Hometown: Clarkson, Nebraska
Major: Agricultural Economics
Anticipated Date of Graduation: August 2023
Why did you decide to come to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln?
I knew I wanted to come to college for something in agriculture, and the University of Nebraska at Lincoln has one of the best ag programs in the state. My mom and grandpa also attended UNL.
What is your favorite thing about the University of Nebraska-Lincoln?
I love the people I met, how involved I got, and the opportunities I found through CASNR and UNL Extension.
What about diversity and inclusion? Is it necessary to you when you think about your CASNR experience?
Diversity is an important part of the CASNR experience. We are an agriculture college and agriculture expands farther than our state. Agriculture differs in climate, crops, and practices across the U.S. and other countries. Being able to see different viewpoints and operations can be helpful to better understand global agriculture. Being able to interact with those from other countries and learn about their ways of agriculture has been interesting and beneficial.
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?
I would say I have experienced cultural differences through being a student worker on campus. I previously worked with the state 4-H office and currently work as a CASNR Ambassador, and the incoming students or youth I have been able to meet and interact with has opened my eyes to different viewpoints and experiences that I otherwise would not have gotten a chance to hear about.
What is your favorite class you have taken so far and why?
My favorite class I have taken so far is one I am currently taking and that is Advanced Agriculture Marketing Management (AECN 435). I have taken a few commodity marketing classes previously and this class was able to tie all the pieces together for me. We learn marketing strategies and market behaviors by looking at the current ag markets and applying theories to what is currently happening. The professor, Jeff Peterson, also cares about his students and wants to know their background and experience in agriculture.
What are your plans post-graduation?
My post-graduation plans are still undecided. I have an internship this summer with Bayer and am hoping that will lead to a full-time position with the company.
What's life like outside of school?
Outside of school I would say I am active. During the fall, I enjoy going to Husker football and volleyball games and deer hunting. I also like to go home to help my uncle on the farm during breaks or on weekends or whenever needed. Otherwise, I work as a student ambassador for CASNR and at the dairy on East Campus helping with the graduate students’ research. If I am not on the farm or on campus, I am usually doing something back home with the volunteer fire department I serve on or working with the state fire marshal training division.