Major: Agricultural Economics
Minor: Entrepreneurship & Leadership
Graduation Date: May 2016
Business: I don't have a specific business plan but I want to work hard for rural America and specifically rural Nebraska. Small towns are dwindling at an alarming rate and I want to work to help reverse that. I want to work with communities to make sure that they have the resources and the plans to support a growing population. I feel that growing up in a rural community is a privilege and I want to make sure that future generations have the same opportunities that I did. I want to use my time, talents, and energy to assure that Nebraskans have opportunities to chase their dream.
What is your story?
I was raised in the small town of Bertrand here in the good life on a family farm. I credit my parents for teaching me honesty, hard work ethic, and how to properly treat people. The majority of my high school experience was spent in sports but through it I was able to put my hard work ethic to the test. The support and community of my small town is something I will never forget. It taught me that one of the most important parts of my life is people. I have always been passionate about serving others, so when I started at the University I joined Student Government. I served there for two years before I was introduced to the Engler program by a fellow fraternity brother in Alpha Gamma Rho. That completely changed my course and from then on I knew I wanted to serve my town, my state, and my country through entrepreneurship.
Who is your entrepreneurial inspiration OR biggest hero?
Every single generation of Nelson's who decided to take the entrepreneurial risk of continuing the family legacy of farming. When I look at my ancestors and study the hardships that they went through, I see what I want to spend my life fighting for. They have inspired me to never give up, even if I stand to lose everything I have.
If your story were made into a movie, what actor/actress would portray you and why?
What advice would you give to a student starting their entrepreneurial journey?
I would say don't limit yourself for what you can and can't do. Sometimes the biggest obstacle you have to get over is yourself. In your journey don't forget about the people who matter most, for they are the ones that will always be there for you whether you succeed or fail.