Out-Of-State Students

Welcome to Nebraska! We’re happy you’re here.

Eight Out-of-State Leaders are excited to answer your questions about being an out-of-state student and help you feel at home in Nebraska. Your leader has several fun activities planned for the fall semester to help you make connections with other out-of-state students and learn more about life in Lincoln. Select the appropriate Facebook group for your home state to get more information.


Colorado

Hilary Tuggle

Hilary Tuggle

Group Leader

Hometown: Parker, Colorado

Join the Colorado Facebook Group

What’s your favorite thing about UNL?

My favorite thing about UNL is Husker football games, because there isn't anything quite like game day here in Lincoln! Go Big Red!

What do you miss most about home?

I miss the mountains and snowboarding the most from home. While there are lots of things to do here in Lincoln, it doesn't compare to a day in the mountains!

Advice for incoming out-of-state students:

My advice for incoming students is to go to all the events around campus. There are always free things at the events, good information, and fun people who could become your friends for the next four years!


Illinois

Jack Malec

Jack Malec

Group Leader

Hometown: Plainfield, Illinois

Join the Illinois Facebook Group

What’s your favorite thing about UNL?

My favorite thing about UNL is the fact that is a big school with big name recognition, but once you get to campus, it feels like a small school with a close-knit community and how friendly everyone is. The city of Lincoln is also growing rapidly and it is an exciting time to be here. Husker football game day is one of my favorite things in the fall, too!

What do you miss most about home?

I miss my family and the local foods from the Chicagoland area. I love to spend time with my family and there is nothing like a Chicago-style hot dog and some deep dish pizza!

Advice for incoming out-of-state students:

I would tell any out-of-state student to get involved! Joining one or two clubs right when you get to campus can help you meet great friends who have similar interests. Clubs and organizations also look great on resumes and are just fun to be a part of!


Iowa & Wisconsin

Kristen Nett

Kristen Nett

Group Leader

Hometown: Stoughton, Wisconsin

Join the Iowa & Wisconsin Facebook Group

What’s your favorite thing about UNL?

CANES! (Kidding, but not really). I love the sense of community and pride that comes with being a Husker. Everyone here is very friendly. Besides that, football season in Nebraska is one of the most exciting atmospheres to be a part of. I grew up with Badger football, so I truly didn't believe in the hype of Nebraska football. Boy was I wrong. Also, there are a lot of great study spots on campus. I like how the campus is very easy to get around and how it feels smaller than it actually is.

What do you miss most about home?

I come from a fairly small town, so I miss seeing familiar faces every day. You can't go anywhere without bumping into at least 5 people you know. I also miss the lake, the capitol, state street, and "jumping around" in Madison, WI. There's no place like Madison.

Advice for incoming out-of-state students:

Don't be afraid to try new things and don't be afraid to go out of your comfort zone. Make a goal to meet at least one new person every day. Remember that you are not alone if you miss home or have a hard time adjusting to college; there is always someone walking in your shoes. Find this person, befriend them, and take on your experiences together.


Kansas & Missouri

Connor Mohar

Connor Mohar

Group Leader

Hometown: Overland Park, Kansas

Join the Kansas & Missouri Facebook Group

What’s your favorite thing about UNL?

Game days in Lincoln.

What do you miss most about home?

My family.

Advice for incoming out-of-state students:

Do your best to get involved as much as your schedule will allow. Meet new people. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone.


Minnesota

Molly McVey

Molly McVey

Group Leader

Hometown: Woodbury, Minnesota

Join the Minnesota Facebook Group

What’s your favorite thing about UNL?

My favorite thing about UNL is how welcoming the people are here. I can't walk around campus without saying hi to a friend or running into one of my professors! I feel that the sense of community here is a big part as to why I chose this university and why I stayed.

What do you miss most about home?

The thing I miss most about home is the memories I created there. You create many new, wonderful memories in college, but there is something about memories in your hometown that can't be replicated or replaced. On a less serious note, I miss people not making fun of my pronunciation of "bag", how I call a "casserole" a "hot dish", and that I played "Duck Duck Grey Duck" as a child, not "Duck Duck Goose."

Advice for incoming out-of-state students:

My biggest piece of advice for out-of-state student is to get involved and be present in the moment. It is easy to want to call your best friend from home every night and keep texting your hometown group chat about small, everyday things. Staying close with your high school friends is not a bad thing, in fact, I encourage it. I am still close friends with mine! But do not let your want for familiarity take away from experiencing new things. It is vital to not let the fear of the unknown stop you from encountering all you can! College is too short for you to not be present for each special moment.


North & South Dakota

Brigitta Bogue

Brigitta Bogue

Group Leader

Hometown: Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Join the North & South Dakota Facebook Group

What’s your favorite thing about UNL?

I love the proximity of the UNL campus to the Capitol building, downtown, and the Haymarket.

What do you miss most about home?

I miss the local music scene in Sioux Falls. Lincoln definitely has its own, but each city is unique.

Advice for incoming out-of-state students:

I would encourage new students to strive for balance in their academic, social, and extracurricular activities while prioritizing their health. It is easy for college students to say they will think about their health after graduation, but it matters now too!


All other states

Jacob Shiohira

Jacob Shiohira

Group Leader

Hometown: Bentonville, Arkansas

Join the Facebook Group for all other states

What’s your favorite thing about UNL?

My favorite thing about UNL is the small community feel at a BIG 10 university. I always heard people say that, but I never truly understood what it meant until I realized how campus feels so much smaller than 25,000 students. For example, I feel like I always recognize people around campus, and I can walk from one end to the campus pretty quickly.

What do you miss most about home?

Family and friends are definitely what I miss the most. Without them, the place is irrelevant. Being away for long periods at a time has made me realize how thankful I am for them.

Advice for incoming out-of-state students:

Freshman year will be unlike any other time in your life so far. You’ll meet way more people and make more friendships than you could ever expect. Challenge yourself to try new things, to be friendly, and to get involved in organizations that genuinely interest you.

Rachel Perry

Rachel Perry

Group Leader

Hometown: Northride, California

What’s your favorite thing about UNL?

The best thing about UNL is all of the free activities that are always going on. I love going to movie nights, listening to guest speakers, and participating in activities held in the dorms, Rec, and union. Whether it is a weeknight or a weekend, you will never be bored.

What do you miss most about home?

I miss the fast-paced culture that comes with living in a big city. I love going to the Haymarket and downtown because it reminds me of home.

Advice for incoming out-of-state students:

For incoming freshmen, I’d recommend always remaining open to new friendships and people. You never know when a total stranger might become your best friend. Challenge yourself to step outside your comfort zone and try new things.