John is a fifth-year senior studying Finance and Biological Sciences. It took John a while to figure out what he wanted to study, but the Honors Program played a big role in helping him define his interests. John’s 395H seminar, Peacebuilding After Conflict, led to his involvement with research on suicide bombing and the economic, political, and biological factors that contribute to this war tactic. As a result of the relationship he developed with the professor of this Honors course, John was invited to study abroad at Ataturk University in Erzurum, Turkey. He was in Turkey during the political turmoil and protests in Gezi Park; an experience that provided him with insight and perspective that he could have never imagined by simply reading about it back in the United States. John also studied abroad at Oxford University through the College of Business Administration. John worked at Hayneedle in Omaha as a search engine marketing intern and learned about how companies advertise and use Google to optimize their site traffic. This experience led to John’s current internship with Google’s Customer Solutions department in Ann Arbor, Michigan. John joined the Honors Program to enhance his college experience and his trip to Turkey, leadership experience, friendships, relationships with professors, and coursework through the Program have truly made his undergraduate experience incredible. John’s advice to other students is to take opportunities as they come and go after things because you care about them or you’re interested in them, not to build your resume.
Christina is a senior International Business major with minors in Spanish, Economics, and Management. She is the External Vice President for ASUN and a member of Mortar Board and Navigators. Christina also served as President of her sorority. She has enjoyed her experience as a member of the Greek community which is dedicated to UNL through community outreach, leadership involvement, and academic achievements. Christina also studied abroad at Oxford University through the Nebraska at Oxford program. She benefited from learning about Britain and British culture while still being surrounded by Huskers. As a freshman, most of Christina’s courses at UNL were large, but her Honors seminar was a small class where she was able to interact with other students, get to know her professor on a personal level, and learn through discussions rather than just lectures. This helped her feel at home at the University.
Brittney is a senior Political Science and English major on the Pre-Law track. She served as President of Alpha Lambda Delta, as an Honors Peer Mentor Leader, and is a member of the Innocents Society. As President of Alpha Lambda Delta, a campus wide honors society, Brittney learned a lot about her strengths and weakness as a leader and her leadership style. Brittney enjoyed being a Peer Mentor Leader because of the impact she was able to have on younger students. She also enjoyed working with other intelligent, driven, student leaders to analyze what the organization is doing well and how it can be improved. The Honors Program influenced Brittney’s academic life by giving her the opportunity to really connect with her professors, improving her undergraduate experience, and providing her with letters of recommendation for law school. The Honors Program also helped Brittney get more involved outside of the classroom as a member of the Honors Program Student Advisory Board and a Peer Mentor Leader. The Honors Program has helped Brittney continue to love learning, make an impact on campus, and meet incredible and inspiring people during her undergraduate career.
Jill graduated from UNL in 2000 with a degree in Business Administration. She then immediately earned her master’s degree in Leadership Education from UNL. As an undergraduate student, Jill was an Undergraduate Academic Advisor for CBA, an ASUN Senator, and Homecoming Committee Co-Chair. She studied abroad at Oxford and then worked as the Nebraska at Oxford Program Student Coordinator. Jill was also a member of the Innocents Society and Homecoming Royalty Court. Jill is currently a full-time at-home mother raising her and her husband’s two daughters. Prior to having children, Jill spent nine years in the professional world exploring a few different professions. She worked as the Director of Leadership and Organization Development at Elon University in North Carolina, then as the Academic Advisor at UNC Chapel Hill followed by University of Maryland-College Park. Most recently, Jill worked as the Assistant Director of Academic Services at the School of Management at George Mason University. She loved what she was doing in this position and had a difficult time choosing to leave to focus on her career as a mother instead. As an Honors Program student, Jill enjoyed the opportunity to take smaller, intellectually stimulating courses which led to relationships with students and professors that she still has today.
Todd graduated from UNL in 1993 with a degree in Computer Science and Engineering. While he was a student, Todd held a computer science internship at Microsoft in Redmond, WA. He also had two co-ops with an engineering firm in Omaha and Union Pacific Railroad. Todd served as President of the Honors Program Student Advisory Board and as a Resident Assistant. After graduation, Todd worked at Microsoft for 19 years as a software engineer. He worked in the developer tool group building compilers and various tools that help people write programs. He also designed and built tools to help Microsoft test these products before they released them to customers. Todd also managed virtual and direct teams and helped recruit and interview people for Microsoft. He is currently taking time off to raise his two children but still volunteers his time teaching a computer science class at a local high school. From Todd’s vantage point in life now, where he has worked and interviewed hundreds of graduates from other colleges (including several “elite” schools), he is quite thankful that he chose to attend UNL and the Honors Program. He enjoyed the interactive and interesting Honors Courses and the chance to hang out with like-minded students.