Student Spotlight: Jacob Hopwood

Jacob Hopwood
Jacob Hopwood

Hometown: Shelby, NE

Major: Animal Science, Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneur Program

Anticipated Date of Graduation: May 2016

Why did you decide to come to UNL? I decided to come to UNL, because I wanted to better myself. I attended a community college before coming to UNL and that was a great experience, but I didn't get the networking and the opportunities like I do at UNL.

What is your favorite thing about UNL? I took me awhile to get comfortable with UNL, because it was a whole new experience coming here from a community college. I like how UNL gives you all the tools to be successful not just in the classroom but in many ways out in the real world.

What is your favorite class you have taken so far and why? My favorite classes so far have been Animal Nutrition, Feedlot Management, and Entrepreneur 388 and 488. I really liked these classes, because they actually taught me what I will be using in the future to have a successful career after college.

What are your plans post-graduation? After graduation I plan on enrolling in the Feedlot Management Internship Program that is part of the Animal Science Ruminant Nutrition Program. My goal is to be a feedlot manager within 3-5 years after college. Then again, I am currently forming my own start-up called JH Livestock Systems. I have designed a product for feedlots to reduce heat stress in cattle and feed loss from precipitation. Both careers would be fine with me if I could be in two different places at once.

What's life like outside of school? Life outside of school is pretty hectic. Besides homework and taking care of my transfer student mentees, I also referee high school football and basketball in Lincoln. Refereeing football isn't as bad as basketball, because with basketball you can have a game almost any night of the week, which keeps me fairly busy.