Student Spotlight: Catherine Jones

Catherine Jones
Catherine Jones

Hometown: Bellevue, Nebraska

Major: Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Communication 

Anticipated Date of Graduation: May 2019


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

I did not apply to anywhere else, I knew this was the place I wanted to be. I had visited the campus many times before through different 4-H opportunities and other youth development experiences and loved each time I was on campus. The different staff and faculty I met growing up left wonderful impressions and motivated me to come make a difference in CASNR. 


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

My favorite thing about the university is that you get the best of both worlds. The culture and experiences offered to students on City Campus, East Campus and Innovation Campus are all so different. A student will never get bored and there are so many chances to push yourself outside of your comfort zone and grow. 


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

The diversity and inclusion in CASNR and at the university make the exceptional experiences an individual in CASNR has. I have grown and learned to think more open-minded and critically about issues and events I interact with. 


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

My favorite class was probably ALEC 350 which was about science in the media. This class actually is what inspired me to study what I want in graduate school. We looked at how consumers and various audiences look at the media and are impacted by what they see and read. I loved that we discussed more than just "ag-vocacy" and made a point that the environment and science issues are just as important when reaching audiences as a communicator. I have loved all of my ALEC classes though, I have learned something new in each of them.


What are your plans post-graduation? 

Pending my acceptance, I would like to graduate school. I would work towards my master’s of science in agricultural and environmental sciences communication with a focus in public issues. I would like to challenge myself and go somewhere new! I have applied to a few schools in the south. We will see what happens! No matter what I am sure I will be living the dream!  


What’s life like outside of school? 

My life in and out of school is filled with laughter! My friends and family constantly keep me laughing and feeling loved. I try to spend as much time as I can with both my family and friends. I also really enjoy riding my Morgan horse, Tootsie and hanging out with my cat, Meow! They are both very important to me! They can make any day ten times better. One of my favorite activities outside of school is volunteering for the 4-H program. I was an active member for twelve years and now I try to be an active alumni. Overall, its peachy keen!