I'm A Husker &
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.”
Pha Art · Lincoln
Although he attended an Indiana high school without any art classes, Pha wasn't deterred from pursuing his passion. When it came time for college, he joined Nebraska's art program as a graphic design major. Over time, Pha realized that he'd rather create more self-expressive work, so he shifted his major to focus on painting. Many of his pieces are self portraits, an art form that urges him to be vulnerable. He knows that everyone has personal problems, but it's not always easy to open up, so he uses painting as a way to share emotions. In the last couple of years, Pha has stepped out of his comfort zone even more with photography, a medium that has pushed him to connect and collaborate with others. He's even become the photographer for a local boutique he admires. He owes part of his growth to the art professors that take a genuine interest in his improvement and encourage him to stay focused. To Pha, the program has felt more like a community than school.
“Pha knows that everyone has personal problems, but it's not always easy to open up, so he uses painting as a way to share emotions.”
Bari Advertising and Public Relations · Chicago
As a Chicago native, Bari knew that immersing herself in Nebraska activities was vital to connecting with new people. Soon after starting college, she found a group that embodied her interest in women empowerment: the Creative Commons. She believes that having a space where everyone builds each other up combats the stereotype that women need to tear each other down to get ahead. Bari started as a regular member and worked her way up to vice president. In her leadership role, she embodies the club's motto of "Build. Empower. Collaborate." by brainstorming new ways the organization can help members explore and hone their creative skills. When a particular speaker resonates with a member, or they learn how to use a new design tool, Bari can see their self-confidence growing. She's excited to see how high members will reach.
“Bari believes that having a space where everyone builds each other up combats the stereotype that women need to tear each other down to get ahead.”
Martha Professor of Agronomy and Horticulture · Ethiopia
Martha has a deep passion for soil, a resource that most of us take for granted. Her interest was shaped through growing up in Ethiopia where agriculture is the backbone of the country. As a young woman, she knew that if the opportunity arose, she would give back to agriculture in any way possible. After moving to the states as a teenager and gaining several degrees, she started working at Nebraska as a researcher and professor of soil science in 2000. She teaches an entry-level soil resources course and upper-level nutrient management course. Martha says she's "in the business of capacity building," showing students how important studying soil can be. She loves seeing the growth in students as they gain an appreciation and understanding of soil as a natural resource. A few years ago, she traveled to Ethiopia with an interdisciplinary group to collect information from food insecure regions, and the group received additional funding to involve undergraduate students for a study abroad program. Being able to see first-hand what these regions look like was a valuable learning tool for the students. Outside of the classroom, Martha researches how cattle grazing strategies influence soil and enjoys spending time with her three children.
“Martha loves seeing the growth in students as they gain an appreciation and understanding of soil as a natural resource.”
Eric Environmental Economics · Grand Island
Sustainability is something Eric has always been interested in, but after taking a geology course freshman year, his passion was ignited. Now an environmental economics major, he gets involved with anything and everything that impacts sustainability. He's been a part of Sustain UNL for several years, an environmental student organization that puts on popular events such as Earthstock and brings in community leaders to talk about environmental solutions. Off campus, Eric's currently working with Gene Hanlon, the recycling coordinator for Lincoln, to help educate residents about the cardboard landfill ban that will go into effect this April. Looking back, he realizes that his childhood shaped him into an environmentalist. Seeing his mother reuse food containers and getting clothes from his brother taught him that it's important to reuse and recycle. Eric doesn't believe sustainability is a partisan issue. We all share this earth, and we should use any resource as effectively as possible. Whether it's to cut down economic costs, preserve resources or help people, sustainability is important to everyone in some way. In fact, Nebraska recognizes this and gives students the opportunity to apply to the UNL Green Fund, a fund that helps students turn their green ideas into reality. Eric encourages students who want to make a change to get involved and seek out projects that spark a fire in them.
“We all share this earth, and we should use any resource as effectively as possible.”