I'm A Husker &
Alex Music Education · Hays, Kansas
Alex Crowley's first memory playing an instrument was in seventh grade band. As an aspiring music teacher, he now spends his days rehearsing, practicing his six instruments and participating in recitals. A fourth generation Husker, Alex said the University of Nebraska-Lincoln was always his dream school. Both of his parents were music majors and his mom even graduated from the same program in which Alex is currently studying. Alex was initially impressed by the opportunities provided by Glenn Korff School of Music (@unlsofmusic) but he has been most impacted by the connections he's made at Nebraska. Throughout his college career, he has gained confidence and strengthened his dedication for music and he is moved by how invested Nebraska faculty are in seeing students succeed. Alex's ever-growing passion has led him to be the trombone section leader for the Cornhusker Marching Band and play in both the wind ensemble and symphonic band. It's the people within these involvements and the evolving student life that have given him the college experience he has always envisioned for himself. The connections he has formed with his music professors, members of the marching band and other passionate students have positively impacted him physically and mentally. Alex hopes to provide a similar experience to his future students, helping them gain confidence, explore new interests and find something that makes them happy. Just like he's found at Nebraska.
“The connections he has formed with his music professors, members of the marching band and other passionate students have positively impacted him physically and mentally.”
Jazmyn Advertising and Public Relations · Bellevue, Nebraska
When Jazmyn was a freshman, she sought out mentors to help her navigate college and overcome obstacles. This, she said, influenced her decision to help students herself. Being a mentor has allowed her to step into a leadership role that has impacted students all across campus, helping them be successful at Nebraska. As a peer mentor for First Generation Nebraska and through her mentorship of students in Oasis, Jazmyn has found her true calling: guiding and helping others. Throughout time, her mentorship style has evolved as she has connected with various groups of people across campus. Eventually, Jazmyn would like to transfer her leadership qualities into a classroom setting and work as college professor to further make a difference in students’ lives.
“As a peer mentor for First Generation Nebraska and through her mentorship of students in Oasis, Jazmyn has found her true calling: guiding and helping others.”
Mac Student Affairs Administration · Texas
As a second year graduate student in student affairs administration, Mac is often asked why he chose the path he did. Originally from Texas, Mac earned his bachelor's degree in education from Kansas State University. While there, he worked in the university's student affairs office. For hours, Mac worked with incoming freshmen to help them afford college. That was the moment he knew he wanted to pursue student affairs. When Mac came to Nebraska for graduate school, he joined the University Program Council as a graduate assistant and started the Intercultural Leadership Program for Oasis. He created the program to help students learn more about identity and intercultural development and gain more effective leadership skills. The 11 week program allows students to make connections with others across campus and helps them explore their leadership style and how it is impacted in different cultural settings. Working one-on-one with students and directly impacting their lives is what keeps Mac fulfilled. Once he graduates from his program in May 2019, he hopes to leave the university knowing he helped students make connections across cultures, solve problems and foster diversity and inclusion.
“Once he graduates from his program in May 2019, he hopes to leave the university knowing he helped students make connections across cultures, solve problems and foster diversity and inclusion.”
Paridhi Food Science · India
Paridhi lives by the quote "nothing worth having comes easy," and it's reflected in her work every day. Coming to the states from India was a challenge, but she thinks it was definitely worth it. She was working at the Indian Counsel of Agriculture Research when she was encouraged by one of her colleagues to check out Nebraska for her PhD. She's constantly impressed by everyone's politeness and dedication to their work here, from researchers to grocery store cashiers. Another challenge for Paridhi has been her work with millets in the food science department. Researching millets is important because most farmers are reluctant to grow them, despite being wonderfully sustainable crops. If she can prove that millets are beneficial and capable of being a food product, the proliferation of their growth will impact the planet for the better. When Paridhi isn't in the lab, she's goes on hikes, studies history or works on her statistics minor. She also appreciates spending time with the friends she's gained through her studies. The culture among the graduate students is very diverse, which has opened up the world to Paridhi without even having to leave campus.
“Paridhi lives by the quote "nothing worth having comes easy," and it's reflected in her work every day.”
Lindsey Chemical Engineering · Eerie, Pennsylvania
As a kid, Lindsey doodled beakers and lab coats on the back of her elementary school worksheets. Once she hit high school, she learned about the variety of science-based jobs, discovered chemical engineering and never looked back. Now, in her fourth year of chemical engineering, she's still just as enamored with science. After attending an engineering conference for LGBTQA+ students, Lindsey learned that other schools had Out in STEM groups, and she was determined to create a similar community at Nebraska. The Nebraska oSTEM group does many things, from ice cream socials to career prep to attending national conferences. Above all, Lindsey wants the group to empower its members professionally, academically and personally by cultivating environments and communities that nurture innovation, leadership and advocacy. The most fulfilling part of her experience was handing off her presidential position to a member who said the group made them feel like they had a community. When Lindsey looks to the future, she's not sure exactly where her career will take her, but she knows that she wants to leverage diversity in all encounters to solve problems and make the world a better place.
