Student spotlight: Sydney Kimnach

Sydney Kimnach
Sydney Kimnach

Meet Sydney Kimnach, a junior fisheries and wildlife and biology major.

Hometown: Gretna, NE

Major: Fisheries and Wildlife and Biology, Pre-Vet

Anticipated date of graduation: December 2020

Why did you decide to come to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln?
I love the focus that UNL has on natural resources. When I first toured the University, I saw how much UNL cares about sustainability and I loved that east campus is dedicated to the natural resources majors.

What is your favorite thing about the School of Natural Resources?
I like that being in SNR feels like being a part of a community. No matter what your major is, both the staff and other students in SNR seem to take a personal interest in you.

What is your favorite class you have taken so far and why?
My favorite class I have taken is canoeing! I took it during my first semester at UNL because I was in the EcoLeaders learning community and we were all supposed to take that class together. It was through that class that I became close friends with the other people in my community. Also, I had never been canoeing before and we got to take an end-of-class trip to the Niobrara River, which was so much fun!

What is life like outside of school? In what ways have you gotten involved in the SNR or university communities?
A big part of my university experience is my learning community that I was in during my first year. I still keep in contact with the friends that I made through that experience and I feel like I’ve found my tribe. I am also a part of NHRI Leadership Mentoring and I attend Wildlife Club when I have the time. I was also able to take on a UCARE research project with Dr. Jessica Corman from SNR. I assisted her with studying how human activities on the Niobrara River affect nutrient-limitation of the periphyton that grow there.

What are your plans post-graduation?
I plan to attend vet school after graduation and my hope is to become an exotics vet. At the moment, I am most interested in being an avian specialist. I hope to attend either UNL, Oklahoma State, or Texas A&M for vet school.