Undergraduate Student Spotlight
"Who shall set a limit to the influence of a human being?" -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Michael Richardson

Major: Mechanized Systems Management
Hometown: Belton, MO
Emphasis: Undecided

What do you enjoy most about UNL?:

My Favorite thing about UNL is how East Campus is in itself a small town inside of the University as a whole and within the city of Lincoln. I believe this is phenomenal situation that really separates and distinguishes Universities. I graduated from High School with a class of 25 students and East Campus still embodies all of those similar characteristics of a small personal school while still being a large campus. By this I mean that I really enjoy that such a large community of students and faculty through their common goals, values and attitudes really starts to feel more like a Home than a school or University. 

Are you involved in any activities outside of class? If so, which ones?:

Yes, I am a member of the Kappa Chapter of Alpha Gamma Rho, I am the Secretary of the Mechanized Systems Management Club, And a Member of the Colligate Agri-buisness club.  

Of all the courses you’ve taken, what is your favorite class, and what made it so enjoyable?:

My favorite classes that I have taken so far in my collegiate career would have to be History of Rock and MSYM Animal Housing 342. These are my favorite classes I have taken so far because they took something I had an interest in learning more about and presented this information in a manner that was interesting. As Far as MSYM 342, this class took something I was interested in and has taught me more than I ever thought I would know about Animal Housing and operations. And how can you not like listening to Rock Music twice a week for an hour and getting college credit while doing so? 

What has been your greatest achievement so far?:

I think that my greatest achievement so far has been seizing the opportunities that are given to me here at the university and maximizing what I can get out of each of those situations. Doing this while also being an active member of the University has really taught me a lot of life lessons while providing me with numerous skills that I can take into the workplace and life in general. Taking away these skills and lessons along with what one gains from the various classes they are enrolled in the ultimate goal of attending a University like this one. 

What do you plan to do after you graduate?:

I am not entirely sure what I would like to do. As of now I am just trying to keep my options open and see what opportunities present themselves. However, I am thinking I would like to end up being head of operations at a large grain elevator, work with transportation and logistics for various companies or possibly work in product development for various large machinery companies. 

Do you have any advice that you would like to share with prospective students?:

My biggest advice for incoming students would be to get involved on campus as early as you can. Being a student here is a great opportunity, however, I really feel that this opportunity is exponentially maximized by getting involved in various clubs and organizations. Not only does doing this help you personalize your experience  at UNL, but this also helps make this great University feel more like home; and remember, there is no place like NEBRASKA!