Student Spotlight: Brent Miller

Brent Miller
November 19, 2019

Hometown:Lyons, Nebraska

Major:Agribusiness: Marketing, Animal Science: Business and Communications

Anticipated Date of Graduation:May 2020

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

When looking at colleges in my senior year of high school, I was between UNL and Iowa State. I decided to go to UNL because I already had many connections on campus, the Ag Econ staff was super inviting, and the opportunities available were exciting.

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

My favorite part about UNL is the inclusiveness on campus. This may be partly due to being a CASNR student with a majority of my courses on East Campus, but I feel as if UNL is a very welcoming place for all students. East Campus provides a small town feel, and the faculty and staff are all very genuine.

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

Much of my exposure to diversity has been in opinions among other students and with interactions with the Rwandan Cusp Scholars. Living in Farmhouse Fraternity, I have had the opportunity to be surrounded by amazing men in a wide range of disciplines of study. As a result, I have nurtured greater respect for other majors. In regard to my experiences with the Rwandan scholars, I have further solidified my viewpoint that people, regardless of nationality or race, all have similar thoughts and feelings. Working closely with these scholars both in a work and scholastic setting has helped me develop as an individual.

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

My favorite course I have taken so far is ASCI 370 - Animal Welfare with Dr. Dennis Brink. In this course was discussed the psychological and physiological reasons for proper animal management. Temple Gradin's studies were used as a basis for course materials. I found the class both educational and enlightening on the reasons to ensure proper animal welfare at all times.

What are your plans, post-graduation?

I currently plan to pursue graduate studies in the field of International Ag Development post-undergrad.

What’s life like outside of school?

Outside of coursework, I am involved in the National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) chapter, the Nebraska Agricultural Youth Council (NAYC), Engler Entrepreneurship Program, CASNR Advisory Board and Farmhouse Fraternity. I also work as a marketing/business planning intern for AgVision International. Needless to say, I like to stay busy. Something I enjoy doing as well is showing livestock and helping my brothers run our sheep placement service, Northeast Livestock.