Hometown: Hickman, Nebraska
Major: Agricultural Economics
Anticipated Date of Graduation: May 2024
Why did you decide to come to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln?
When trying to decide which college I wanted to attend, UNL's Engler Program is what made Lincoln a no-brainer for me. I knew when touring various colleges, the ability to network and make connections would be a huge deciding factor. No other college I toured had a program remotely close to Engler. Coming to college here meant I would get crucial business advice and connections to help set both me and my business up for success.
What is your favorite thing about the University of Nebraska-Lincoln?
I enjoy meeting people within the Engler Program who are driven and have a sense of purpose. Steve Harvey once famously said, "People you chose to associate yourself with determine a lot of where you're going in life." The Engler Program has a unique way of setting students up with entrepreneurs who have reached levels of success most can only dream of. Many of my closest friendships have been developed within the program because of other’s similar desires to inspire change and be pioneers in their industry. If this quote is even remotely true, I know the program has set me on a path to success.
What about diversity and inclusion is important to you when you think about your CASNR experience?
When thinking about inclusion in my CASNR experience, the small town atmosphere of East Campus is important to me.
Exposure to cultural differences is a huge part of college. What activity have you recently participated in that is different from what you are used to in your culture? This could be something you read, listened to, watched, eaten or otherwise taken part in. What did you learn from this activity
Recently I had a professor recommend I read the book “Legacy”, which dives into the success and culture of the world's most successful rugby team, The All Blacks. I'll be the first to admit that prior to opening this book, I didn't know the first thing about rugby. The book really opened up my eyes to how I can learn about cultures I know nothing about. Once I opened up the book, I couldn't put it down until it was finished.
What is your favorite class you have taken so far and why?
Oddly enough, I would have to say farm accounting, tax and analysis because it has taught me how vital it is to keep things straight behind the stage if I want to run a sustainable and profitable business.
What are your plans for post-graduation?
After college I plan to continue expanding my custom hay and supply business that I started in high school to help save for college. Through this business, I primarily make high-quality small square and round bales of grass, straw and organic alfalfa. I market my hay both locally and throughout the Midwest to states such as Texas, South Dakota and Iowa. During the slower months of the year, I broker hay. Additionally, I am a dealer for twine and net wrap which is used in the hay making process to hold bales together.
What's life like outside of school?
If I'm not attending class or at an Engler Program event, you will likely find me in a hay field or chauffeuring local farmers and customers around in my old limo.