Student spotlight: Kayla Gadeken

Kayla Gadeken
Kayla Gadeken

This week, the School of Natural Resources shining the spotlight on Kayla Gadeken, a senior animal science and fisheries and wildlife double major.

Hometown: Seward, NE

Major: Animal Science and Fisheries and Wildlife

Anticipated date of graduation: May 2020

Why did you decide to come to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln?
I decided to attend college at Nebraska because of all the opportunities and resources available here. There were options for different degree choices if I decided that I didn’t want to pursue my degree anymore. There was also a lot of opportunities to work in my career field and the ability to make those connections with potential employers.

What is your favorite thing about the School of Natural Resources?
My favorite thing about the School of Natural Resources is that it has a small town feel. I know almost everyone in each of my classes and everyone is very friendly and eager to help.

What is your favorite class you have taken so far and why?
My favorite class is Climate in Crisis (NRES 104) with Professor Martha Shulski. I learned a ton about the climate and how it is changing. The class was very interesting, and I found myself looking into the topics more outside of class. To this day, I am still using topics that I learned in the class and using them in discussions with others, educating them about the environment.

What is life like outside of school? In what ways have you gotten involved in the SNR or university communities?
Outside of classes, I am a student athlete for the Women’s Rifle Team and a member of the Wildlife Club. I have participated in several of the Wildlife Club’s outreach events as well as participated in several community service events around Lincoln.

What are your plans post-graduation?
I will be working with Nebraska Game and Parks as a conservation technician.