Student Spotlight: Lily Steen

Lily Steen
April 22, 2020

Hometown: Minden, Neb. 

Major: Animal Science - Food Animal Agricultural with a minor in Nebraska Beef Industry Scholars

Anticipated Date of Graduation: May 2020

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

The university became familiar territory for me growing up. Many of my relatives and both older siblings attended UNL. I enjoyed visiting them and dreaming about the day I would finally get to officially become a Husker, too. From an early age, I knew I wanted to be involved in agriculture, and the university truly has one of the best agricultural programs. My pride and passion for Nebraska convinced me to confidently choose UNL.

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

East campus is one of my favorite things about UNL. As a result of being separated from city campus, it has the small-town community feel that reminds me of home. Everyone gets to know one another and build lasting relationships. The professors also make extra efforts to get to know the students which creates a more personable experience. I'm thankful for the guidance they have given me throughout the last four years.

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

Through CASNR, I have had the opportunity to meet many other people who come from a variety of different backgrounds. Working with other students has allowed me to become more well-rounded as an individual. Each student's unique knowledge has given me the chance to learn simply by listening to what they bring to conversations in and out of the classroom. 

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

Overall, I have sincerely enjoyed the majority of my classes as an undergraduate. Narrowing my list down to selecting one, I have to say my favorite class has been ASCI 210, Animal Products, with Dr. Steven Jones. I gained a lot of useful knowledge and enjoyed the lighthearted interactions despite the seriousness of the class curriculum. We witnessed and experienced the harvesting of different livestock species. I found it very interesting to learn about how animal products are used in our everyday lives.

What are your plans post-graduation?

Upon the conclusion of classes, I will continue to farm with my dad and brother. My brother will focus on the row crop side of our operation, and I will concentrate on our cow/calf herd. I am anxious to be able to be home full time and help implement some new ideas into our multigenerational family farm. 

What’s life like outside of school?

Life outside of school during the last four years consisted of spending time with friends and turning spontaneous adventures into memories I will cherish forever. I have a variety of interests. My faith is important to me, so I was involved with our campus ministry group, CRU. Participating in intramural sports allowed me to stay active and connect with more people. In my free time, I love to write and sing songs, spend time at home on our family farm, bake/cook, and find ways to be creative.