“ Lindsey learned that other schools had Out in STEM groups, and she was determined to create a similar community at Nebraska. ”
Phat Management · Lincoln, Nebraska
Phát's family came to America from South Vietnam in 2010, and he felt compelled to give back to his new home. His grandfather had been a lieutenant in the South Vietnamese army, so Phát wanted to continue the tradition of service in his family. He joined the army reserve his senior year of high school and soon decided that he would pursue a career in the military. He's currently in the university's ROTC program as a S1 Personnel, handling the paperwork and managing the well-being of 90 cadets. He appreciates the tight-knit, friendly culture of the group. Everyone is unified under the same dedication to serving. After graduation, he's interested in exploring explosive ordnance disposal. Beyond ROTC, Phát has explored his own cultural heritage through other organizations on campus. He helped establish the university's first Asian interest fraternity, assisted in creating an Asian student leadership conference with the Asian Student Union, is the external vice president of the Vietnamese Student Association, has served on the scholarship committee for Define UNL and assists in fundraising for North Korean refugees through UNL Link. Phát believes college is the best time to find your niche and follow it. Swipe over to hear him talk about stepping out of your comfort zone.
“Phát believes college is the best time to find your niche and follow it. ”
Hunter Political Science · Elkhorn, Nebraska
After graduating from Elkhorn High School, Hunter's initial plans were to go out of state for college. He didn't believe Nebraska had as many opportunities as some other elite colleges, but ultimately, he ended up staying for scholarships and to be near his family. Although he started college skeptical, after three years here, he's never been more happy to be wrong. He discovered that the special thing about Nebraska is its people, and he's always had a strong desire to lead and serve them. Now, as the new ASUN president, he's doing just that. Some of his team's top priorities are increasing transparency and student input with fee allocation, instituting and increasing awareness of the Green Fund, which is funded by students for students' sustainable project ideas, and expanding mental health resources through Counseling and Psychological Services. Overall, he hopes to shape a culture of dedication and passion for student government that will live on beyond his term.
UNL Hip Hop Dance Club ·
While studying abroad, Tristan learned new dance techniques and was excited to bring them to the states. After returning to campus, she discovered that there was not a student dance organization that fit her passion, so she decided to start one. Now in its third semester, the UNL Hip Hop Dance Club boasts a strong membership. Tristan and her vice president Jordan teach anyone that wants to learn, regardless of their dance experience. Members can also audition for the club's team to perform at campus competitions and events. Tristan and Jordan both immensely appreciate the welcoming atmosphere of the organization. Dancing is vulnerable, but the crew makes everyone feel comfortable trying new things. In the future, Tristan and Jordan would like to expand the club's YouTube presence and collaborate with other local artists.
“Dancing is vulnerable, but the crew makes everyone feel comfortable trying new things.”
Guadalupe Sociology · Grand Island
In high school, Guadalupe wasn't sure if she'd go to college. She was especially unsure after suffering a traumatic brain injury close to graduation. Despite the odds being stacked against her, she secured a full-ride scholarship. Now, she's bringing her voice to a national stage through the University of Nebraska–Lincoln speech and debate team. Guadalupe intertwines Latino themes into her performances of poetry, oral interpretation, program, dramatic and duo. She loves the team's culture of growth and encouragement. The culture translates to success, especially after taking home a seventh consecutive Big Ten title in January. When she's not traveling for tournaments, Guadalupe is on the executive team for the Mexican American Student Association and a member of Emerald, a women's enrichment group. Ultimately, Guadalupe is grateful to have been able to make it to college as a first generation student and do what she loves, and she looks forward to her next few years.
“Guadalupe intertwines Latino themes into her performances of poetry, oral interpretation, program, dramatic and duo.”
Maggie Computer Science · Lincoln
While some kids spent their summers at the swimming pool, Maggie was doing math workbooks. This may sound like torture to some, but she loved it. Her mother was a math teacher and showed her how numbers could be a fun challenge. Having encouragement from her mother to pursue STEM, Maggie applied to the Raikes School at Nebraska to study computer science. During her sophomore year, she caught the attention of Google and joined their internship program for the next two summers. The infamous, sexist Google memo was released as one of her internships wrapped up, and she was immediately contacted by her team. They assured her that they immensely valued her as a woman in their workplace. She'll be going back again after graduation as a full-time software engineer and she couldn't be happier. She has no hesitation returning to the company because she knows that the good eggs far outnumber the bad. She thanks the Raikes School for giving her so many opportunities to work with real clients, build her portfolio and meet her closest friends. It's the experience she's gained here that paved the way for her dream job.
“Maggie thanks the Raikes School for giving her so many opportunities to work with real clients, build her portfolio and meet her closest friends.”