Student Spotlight: Shaye Koester

Shaye Koester
October 12, 2020

Hometown: Steele, North Dakota

Major: Animal Science; Engler and Nebraska Beef Industry Scholars minors 

Anticipated date of graduation: May 2022

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

I came to UNL because of the quality of the programs that are offered. Between animal science, Engler and Nebraska Beef Industry Scholars (NBIS), I am able to cover all of my interests and develop valuable skills. Engler was my main draw to UNL as I enjoy being an entrepreneur. It just felt like home when I toured, and I couldn't turn down the opportunity to attend.

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

The welcoming, Midwest spirit and Nebraska pride is my favorite part about UNL. It always helps foster a positive attitude and excitement about why we are all at UNL. 

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

Meeting many individuals with diverse backgrounds has opened my mind about the different parts of the country and world. I find enjoyment in meeting new people that have different backgrounds than I do because I can always learn something new. 

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

Design your entrepreneurial life with Professor Tom Field has been the most impactful class in my last 2 years. In 4 weeks, I experienced significant personal growth and was empowered to take on my big dreams.

What are your plans post-graduation? 

I plan to continue my involvement and career in the beef industry post-graduation. I do not have a set area to focus on yet as I am interested in the industry as a whole. I am passionate about educating and working with ranchers to make changes. I do plan to continue my involvement on my family's Red Angus seedstock operation in some form. 

What’s life like outside of school? 

Outside of school, I am active on my family's ranch and beef industry organizations. I am finishing my term as Junior Red Angus National Board of Director and am also involved in the North Dakota Stockmen's Association. I focus the majority of my time on my podcast, Casual Cattle Conversations, and interview different ranchers and beef industry professionals. I am also active in Block and Bridle and enjoy giving back to my local 4-h and FFA chapters through volunteering.