Student Spotlight: Jared DeHaan

Jared DeHaan
Jared DeHaan
July 6, 2020

Hometown: Taylor, Missouri

Major: Sports Media with a double minor in Agriculture Communications and Agribusiness

Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2023

Why did you decide to come to UNL?

The moment I stepped on campus for my visit it felt like home. I had no doubt in my mind that Lincoln was the right place for me. The sports media major offered by the journalism school was a huge reason for me attending UNL, as well as a great agriculture department with a variety of minors to choose from.

What is your favorite thing about UNL?

The welcoming nature of everyone on campus and the close-knit relationships I made in my first year in Lincoln. I also love all the possible extracurricular activities UNL’s campus has to offer.

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

Diversity and inclusiveness have had a major impact on my CANSR experience so far at UNL, especially during group projects in my ALEC classes. It’s awesome when people from different backgrounds come together to complete a project together. Getting to hear people’s values and opinions allow me to grow and learn from their experiences. I grew up in a very small town where there was little to no diversity, so I have benefitted greatly from my experiences in CASNR.

What is your favorite class so far and why?

My favorite class I have taken so far is called mobile video production. During this course, we learned how to properly use a mobile device to record interviews. Due to coronavirus, this class was changed so that we could complete these interviews from home. I learned how to edit and cut videos together, as well as improve audio quality. This class is extremely important to my future success in CASNR classes.

What are your plans for post-graduation?

An important part of my life has always been livestock, so I plan on owning a small sheep operation once I get out of college. I’m also very interested in the broadcast news industry, whether that be agriculture or sports-related.

What's life like outside of school?

Outside of school, I participate in multiple clubs like tennis and Sports Media Club. I am a member of a sports-related podcast called “Unqualified Opinions” with four other UNL students. From April to October, I also show sheep and goats on the local, state, and national levels. The Aksarben Stock Show in Grand Island, Nebraska, and the American Royal in Kansas City, Missouri are two livestock shows during the school year that I participate in.