Student Spotlight: Erica Lewis

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Erica Lewis
Erica Lewis

Hometown: West Point, Nebraska
Major: Agribusiness and Food Science & Technology
Anticipated Date of Graduation: May 2018

Why did you decide to come to UNL?
UNL felt like home from the beginning. My dad is a UNL alum, and I grew up following the university. I had become familiar with East Campus through 4-H and FFA, where I learned about the food science and technology program. I had a lot of support from my friends, family and my teachers at Wisner-Pilger. I also knew City Campus pretty well since I grew up coming to Husker volleyball games with my mom at the Coliseum. Growing up as a Husker fan, it just felt right to come here, and I have loved every minute of it.

What is your favorite thing about UNL?
My favorite thing about UNL would have to be the people. Whether it be my professors or all the friends I’ve made, UNL has allowed me to make many wonderful connections. I’ve met many of my best friends through classes and attending Husker games. No matter where I go, I will always have the connections that I’ve made during my time here at UNL.

What is your favorite class you have taken so far and why?
My favorite class so far has been Agribusiness Entrepreneurship in Food Products Marketing (AECN 225) with Dr. Ron Hanson. I took the class because I wanted to take a class that gave me a chance to learn about the food industry that wasn’t directly related to my food science classes. I loved the class so much that it led me to add my Agribusiness major. It also helped me shape my career goals and realize that I really enjoy the marketing side of the food industry.


What are your plans post-graduation?
After graduation, I will likely go on to grad school. After studying abroad, I found that I really love learning about international agriculture, specifically related to the food industry. I will have a diverse background in both science and business, so I have a lot of options. I’m only a sophomore, so I have some time to work on my career plans. I’m very excited to have found an area that I am passionate about and be able to work in the agriculture industry someday.


What’s life like outside of school?
I like to keep myself busy. When I’m not in class or doing homework, you can find me at a club meeting or, most likely, some sort of Husker sporting event. I guess you could say I put the “fan” in fanatic. I’ve always been a big Husker volleyball fan, but now I go to just about every sporting event possible, although I have to say that volleyball and basketball remain my favorites. I’m also active in many clubs on campus. These include Scarlet Guard, the Iron N, Food Science Club, Agribusiness Club, Global Agriculture Club, Model United Nations, and several honor societies. 

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