McKenzie Nelson

McKenzie Nelson


Global Studies, German


Conflict and Conflict Resolution Studies, Jewish Studies, Political Science, History, Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs

Omaha, NE

Why you chose your major

Coming into college I was a Global Studies major because I found the interdisciplinary view on cross cultural connections intriguing. After only a semester I declared a German major because of the importance of the ability to communicate in such an interconnected world. Both of these programs have gone above and beyond to support my academic goals and prepare me for life after graduation. My minors I added on through out the years after taking a few classes in each of these areas.

Favorite and/or most impactful course

My freshman year in college I took Introduction to Global Studies where I gained a better understand of what the discipline is as well as what opportunities are available in the field of Global Studies. The support that I felt from my professor, Emira Ibrahimpasic, helped with the transition into college. It was in this class that I also learned about the job opportunities that I'm now applying for 3 years later.

Research or internship experience

When I was a sophomore I applied for an internship with the U.S. State Department where I spent the year working with underpriveledged Russian students to teach them English and American culture. This was my first internship and led me to find other opportunities to teach English. It also helped to prepare for jobs that I am applying to to teach English to non-native speakers abroad.

Other involvement

Being a part of the College of Arts and Sciences Ambassadors Program led me to another leadership position as a student representative on the Curriculum & Advising Committee. In this position I have been able play an active role in the decision making process regarding changes to cirriculum in the college.

Why you chose Nebraska

Coming to UNL was mainly a financial decision for me.

Student Ambassadors group

Student Ambassadors are undergraduate students who talk to prospective students, parents, alumni, and the general public about the college.