I'm A Husker &
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.”
Carina Animal Sciences · South Sioux City, Nebraska
Coming to college as a first-generation student, Carina truly did not know what to expect. The success she has experienced on campus primarily came from her personal initiative, especially being willing to ask questions. In her high school, Carina was surrounded by people like her. The university, though, was the first time she realized how much of a minority she was. During her time on campus, she has found people that she relates to and has built meaningful friendships. She is fiercely passionate about all that she does. She connects with many other students based on their similar drive and motivation to accomplish goals. To the campus community, Carina encourages, “No matter what obstacles are in your way, know that with perseverance you can accomplish anything."
“ No matter what obstacles are in your way, know that with perseverance you can accomplish anything.”
Darin Agricultural Business · Imperial, Nebraska
Hailing from a small town in southwest Nebraska, Darin knew college would expose him to new ideas, beliefs and people. To expand his views, he took specific steps to learn new perspectives, such as enrolling in a political science class just to learn a new point of view. Though the university is far larger than his hometown, Darin was surprised at how he was able to build a community that made campus feel much smaller. His experience on East Campus has been instrumental in allowing him to grow and build a path to success. He loves that he’s able to walk on the sidewalks of East Campus and recognize every third or fifth person, demonstrating the community atmosphere this campus provides that makes college feel like home.
“The atmosphere campus provides makes college feel like home.”
Yajaira Spanish and Latin American Studies · Crete, Nebraska
Hailing from a smaller town in Nebraska, Yajaira was overwhelmed when first stepping foot on campus. As she’s advanced in her college career, she began to create a family at the university, making this once seemingly huge campus not feel so large. Her time in Lincoln has taught her the importance of adaptability. From schedule changes to cultural shifts, she sees a need for everyone to develop this vital skill of flexibility. Yajaira has made it her mission to learn in hopes to help others. Though she’s pleased with the changes she’s seen on a university-wide scale since her freshman year, she believes action falls on all of us, not just administration and faculty, to make this campus more welcoming to all. Whether encouraging a high school student to pursue college or being more intentional in our inclusivity, we can all always get better.
“We can all always get better.”
Griffin communications and global studies · Kearney, Nebraska
From the day he stepped foot on campus for his New Student Enrollment day, Griffin felt welcome at Nebraska. A self-proclaimed “stark optimist,” he aims to make everyone he encounters feel just as welcomed at the university. His involvement on campus has allowed him to meet a vast amount of people from different backgrounds, providing him with new perspectives. Given multiple opportunities to travel throughout his life, Griffin quickly learned that there is far more to this world than Nebraska. “There are so many people here that have stories and experiences to expand and enlighten your mind,” he says, encouraging students to start up conversations with people they don’t know. He loves Nebraska for many reasons, but especially the chance this university provides students to tell their own story and pursue their own path. He reminds students, faculty and staff to embody “Nebraska Nice” and make others feel welcome.
“There are so many people here that have stories and experiences to expand and enlighten your mind”
Ceren Computer Science · Ankara, Turkey
Moving from Turkey to Nebraska with her family shortly before her freshman year of college, Ceren experienced a slightly different move than other international students. One of her favorite parts about Nebraska is being surrounded by nice people. The people she met after her move were open-minded and welcoming. This kindness is something Ceren also emulates to everyone she meets. Though she knew moving to a new country would present a lot of changes, she was surprised by how many friends she was able to make from all around the world. She knows her higher education experience in Turkey would be vastly different than her time at Nebraska, but she wouldn’t change it for the world.
“Kindness is something you can share with everyone you meet.”
Shayne Marketing · Grand Island, Nebraska
As an adopted, first-generation college student, Shayne has experienced many firsts throughout his life in college. His background sets him apart in the way he approaches his time at the university. He credits the skills he learned when preparing for college - leadership, integrity and work ethic - as the things that have carried him through and led him to success. The connections he’s made through classes and involvement have transformed his perception of his ability to benefit the campus community. He encourages his peers to “make a difference and put yourself out there…leave the university in a better place than when you got here.”
“Make a difference and put yourself out there…leave the university in a better place than when you got here.”
Jazmin Fisheries & Wildlife · South Sioux City, Nebraska
For many, attending college can be a culture shock. Hailing from Nebraska, Jazmin did not assume she would have this same experience at a university in Lincoln. Jazmin’s high school was predominately comprised of minority students, much different than this university. The tradition and pride she holds for her Mexican heritage has allowed her to connect with many people, especially international students. What started as a Facebook search for students with an interest in soccer has bloomed into friendships with people from across the state, nation and world. Throughout her time at NEBRASKA, she has made a concerted effort to be a better listener in an attempt to learn from others. These listening skills especially aided her during her research abroad, studying hyenas in Botswana. “You can’t enter their country with your perspective,” she warns, encouraging peers to be more open-minded both domestically and internationally.
“You can’t enter their [another] country with your perspective”