Student Spotlight: Kelsey Tarrell

Kelsey Tarrell
Kelsey Tarrell
February 21, 2020

Hometown: Omaha, Neb.

Major: Horticulture 

Anticipated Date of Graduation: May 2020

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

I had a largely unconventional college experience and bounced around from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to the University of Nebraska Omaha. While considering if college was even the right path for me, I showed up for a quick Saturday tour of the Horticulture department in Kiem Hall, where I met Kim Todd. I was enrolled within the week and began taking classes less than a few months following.

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

The star magnolia south of Plant Science. Oh yeah, and all the opportunities for growth and wonderful professors who devote their lives to bettering ours. But mostly, the magnolias.

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

In all honesty, this is sometimes where I wish we could expand. We are constrained geographically and culturally, but I am really excited to see CASNR grow as Lincoln and Nebraska continue to become more diverse. CASNR is and should be a home for everyone, and I am proud to stand behind those pushing that even further. 

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

Entomology 116. After taking it, I genuinely enjoyed it so much that I was privileged enough to TAA for the class for a couple of semesters. The class, although challenging, involved running around outside with large nets in order to catch, kill, and collect insects. Think Call of Duty, but with lady bird beetles and boxelder bugs. Shout out to Steve Spomer and happy retirement! 

What are your plans post-graduation?

I have been so grateful to Nebraska for paving my path for me these last 4 years, and it is really exciting for me to begin doing that myself. My overarching goal is to avoid the word “no” and to make the most of any experience offered. I have had job offers already, which is highly complementary, but at this point, I’m still looking just to make sure there is no stone left unturned.

 What’s life like outside of school?

Outside of school is similar to life within school: filled with a whole lot of flowers, with maybe just a touch more golden retriever. In my free time, you’ll probably find me out hiking at Platte River State Park or taking a yoga class in the telegraph district. It is equally as likely to find me in the front seat of my Honda dancing to Tom Petty or maybe some show tunes. 

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