Environmental Education, Math
Favorite and/or most impactful course
ENGL 254: Writing & Communities has impacted me the most during my journey at UNL. The class focuses on the social aspects of writing and the importance of recognizing the social dependence and connections between communities of people and writing. My outlook on writing took a dramatic shift after taking this course, and it taught me fundamental principles about the process of writing rather than more grammar and format rules.
My favorite course at UNL so far has been COMM 375: Theory of Persuasion. So much of our world is shaped by the choices we make and why we make them. This course takes an in-depth look at the tactics, models, and thinking patterns of persuasion that contribute to the choices people make. As someone who wants to be an advocate for environmental competency, this course provided me with tools that will allow me to effectively, and ethically, persuade people on environmental issues and actions.
Research or internship experience
One of my intership experiences included working with the Platte Basin Timelapse Project. I worked as a Web Development and Design Intern for this Environmentally focused photojournalism project. I maintained their website and updated old code and web pages. When I was a computer science major, I interned at Shyft Solutions LLC over the summer. They develop weather software, mainly for the government, and my team made a static weather viewer through AWS and React using data provided by one of their clients.
I volunteered at the Lincoln non-profit Girls Code Lincoln for a few weeks in 2019. They teach young girls the fundamentals of coding and systems thinking. I also am part of the Climbing Club on campus.
Why you chose Nebraska
I chose to attend UNL because of the comfort I felt on campus despite the scale of the university. Feeling safe and welcome on campus was a major draw for me, but the cost of attending UNL compared to the value of the education I would receive was unmatched in other schools I considered. Choosing UNL has allowed me to minimize my student debt while still gaining valuable learning experiences and opportunities in a community where I feel safe and respected.