Student Spotlight: Mariana Sanchez

Mariana Sanchez
Mariana Sanchez

Hometown: Manizales, Caldas (Colombia)

 Major: master's in entomology

Anticipated Date of Graduation: August 2019

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

Before meeting my adviser, I didn't  know much about Nebraska. It was just after knowing my adviser's work in applied entomology in this university that I got interested in knowing more about University of Nebraska–Lincoln. I found here a very multidiverse space where students from all around the world come to work together promoting the creation of new knowledge and the implementation of diversity as a source of creativity. I think that was the most important fact to decide pursuing my graduate studies at UNL.

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

As I mentioned before, diversity is one of the things I like the most here. Likewise, I love the buildings, the facilities and every effort the university does to make this place the best place of any student in the world to be in. I like that UNL is not only focused on your academic development but also in your professional development, as well as improvement of your networking and communication skills. 

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

In this university, especially in CASNR, every student is considered a key part of the scientific and cultural development of the college. Therefore, this environment promotes the development of  great human beings without biases or prejudices. 

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

I consider that all classes I have taken have been very worthy, since they combine the bases of  science with the relevance of applied concepts in any biological system. However, if I need to pick only one, I will pick "Chemical Ecology." This class helped me to understand how every interaction in nature is mediated by chemical cues, and how concepts from plant and insect physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology can join together to create more effective integrated pest management strategies. I really enjoyed that class!

What are your plans post-graduation?

I still don't  know exactly the course of my career, since I enjoy every new field I discover in science every day. So far, I would like to have an experience in industry and later on pursue my Ph.D. in any field of science. I consider that "the knowledge" is only ONE, and it does not matter the field you are involved in when you enjoy doing science and innovation and you are able to interact with interdisciplinary groups.

What’s life like outside of school?

It is awesome! I have met people from all around the world, and I like to spend time with them, learning about their culture and experiences. Outside of school I just try to enjoy the experience of studying abroad, which is not only about classes but about developing character, self criteria and a balanced lifestyle.