Student Veteran Peer Mentors

Student Veteran Peer Mentors

Megan Brooks

Megan Brooks

mbrooks92@gmail.com

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Home Town
Omaha, NE
Branch of Service
U.S. Army
Degree
Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy
Upon arriving at UNL, I wish somebody would have told me…
how much self-discipline it takes to do well in my classes when I showed up on campus.
I am a 2015 graduate of UNL, in Child, Youth, and Family Studies. In my time at UNL I was a cheerleader for four years and joined the Army National Guard as a 68W combat medic, and now drill with the 313th MED CO. in Lincoln! I am passionate about helping people and hope to one day be a family therapist for the National Guard and am working towards commissioning through ROTC until then. I enjoy fitness, cooking, crafting, and spending time with friends whenever possible!
Justin Collier

Justin Collier

justincollier217@gmail.com

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Home Town
Bedford, NH
Branch of Service
USAF
Major
Computer Science
Upon arriving at UNL, I wish somebody would have told me…
about additional housing information prior to coming to Lincoln. Not being from the area, I wasn't sure were to live or who to ask and I ended up picking a less than desirable location for my first year.
I am currently, the Vice President of the Student Veteran Organization and the president of the UNL Weightlifting Club. I have lived in many parts of the US over the course of my life and look forward to seeing many more.
Courtney Everhart

Courtney Everhart

ceverhart.thevoice@gmail.com

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Home Town
Gretna, NE
Branch of Service
Military Dependent and Army ROTC Student
Major
Fisheries & Wildlife
Upon arriving at UNL, I wish somebody would have told me…
college, and life, isn’t fulfilled by the classes or number of clubs you do, but the people and connections you make.
I am the eldest child of four kids and grew up as a military brat, moving around the US seven times. I am passionate about anything outdoors, rock climbing, and serve as an officer on the Archery Team at UNL.
Joseph Holstedt

Joseph Holstedt

joseph.holstedt@gmail.com

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Home Town
Wayne, NE
Branch of Service
U.S. Army
Major
Athletic Training
Upon arriving at UNL, I wish somebody would have told me…
about Services for Students with Disabilities. I was struggling with anxiety issues and attention issues and didn’t realize I could get assistance especially for test taking.
I love hunting (all disciplines: archery, rifle and muzzleloader). I’m a certified Personal Trainer and enjoy cycling, working out and helping people. I was in the Army from July 2002 to Jan 2014 and served as a noncommissioned officer. I hung my hat on how much of a positive influence I could make in my Soldiers lives and I don’t want others to have to go through troubles that I did, which is one of my main reasons for becoming a mentor.
Ariah Jamison

Ariah Jamison

ariahchristine@gmail.com

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Home Town
Firth, NE
Branch of Service
Military Dependent
Degree
Elementary Education; College of Education and Human Sciences
Upon arriving at UNL, I wish somebody would have told me…
“Get organized for classes right away, it pays off!”
I was born on a military base in Oklahoma. I am the oldest of 3 girls. I enjoy listening to/writing music, going to concerts, and spending time with my family and friends. I am inspired by all of the role models put in my life, such as my parents and leaders of groups I'm involved with.
Katie Howser

Katie Howser

howserkatie@yahoo.com

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Home Town
Papillion, NE
Branch of Service
US Army Reserve
Major
Veterinarian Science, College of Agricultural, Sciences & Natural Resources
Upon arriving at UNL, I wish somebody would have told me…
how to get involved with organizations on campus.
I’m currently the President of the Student Veterans Organization and I strive to make the college experience for veterans both worthwhile and enjoyable. I enjoy many outdoor activities including hunting, trap shooting, archery, hiking, and just about every sport.
Dannee Sengdara

Dannee Sengdara

dsengdara86@gmail.com

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Home Town
Crete, NE
Branch of Service
United States Marine Corps
Major
Business Administration
Upon arriving at UNL, I wish somebody would have told me…
where the Veteran Center or the Veteran student organization was located when I showed up on campus at UNL.
After graduating high-school in May 2004 I joined the Marines as a field radio operator. My first duty station was in Hawaii. In 2008 I deployed as an embedded training team member as an advisor to the Afghan National Army. I deployed again in 2010 to Afghanistan and in 2012 I got out the Marines and enrolled into Community College at Irvine Valley College in California. I completed my Associates degrees in 2014 and then transferred to UNL. I like to watch football and soccer. I enjoy fishing, playing soccer, and spending quality time with my family. I am inspired by my parents’ work ethic and their story of immigrating to the United States to provide a better future for their children. I am married to my beautiful wife Sylvia and we were blessed with a beautiful baby girl this year named Ariya.
Jacob Stoner

Jacob Stoner

jstoner183@gmail.com

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Home Town
Woodbine, Iowa
Branch of Service
U.S. Army Reserves
Degree & College
Accounting
Upon arriving at UNL, I wish somebody would have told me…
to take advantage of my professors’ office hours.
I enjoy traveling to new places, hiking through the woods and into the mountains while exploring trails. I enjoy meeting new people.
Nathanial Cox

Nathanial Cox

nathaniel.cox@huskers.unl.edu

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Home Town
Sidney, Nebraska
Branch of Service
United States Marine Corps
Degree & College
Geography/Political Science & Global Studies (Minor in Russian)
Upon arriving at UNL, I wish somebody would have told me…
about the various resources that are available at UNL when I arrived on campus.
I enjoy traveling, meeting people and experiencing new things. I’m active in outdoor activities, golfing, biking and hunting. I am involved with the IC Scholars of Academic Excellence, the Pi Sigma Alpha-Political Science Honor Society, the Gamma Theta Upsilon-Geography Honor Society and the Big Red Ski and Snowboard Club. I’m a HUGE HUSKER Football Fan and Green Bay Packers! I believe it is important to stay mentally strong, make the best out of every situation, and to especially never give up on yourself.
Samantha Garcia

Samantha Garcia

samanthabrancart@hotmail.com

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Home Town
Atkinson, Nebraska
Branch of Service
U.S. Army National Guard
Degree & College
Hospitality, Restaurant and Tourism Management
Upon arriving at UNL, I wish somebody would have told me…
about how to get my GI Bill and tuition assistance options.
I like to run, play video games and hang out at my sorority house. I am a member of the SVO, French club and Phi Mu.