Student Spotlight: Cadrien Livingston

Cadrien Livingston
November 30, 2019

Hometown:Orchard, Nebraska

Major:Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Communication

Anticipated Date of Graduation:December 2019

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

UNL has the only Ag Communications program in the state and ever since I was a little girl I had wanted to be a true Cornhusker. When I visited east campus, I felt like it was home and the staff made it feel that way too. Being a part of new innovative ideas that students and faculty are working on makes me excited about the future. CASNR and the ALEC department has given me the skills I need to communicate in the agriculture and science industries.

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?

As part of the Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow club, I have had the opportunity to take part in welcoming Rwanda students to the campus and learn what their experience has been like in Nebraska. I have also enjoyed taking part in Husker Food Connection which teaches students and community members about agriculture and where their food comes from. Those two things have played a big part in my life as a CASNR student.

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

My favorite class was AGRI 310 which is a class you have the opportunity to study abroad with. I went to New Zealand for my study abroad experience and did not want to come back home. In New Zealand, I learned so many new and diverse things in agriculture like how intense rotational grazing is done and why harvesting deer antlers are important. I took the opportunity to talk with the locals and learn from each other the differences in New Zealand agriculture and Nebraska agriculture. If you have the opportunity to go abroad, I would highly recommend it especially going to New Zealand.

What are your plans, post-graduation?

I plan to work in the agricultural industry advocating for safety for farmers and ranchers. Safety outreach has always been a big part of who I am and I have a deep passion for those working in the agricultural industry. I'm passionate about this outreach because I want them to return home to their family safe. In the far future, I hope to be able to represent the agricultural industry in the legislature whether that's at a state or national level.

What’s life like outside of school?

I work really hard at the jobs that I have to pay for school. But when I have free time I enjoy watching Law and Order: Specials Victims Unit and going home to help my mom on the ranch. I hope to continue to build a consulting business called Joyful Safety Solutions, which does communication and consultation for safety in all industries. If you want to know more, visit https://cadi8811.wixsite.com/cadrien to see how I can be of service to you.