Student Spotlight: Madison Kreifels

Madison Kreifels
Meet Madison Kreifels, a freshman agricultural and environmental sciences communication major from Syracuse, Nebraska.
May 2, 2022

Hometown: Syracuse, Nebraska

Major: Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Communication with Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program minor

Anticipated Date of Graduation: May 2025

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

I always knew that I wanted to come to the University of Nebraska—Lincoln. My dad is an agricultural education professor on East Campus, so I spent a lot of time on campus as a little girl. After doing more research on the opportunities that UNL provides, such as the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program, I was even more convinced that this was the place I was destined to continue my education. 

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

I would say the people here on campus are by far my favorite thing about the University of Nebraska—Lincoln. Everyone pushes me to be the best version of myself, and I am so thankful for this. 

What about diversity and inclusion is important to you when you think about your CASNR experience?

Everyone has different backgrounds when coming to college, but the beautiful thing is that everyone feels included. I was very nervous to take my first steps on campus, but having the opportunity to meet people from different parts of Nebraska, the United States, and our world has made this experience unforgettable.

Exposure to cultural differences is a huge part of college. What activity have you recently participated in that is different from what you are used to in your culture? This could be something you read, listened to, watched, eaten or otherwise taken part in. What did you learn from this activity?

One of the exposures that I have had is the food here on campus. I normally eat at the East Campus Dining Hall and they do a great job at serving foods from different cultures. I love trying new foods, so I have definitely found some new favorite dishes!

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

I love all of my Engler courses, but my favorite is my current Engler class: EAEP 275, also known as the $50 Venture. In this class, we are given $50 to begin our own business. Two of my classmates and I created our business called MSM Melodic. In our business, we spread our love of music with others by selling guitar lessons, refurbishing guitars, and connecting vendors with live artists. I feel like this class gives me the most real-life experience and that is what I believe is the best way to prepare myself for my future.

What are your plans post-graduation?

I plan to start a career within my major of agricultural and environmental sciences communication, specifically within marketing and video production. I am just a freshman, so my plans could potentially change within the next three years.

What’s life like outside of school?

I live in small-town Syracuse, Nebraska with both of my parents, Matt and Sarah, and two younger brothers, Jack and Carter. I love my family time, especially when we go fishing out at the Harlan County Reservoir. Another one of my favorite hobbies includes singing and playing the guitar. My parents love it when I give them private concerts at home.