What is your story?
I was born and raised on a small family cow/calf operation. I am blessed to say I grew up with a loving family, who taught me everything...from learning life lessons in the hayfield, to learning about life itself in the calving barn. I can say I am truly grateful for the experiences I have had (and will have). Here at UNL, I am working on a dual major of Agribusiness: Banking and Finance and Ag Communications, with a minor in Entrepreneurship and Leadership. I also volunteer with City Impact, where I help elementary students with their reading skills. I hope that I've taught them as much as they've taught me! Currently, I am waiting for the next path life leads me to!
What is your business?
I am working on creating a series of children's books that educate students about agriculture and where their food comes from. This book series will be paired with an interactive online website where they can watch videos, play games, and learn about what interests them individually in agriculture.
Who is your entrepreneurial inspiration OR biggest hero?
My biggest hero is my Grandpa Bob. He gave me his sense of humor, and taught me a lot of valuable lessons..honesty, hard work, integrity, and having passion for what you do. I admire how he was always willing to give the shirt off his back if it could help someone, and he always had a kind word and a smile to offer.
If your story were made into a movie, what actor/actress would portray you and why?
If my life was a movie, I think Melissa McCarthy would portray me. I admire her for the confidence she has in herself, and her ability to 'take things with a grain of salt'. She can take things lightly and laugh at herself when she stumbles, then pick herself back up on the road to success. Those are qualities and traits that I admire, and strive for each and every day.
What advice would you give to a student starting their entrepreneurial journey?
If you are willing to put the effort in, you will be able to reap the benefits. There will be times when you have no idea what you are doing, but do it anyways. The key is to never stop learning...even if you are just learning what not to do. Pick yourself up, laugh at yourself, then get right back up and try it again.