Student Spotlight: Brooks Ronspies

Brooks Ronspies
Brooks Ronspies

Hometown: Omaha, Neb.

Major: Agricultural Economics (MS) and Natural Resource and Environmental Economics (BS)

Anticipated date of graduation: May 2019 

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

I came to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln because there were people in my life I looked up to who had been successful here. My dad and sister are both UNL alums and they always had good things to say about the university. I'm happy to have been able to share some of the same experiences they had while also creating my own story. 

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

My favorite part about UNL is the diversity of classes and experiences I've had here. I enjoy getting to try new things and learning to look at issues different ways. My advisors and professors have always encouraged this type of behavior and because of this I've been able to put myself in situations I wouldn't have imagined myself in before I came here. 

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

My favorite class I have taken so far was my undergraduate capstone course, Agricultural and Natural Resource Policy (AECN 445). The course gave me a chance to bring together different theories and skills I had learned previously. The class reassured me that I chose the right course of study and motivated me to continue my education. 

What are your plans post-graduation? 

There are many different things that I would like to accomplish after graduation. I'm interested in opportunities to spend time working abroad and possibly pursing a doctorate in agricultural and applied economics. In the long term I'm interested in public service at the state or federal level. 

What's life like outside school? 

Outside of school I spend most of my time with my roommates and other friends. We hosted our own tailgate for the first time this fall and attend sporting events whenever we can. I also enjoy any opportunity I get to travel. Whether it's a quick weekend excursion or something more elaborate, I'm usually looking forward to my next trip.