I'm A Husker &
Carter Film and New Media · Lincoln, Nebraska
Carter came to UNL for many reasons. He's from Lincoln, his family is full of alumni and he has many friends on campus. Most importantly, though, was the film program. Being a part of a Midwest film school is a bit unusual, considering most are along the coasts. Although the program is small, the quality of education is phenomenal, and it's one of the best in the region. His love of cinematography evolved from his initial interest in photography. With videos, though, the story runs deeper. He could study it for his whole life and never quite grasp everything. It's a whole new level of technicality and creativity. Luckily, he has a ton of learning opportunities, whether it be class activities, competing in film competitions put on by Cinema 16 or his own projects. He even filmed a music video for Salt Creek, a Lincoln-based band.
“Although our film program is small, the quality of education is phenomenal.”
Abla Assistant Professor of Practice of Arabic Language and Culture · Syria
As a hijabi Muslim woman in the middle of the United States, Abla really hasn't felt much different. She and her family have been graciously welcomed into the hearts, homes, churches and temples of the Lincoln community. Being away from Syria for 10 years, she's still surprised when people go out of their way to greet her with "salam alycom," which means "hi" in Arabic, or more specifically, "peace be with you." Efforts as small as these speak volumes to her. Half of her 10 years in Nebraska have been spent teaching at the university. She absolutely loves it, and she created a minor in Arabic studies that offers students three years of language and a new cultural experience. A couple of her courses are Love and Sexuality in the History of Arabic Culture and Women in the Qur'an, bringing Arabic culture to the classroom through media, authentic videos, poetry, music, dancing and food.
“"Efforts as small as saying 'hello' in Arabic speak volumes to me."”
Jessee Computer Science · Omaha, Nebraska
After visiting the Raikes School of Computer Science and Management, Jessee fell in love. After coming to NEBRASKA, he filled his time with any opportunity available. He claims his life is just like his dining hall habits: he puts a lot on his plate. He's a part of the aerospace club, a manager for the school's capstone design studio, works remotely for IBM, is working on an app and, surprisingly, is a part of the ballroom dancing club. Even more surprising is students from the Raikes School make up a large chunk of the members. He realized that he should fill his time with more than just work, so he turned to dancing after a couple friends encouraged him to join. He's a member of the competitive segment of the club, but there are casual classes on Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. in the Union's ballroom. He's glad he joined, and he encourages students to "take risks and explore new opportunities. Change happens outside of your comfort zone."
“Change happens outside of your comfort zone.”
Brooke Advertising · Lincoln, Nebraska
Brooke is not a collector of trinkets, stamps or coins but of people, ideas and connections. Her passion for people runs so deep that she invites guests into her home once a month for her long table gathering, Dwell Dinner. The idea for Dwell Dinner came together in late 2016 through her interests in cooking, food photography and beautiful lifestyle publications. Although she's not the first to create a long table gathering, she is determined to keep her dinner accessible and affordable. To attend the gathering, guests sign up online and fill out a questionnaire about themselves. Brooke goes through the responses to create conversation starters for the group along with a dinner theme, whether it be "inspire," "minimal" or "nourish." Her gathering has become so popular that it's not rare for all the guests to be complete strangers. She loves bringing people together to learn from each other in a unique atmosphere. Although the dinners can be stressful, by the end of the evening her efforts are rewarded through the meaningful connections made.
“I love bringing people together to learn from each other in a unique atmosphere.”
Michael Advertising/Public Relations and Art · Des Moines, Iowa
When Michael came to Lincoln for school, she did not expect it to be much different from her hometown, Des Moines, but she quickly grew to love the university, city, and particularly, the local art scene. As a sophomore, she discovered the Tugboat Art Gallery and dreamed of being a featured artist some day. A few years later, it became a reality. Although Michael has been a part of multiple shows, one of her favorites was "Chew on This," an interactive piece inspired by a cow tongue from an earlier project. She had a bizarrely personal moment when thinking about the cow's tongue, and it made her reflect on the responsibility and helplessness she feels about being environmentally conscious. Installation visitors were given instructions to chew on wheat grass while interacting with the tongue and discussing their thoughts and experience with the people around them.
Michael is thankful for Lincoln's welcoming art community and her opportunities to grow as an artist and learn even more off campus.
