Student Veteran Peer Mentors

Student Veteran Peer Mentors

Chris Berggren

Chris Berggren

chrismberggren@gmail.com

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Branch of Service
United States Marine Corps
Degree
B.A. in English & currently pursuing a M.A. in Elementary Education
Upon arriving at UNL, I wish somebody would have told me…
to get involved.  When I was getting my undergraduate degree, I kept my head down and just plowed through school.  No one knew who I was aside from a couple of acquaintances through class and one or two English professors.  Connecting with an organization in college (like the SVO) will give you a richer college experience than if you just go to class.
I served in the Marine Corps from 2003-2007.  I was in 1/3 Charlie Company stationed in Hawaii, with deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.  After I was honorably discharged I attended UNL and began working at an after school program for sixth through twelfth graders. I really liked working with kids, so I decided to serve in the Peace Corps as a Youth Development Volunteer.  I was placed in Costa Rica and worked with the schools in my site to keep kids off drugs and in school.  I'm currently in a Masters program for Elementary Education.
Nathanial Cox

Nathanial Cox

nathaniel.cox@huskers.unl.edu

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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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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 am involved in different organizations across campus from Phi Mu - social sorority, Delta Sigma Pi – professional business fraternity, French Club and the Hospitality Student Development Organization. I serve on the ASUN (Association of student of the University of Nebraska) Committee for Diversity and Inclusion serving as the veteran and Military rep. I am also a Resident Assistant on campus so I’m on campus all the time.
In my free time, you can find me in the center talking to Deb or Darrell. I also enjoy running, going to the rec and playing video games. I had an internship at the Cannes Film Festival in the South of France and enjoy traveling. I lived in Europe for 10 years so I think that’s where it came from.
Raymond Holliday

Raymond Holliday

raymondholliday@yahoo.com

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Branch of Service
United States Marine Corps
Degree
English/History
Upon arriving at UNL, I wish somebody would have told me…
To summarize the broad experience here at UNL, the key is networking. Ways to do that in less annoying, stressful, or overall lame ways is in groups you feel comfortable with, or can relate to.
  • First place to find networking and benefit support is the M&VSC. The Success Center is home to Deb (certifying official, benefits), Barb (VA liaison), and Darrell (the big dog).
  • Second place is the Student Veteran Organization. We do fun stuff, I promise. (Shameless plug).
  • Third, go to the writing center for all your papers, it doesn’t hurt to turn “A” work into “A+.” Find places to study successfully. http://libraries.unl.edu/places-study
  • On a personal note; welcome to UNL. The UNL Campus Rec, with locations on both City and East Campus, hosts a wide variety of involvement and entertainment. Networking happens on the court and the field too! Check out the gyms, city campus climbing facility, and weight room on either campus.
  • Start vetting your professors from day one! You are paying to attend school at UNL, earn the best experience; develop relationships with professors you work well with. They will help you down the road as your degree concentration becomes more focused. This is the precursor to professional networking, most professors are heavily invested in research and are connected in the outside world. Talk internship!
  • GET MORE MONEY FOR SCHOOL: Visit https://fafsa.ed.gov/ , visit the UNL Canfield Administration building- The Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid. You may qualify for free money in your pocket, not a loan, if you recently ended your active duty service, are unemployed, or if your tax information falls within the boundaries. Talk to Barb about scholarships from the military side, there are scholarships to apply for from the UNL side as well.
I enjoy lifting heavier weights, reading more books, and failing more math tests, than you. I’m SVO VP and CRAC member. During my 4 Corps years I was your friendly neighborhood S-4 clerk (Skating Olympics 2x finalist, 1x Gold medalist; TerminalLanceSquad).
Katie Howser

Katie Howser

howserkatie@yahoo.com

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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.
Ariah Jamison

Ariah Jamison

ariahchristine@gmail.com

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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.
Jacob Post

Jacob Post

jpost690@gmail.com

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Branch of Service
United States Marine Corps
Degree
Elementary Education; College of Education and Human Sciences
Upon arriving at UNL, I wish somebody would have told me…
“College isn't just about classes and grades. Branching out and being outside of your comfort-bubble is important and imperative to meet new people and establish unique and useful connections. Don't ever think you are alone because there are so many resources throughout campus to utilize, especially for Veterans!”
I am the current President of the Student Veterans Organization here at UNL, the youngest of three brothers, I am a Nebraska native all my life, my biggest passions are horses, outdoors/hunting and music. I am a loud and friendly person, don't hesitate to ask me about anything, any time!
Mikaela Renner

Mikaela Renner

mikaelarenner01@gmail.com

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Branch of Service
Military Dependent
Degree
Human Development and Family Science
Upon arriving at UNL, I wish somebody would have told me…
to get involved because it’s a good way to make new friends and feel a part of the school.
I’m the youngest child in my family. Both my dad and bother are in the Army National Guard. I’m interested in doing marriage and family therapy work for veterans and their families. I enjoy going on adventures, playing sports, playing with my new puppy, and working with kids and families.
Ty Sarvis

Ty Sarvis

tysarvis@yahoo.com

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Branch of Service
United States Marine Corps
Degree
Civil Engineering
Upon arriving at UNL, I wish somebody would have told me…
to find an organization that shares your passion and be as involved as you can.
I am currently a Marine Corps Officer Candidate and will have completed six weeks of officer candidates school by the beginning the 2017 fall semester. I’m very active in groups around campus, from Engineers without borders to the UNL Barbell club, and enjoy getting to know new people whenever I can. I live for the great outdoors and I’ve always loved anything that has to do with athletics. I’m always glad to help with any issues people are having around campus. Everyone is bound to face adversity in there collage experience and outside of it, and developing mental toughness as well as a positive attitude is pivotal to success.
Jacob Stoner

Jacob Stoner

jstoner183@gmail.com

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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.