Student Spotlight: Francine Watkins

Francine Watkins
Meet Francine Watkins, a senior from Omaha, Nebraska graduating in May with a degree in veterinary sciences.
April 12, 2021

Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska

Major: Veterinary Sciences

Anticipated Date of Graduation: May 2021

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

I decided to come to UNL because I knew the veterinary program here was exceptional and would give me a good foundation for my future career. I also just loved touring East Campus because it is so pretty!

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

My favorite thing about UNL is the people. I love the community I have become a part of while being a student here and it has helped me to discover a lot about myself. 

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

Diversity and inclusion within CASNR have really played a role in how I view our awesome community and the world. It helps me learn about people who do not have the same background as I do, and it really makes me optimistic about what great things future CASNR alumni will contribute to society. 

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

My favorite class I've taken so far has to be my field epidemiology class I took out at Cedar Point Biological Station in the summer of 2019. We were out in the field almost every day and collected so many different species for our experiments. I also only had seven other classmates, which made it even cooler since we became so close. 

What are your plans post-graduation?

My plan post-graduation is to go to vet school and become a wildlife/conservation veterinarian. 

What’s life like outside of school?

As a veterinary science student, I do not have a lot of free time, but while on campus I love to hang out with my roommates and go to the rec center on East Campus. During breaks, I also work at a veterinary clinic back in my hometown.