First Husker Peer Mentors

First Husker Program

Peer Mentors

The First Husker Peer Mentors are your peeps, your squad, your tribe. They’re first-generation students just like you. They’ve been through the program and survived that tough first semester. And they’re excited to get you started on your own journey and help you thrive. Meet the team!

Alexis Grossnicklaus

Alexis Grossnicklaus

Sophomore

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Major(s)
Biological Sciences, Psychology
Favorite TV/movie quote?
“Carpe diem” and “No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.” – Dead Poets Society
What is one thing you wish people knew about you?
My last name means “Big Santa” in German
Who is one person (alive or dead) you would like to meet?
John Cena or Emma Watson
Biggest pet peeve?
Wet socks and crinkled papers
Andrew Burke-O’Kane

Andrew Burke-O’Kane

Junior

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Major(s)
Art, Psychology
If your life was a movie, what is the title and who would play you?
An Utter Disaster starring Ryan Reynolds
You just won an all-expenses paid vacation, where would you go?
Europe, to visit all of the art museums
Biggest pet peeve?
When people refuse to be/accept that they are wrong
Sasquatch—real or fake?
Real. “Let’s keep some magic. It keeps us young.”
Jarrett Austin

Jarrett Austin

Junior

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Major(s)
Pre-Landscape Architecture
If you were an animal, what would you be? Why?
Mantis Shrimp, 16 COLOR CONES!
Favorite TV/Movie quote?
"Heeeeyyyyy youuu guuuuyyyys!" - Sloth, The Goonies
If your life was a movie, what is the title and who would play you?
The Strawberry Mansion starring Christian Bale
What is one thing you wish people knew about you?
I'm super cheap and I love lemon water.
Jesse Casas

Jesse Casas

Sophomore

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Major(s)
Political Science, Classics and Religious Studies
Minor(s)
Leadership and Communication
If you were an animal, what would you be? Why?
A wolf, because they are resilient, beautiful, and they depend on the pack/each other (team work).
Favorite TV/movie quote?
“Don’t plan for failure, Morty. That’s worse than regular planning.” – Rick & Morty
What is one thing you wish people knew about you?
I really like superheroes.
Favorite spot on campus?
Love Library. There are so many different study spots! (and Dunkin #upallnight)
Jessica Van Buskirk

Jessica Van Buskirk

Junior

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Major(s)
Psychology
Minor(s)
Mathematics, Communications Studies, Environmental Studies
Favorite junk food?
I’m a sucker for nachos with TONS of cheese. Cheese addiction is real—look it up.
Did you give anyone stink-eye or throw shade recently? What did they do to deserve it?
I glared at the worker at Dunkin’ for giving me the wrong muffin. You better believe I ate it anyway.
What is one thing you wish people knew about you?
I may seem outgoing, but every time I have a conversation with a stranger I plan out what I’m going to say over and over in my head. Most of the time it comes out much different than planned. Haha!
Who is one person (alive or dead) you would like to meet?
Sarah Kay. She is a poet who does spoken word. She got me into poetry when I was in middle school and I have been writing ever since.
Joseline Reyna

Joseline Reyna

Senior

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Major(s)
Criminology & Criminal Justice
Minor(s)
Ethnic Studies, Spanish
Favorite junk food?
Ben & Jerry's Chunky Monkey ice cream!
If your life was a movie, what is the title and who would play you?
Joseline's Journey, and I would have Alexa Vega play me.
Favorite spot on campus and why?
My favorite spot on campus would be the Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center. It has been my home since I arrived on this campus. They always have different cultural events, and it's a quiet place to study.
Do you ever talk to yourself? When? And what did you say?
All the time!!! When I'm angry, sad, or frustrated I always talk to myself that everything will be ok and encourage myself to work harder.
Sarah Weisbecker

Sarah Weisbecker

Sophomore

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Major(s)
Marketing, Political Science
Minor(s)
Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs
Did you give anyone stink-eye or throw shade recently? What did they do to deserve it?
Yes, someone was playing music out loud at the library...seriously!
If your life was a movie, what is the title and who would play you?
I can't decide on a title, but I am most definitely played by Michael Cera.
What is one thing you wish people knew about you?
Yes, I'm from Minnesota. No, I don't have an accent.
Favorite spot on campus and why?
The City Rec. It's where I get all my stress out.
Shelby Jones

Shelby Jones

Sophomore

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Major(s)
Biological Systems Engineering
Minor(s)
Engineering Leadership
If your life was a movie, what is the title and who would play you?
Stressful but Successful starring Jennifer Lawrence
What superpower do you wish you had?
Weather manipulation. I've been interested in weather since I was a child. I was that kid who wanted to go see the action when the tornado sirens started to sound.
If you could be a character in a book, who would you be?
As an engineering student, I really enjoy math and science. So it'd be awesome to be Iron Man. His suit is based on calculations and the scientific method. It doesn't get better than that!
Which animal/reptile/insect would you least like to be locked in a cage with?
Spiders! Anything with eight legs is not okay!