Michael Johnson is a senior majoring in ADPR and art from Des Moines, Iowa.
“The art scene has been really fantastic. It's been a great place to grow as an artist and a person.”
Chueqa Psychology · Omaha, Nebraska
At NEBRASKA, Chueqa found her home in the Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center. It was there that she gained a sense of identity beyond just being a student. In fact, as far as she knows, she's the only Hmong person on campus and one of few in the state. The Multicultural Center inspired her to get involved with Asian interest groups, such as her sorority, Sigma Psi Zeta, and the Asian Student Union, which she revived herself. The Asian Student Union is starting their first annual Asian American leadership conference this fall for high school students and incoming freshmen, and she's very excited to show their hard work. She encourages students to visit the Multicultural Center next to the Union, check out multicultural Greek life and get involved with inclusive groups like Resilient Women.
“Chueqa found her home in the Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center”
Alex Business & Broadcasting · Jefferson, South Dakota
Alex is from South Dakota, but he’s been a Husker fan his whole life. His mother forced him to even consider other colleges, but he always knew exactly where he’d go. In fact, he loves NEBRASKA so much that he spends his time being as involved as humanly possible. He works with admissions, has been a campus host since freshman year, has been on the board of directors for the student alumni association for three years, is a part of the Iron N student group, was nominated for homecoming royalty and just wrapped up his role as a New Student Enrollment leader. It’s no surprise that his mantra is “stay away from your dorm room.” Alex also gives recruiting tours for football on game days, and one of his dreams is to coach Husker football. There’s no doubt that Alex is a lot like other students with his love for our school and sports, but he is unique in his extreme involvement and passion for people. He tries to average three to five new friends a week, and if you see him on campus, definitely say hello.
“Stay away from your dorm room!”
Jace Spanish and Psychology · Lincoln, Nebraska
Though he arrived at the university less than one year ago after transferring schools, Jace’s driven personality has afforded him countless opportunities at Nebraska. Beyond being a double major with two minors, Jace is also a member of the university track and field team. He credits the campus communities he belongs to as places of comfort and support for him - including the Husker athletic department, W.H. Thompson scholarship community, his residence hall and the friends he’s made by being a student. The feelings of acceptance and support he receives from these groups is something he aims to emulate in his personal relationships. As a LGBT athlete, Jace recognizes the importance of giving yourself the opportunity to grow and discover who you’re meant to be while in college. Looking back now, he’s surprised by how much growth he experienced at the university. “I feel like I’m learning to live for myself,” he says of this past year, feeling more confident and open than ever.
“I feel like I’m learning to live for myself.”
Emma Speech Pathology Major · Norfolk, Nebraska
From the moment she stepped foot on campus, Emma was involved. Attending a Red Letter Day prior to her freshman year, she was encouraged to apply to be a CEHS ambassador. Though she was originally hesitant to attend the university, her experiences throughout her time here have reaffirmed Nebraska as her home. In Lincoln, Emma is heavily involved as a student researcher, beyond her organizational and community involvement and on-campus positions. She prides herself on her hard work ethic, and sees this determination present in many of her peers. She notes how many opportunities this university has available, and encourages students to take advantage of them all.
“Her experiences throughout her time here have reaffirmed Nebraska as her home. ”
Nathan Marketing and Advertising/Public Relations · Chongqing, China
Looking back, Nathan’s experience at Nebraska has been a roller coaster that’s only continuing to get better. Arriving in a new country and not knowing anyone was difficult for Nathan. A small move to a new residence hall, though, changed his life. There, he befriended his resident assistants and began blossoming into the energetic person he is today. “Ever since then, I feel there’s so many bright sides of UNL I didn’t notice at the beginning,” Nathan shares, a telling reminder of the impact one person can have on another’s life. One thing he loves about Nebraskans is a trait he believes he shares with others - sincere kindness. He can easily recount a story with a delayed flight back home to China, in which a stranger in the Lincoln airport drove him to Omaha to catch another flight. He loves how people here are are so friendly and naturally willing to help one another. Through the ups and downs of this roller coaster, Nathan now considered Lincoln just another one of his homes.
Nathan Wenchang He is a senior marketing and advertising and public relations double major from Chongqing, China.
“There’s so many bright sides of UNL.”