Undergraduate Student Spotlight
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Wyatt Kastl

Wyatt Kastl sitting at desk
Major: Mechanized Systems Management
Hometown: David City, NE
Emphasis: Business

What do you enjoy most about UNL?:

I enjoy the diversity of the student body. There are all different types of  people I have had the opportunity to meet and converse with. People all the way from South America to people from here in Nebraska. These different types of people have had an impact on my experience here at UNL and many of which I have enjoyed. 

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

I am a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon where I take part in house events and have had a great opportunity to meet some of my best friends in college. I also am a part of the MSYM club where I can enjoy getting to meet some other members of the Mechanized Systems Management major. We also get the chance to go see future employment opportunities first hand. Occasionally we have people share their experiences from a coop or internship they did. I have also recently become a BSE ambassador.

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

My favorite class would have to be UHON 198H, it is a class all freshman in Sigma Phi Epsilon take. The class is taught by a faculty member who is very important to our fraternity, Debra Mullen. She does a lot for our fraternity and is there for each and everyone of us.  In this class we got to express ourselves and got to know each member in our pledge class more. This class was about many different topics, such as sex trafficking, political issues, and relationships, etc.We would then have discussions over each topic where we would hear peoples opinions and how they react to different situations. We also had some alumni of SigEp come in and share their experiences with us. This was a class about life and the opportunities life has to offer. It was meant to broaden our mindsets and to help us open our eyes to the rest of the world, not just our daily lives we live here in Nebraska where all is well and we get to wake up each morning with very few worries. Also in this class I sat through a presentation given by Dean Jacobs, World Traveler and journalist, where we were presented an opportunity to go to the Ecuador with him.

What has been your greatest achievement so far?:

I managed to get myself to Ecuador this summer and back to the United States in one piece. The trip was with my Fraternity Sigma Phi Epsilon. We went down to Ecuador with the intentions of embracing our selves entirely into another culture. This trip is my greatest experience so far. We spent time in three different atmospheres while in Ecuador, the city of Quito, A small community in the Andes mountains, and with an indigenous tribe, the Achuar people,  in the Amazon Rainforest. All three experiences were unreal. The difference in cultures from here in America to there where many people live in poverty was very evident. It was enjoyable to see so many people happy with having very little though, there were people in the Amazon who have lived their entire lives without things we take for granted here, such as a warm shower or a new pair of shoes, and yet they live a joyful life filled with laughter between them and their families. A big part of the trip was to “Leave the world a better place than you found it.” A quote that our guide continuously said throughout the trip, while in the mountains we helped build a trail down a mountain side, and while in the rainforest we helped fix and clean up the dock area they have going into their watering hole where they do their laundry and clean their clothes. Along with helping with the dock we brought them  school supplies that will last the village an entire year. These parts of the trip were satisfying and made the trip even more enjoyable. 

What do you plan to do after you graduate?:

I am unsure what I want to do specifically but I have an idea. As of now I am interested in getting into either the Union Pacific Railroad, or BNSF Railway, and getting into some sort of transportation management system. I would like to be able to travel with wherever I end up though, that would be ideal. 

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

I would suggest getting out of your comfort zone and trying new things. It will help you grow as an individual. Also I would suggest getting involved in some sort of campus organization, depending on what you are interested in there are many different types of clubs and organizations to join.