Hometown: Rochester, Minnesota
Major: Food Science and Technology; Animal Science minor
Anticipated date of graduation: May 2021
Why did you decide to come to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln?
I chose to come to UNL because of the facilities, the academic buildings are excellent, Innovation Campus is one of the greatest facilities of its type in the nation, the dorms are unmatched and the food in the dining halls is great. When I was on my tour, I could really tell that Lincoln was somewhere where I would be comfortable learning and get a great education.
What is your favorite thing about University of Nebraska-Lincoln?
My favorite thing about UNL is the people. I have met dozens of people that have made an impact on me in a positive way. I have met really good friends that I hope I can be in touch with long after graduation.
How has diversity and inclusive excellence played a role in your CASNR experience?
Within Food Science and Technology, we participate in the 3+1 program where around 50 students come to UNL for their senior year from Northwest Ag and Forestry in China. In addition, the Intergraded Sciences program and the majority of Rwandan students that are involved have allowed for discussions with people from countries much different than my own.
What is your favorite class you have taken so far and why?
My favorite class so far was FDST 363 Heat and Mass Transfer. What made it my favorite was the instruction by Dr. Andreia Bianchini. The subject matter of the class can get quite difficult, but she was always willing to answer questions and help. I once spent two hours in her office doing homework while she was responding to emails. It really made me feel like I was in a one-on-one class.
What are your plans post-graduation?
My plans for after graduation are to go into the food industry in quality control/food safety, making sure that the food that keeps the world running is safe and consistent. UNL has given me a great preparation for this by giving me the proper background knowledge and resources to have three internships in three summers.
What’s life like outside of school?
Right now, outside of school has been mostly work. I am currently interning with Hormel Foods, at their plant in Dubuque, Iowa as a Quality Control Intern. There I am under the supervision of a mentor, plant supervisors and the corporate team. Also at the plant are the other interns from Iowa State, Purdue, and the University of Cincinnati. We have done a lot of bonding outside of work and a lot of teamwork at work.