Hometown: Fallbrook, Calif.
Major: Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Communication
Anticipated Date of Graduation: May 2021
Why did you decide to come to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln?
My dad was born in Dorchester, Neb., and we would come out to visit his family every now and then. He raised my sisters and I as die-hard Huskers fans, and would take us to see them play in the Holiday Bowl. I finally came for an official visit in 2016 and again in 2017 and fell in love with the community and the campus. After going to a football game and spending about a week in Lincoln, I knew I had to be a Cornhusker.
What is your favorite thing about the University of Nebraska–Lincoln?
My favorite thing about the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is the communities that can be found within it, and the relationships I've created since coming here. Coming from so far away, I was worried about meeting new people and making friends. There are plenty of opportunities for students to get involved and meet people that have similar backgrounds and interests. Because I got involved in a sorority and in clubs, I have met some of my best friends and even my roommates!
How has diversity and inclusive excellence played a role in your CASNR experience?
CASNR is a very diverse college with the number of different majors and programs it has to offer. One of the things that I enjoy the most is meeting potential new students in my role as a CASNR Ambassador. I’m able to meet and interact with incoming college freshmen from all over the country with different backgrounds, interests and a common desire to pursue higher education. Without this opportunity, I don’t think my college experience would be complete. It has allowed me to open up out of my shell and has made me look closer at the interactions I have with new people on a regular basis.
What is your favorite class you have taken so far and why?
I love the ALEC 393 digital imaging and storytelling in agriculture and natural resources course. In this class, a small group of students is guided by renowned photographers and storytellers, Micheal Forsberg and Michael Farrell - commonly referred to as “the Mike’s” by their students. The pair helps already talented students find a project that they want to carry out throughout the semester and gives them the tools to do it. It’s a wonderful creative outlet and has really helped me build my skills in photography, writing and videography.
What are your plans post-graduation?
After graduating, I would love to work as a department recruiter for a college here in Nebraska. I really enjoy meeting new people and making a difference in someone's life. One of the reasons I came to Nebraska was because the recruiter I saw made me feel special and like I already had a place at Nebraska. To be able to have a small part in someone's life story would be so gratifying to me. I also wouldn't mind continuing to work in digital media. I love creating video and photo content, so putting that to use in my professional career would be astounding.
What’s life like outside of school?
Life outside of school is great! Like I’ve mentioned before, I really found my place in Lincoln and have enjoyed making and growing in the relationships I have here. You can find me on East Campus giving a tour to a potential new student, drinking a coffee at Cultiva or any of The Mill locations, spending time with my Sigma Alpha sisters, or spending time at home with my roommates.
Taryn is also a recipient of the CASNR Ambassador Scholarship and the Holoubek Family Scholarship.