Block and Bridle. I also enjoying going home to help with our family farm.