Student Spotlight: Sydney Brewer

Sydney Brewer
Sydney Brewer
February 19, 2020

Hometown: Falls City, Neb.

Major: Fisheries & Wildlife

Anticipated Date of Graduation: May 2021

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

On my visit at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln I fell in love with my program of interest and the people. I felt like I had my home surrounded by an academic program that inspired me and people who genuinely cared about me and my success. I remember sitting in my academic appointment with Dr. Carroll talking about his study abroad to Botswana and that minute I knew I was going to come to Nebraska and I was going to participate in that study abroad. It really struck a passion for me and I saw that I would have the opportunity to have amazing experiences like that one here. 

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

I love all of the opportunities the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has to offer. As a student, I have had the opportunity to study abroad, hold numerous leadership positions and be a part of something larger than myself through service activities. These experiences have allowed me to discover myself and my passions and have enabled me to grow into the individual I am today. I believe that all of these opportunities give me valuable life experience that will benefit me throughout my life. 

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

Coming from small town Nebraska, I hadn't been able to experience much diversity. The diversity and inclusive excellence in CASNR has allowed me to branch out and meet so many different people. I can vividly remember sitting down in my SCIL 101 class as a first semester freshman in a group with two students from Rwanda. At first I experienced a little bit of culture shock, but quickly became grateful for that friendship because they were able to teach me so much about agriculture in their country and encouraged me to apply for my study abroad program in Africa. I now have friends from different cities, states, and countries that challenge me with new ideas and views. This has allowed me to grow and become a more empathetic individual. 

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

Wildlife Field Techniques has been my favorite class so far because it was all hands-on learning. The class is taught at Cedar Point Biological Station over fall break. I learned so many applicable field techniques through hands-on activities in the field. Some of these skills include bird banding, camera trapping, blow darts, measurements of turtles, and radio telemetry to name a few. These skills are beneficial in helping me land internships and jobs in the area of wildlife biology.

 What are your plans post-graduation?

After completing my undergraduate program, I plan to continue my education through a masters program in some area related to wildlife biology. My longterm goal is to become a professor in my area of study because I enjoy educating others about topics I am passionate about. I want to be able to help students find their passions and provide them with amazing undergraduate experiences like my professors gave me.

What’s life like outside of school?

Outside of school, I am a member of the Panhellenic Council Executive Team, NHRI Mentoring & Leadership, The Big Event Executive Team, Dance Marathon Staff, Phi Mu Sorority and Wildlife Club. I also work as a CASNR Ambassador and TA a biology lab. In my free time you can find me participating in outdoor activities, attending sporting events, and watching movies with my friends.