Transfer students, nontraditional students, military students… What is the rest of your story? Many times I hear variations on the theme that “I just want to get my degree as quickly as possible. I do not have time for the campus experience.” This is understandable. You may feel that students who started at UNL right out of high school have a head start on you. While that may have a grain of truth, I believe an “I just want to get done” attitude is really self-defeating and I challenge you to re-think. The degree is only one line on your résumé. What is the rest of your story?
You may have experienced a road trip this summer. Electronic navigation is amazing. It is up to date and accurate. It provides amazing detail and can direct you to popular or out of the way places. Mine still does not help me avoid that ubiquitous summer aggravation—road construction. I confess I still find the glove box fold out map indispensable. I love their frayed creases, their quirky symbols-- even the challenge of refolding them. Maps also help me see a wider perspective. I can see the obstacle the GPS would simply route me around. My eye can drift from the highway number to interesting city and county names, to hidden scenic treasures and to fascinating attractions like the World’s Largest Ball of Twine. Even if I don’t have time to stop right now I can wonder about them and plan for them the next trip. Both GPS and maps have their advantages, and perhaps we need both.
Whether you are planning your summer road trip or your university degree, I suggest you look at the wider perspective and interesting possibilities—experiences that can enrich your education. Consider study abroad, a research experience, or an internship. Try out an additional major or minor, or a leadership role in a campus organization. This may be your only opportunity for some of those side trips and they may well be worth adding a summer or even a semester to your plan. Start thinking about how to fit them into your degree plan. Talk about the possibilities with your adviser, a faculty mentor, your classmates. Remember, it is not always about the shortest route.
Tuesday, July 3, 4:00 pm on, Oak Lake Park, 1st & Charleston
Uncle Sam Jam -- Lincoln's free, official Independence Day Celebration. Family fun starts at 4 p.m. and refreshments from food vendors will be for sale throughout the afternoon. Music, Fireworks, and More!
Wednesday, July 4, Seward, Nebraska
July Fourth in Seward – America’s Fourth of July City – Small Town USA! Parade, Craft Show, Car Show, Live Entertainment, Fireworks! Check out all the possibilities at their web page.
Thursdays in July, Morrill Hall
Free Thursday Night Admission -- The University of Nebraska State Museum in Morrill Hall will offer visitors free admission July 5, 12, 19 and 26 from 4:30-8:00pm.
Tuesdays 7pm, The Railyard
Summer Hero Movie Series – Bring the kids and enjoy a FREE movie night outside in The Railyard!
- July 10 – Spiderman Homecoming
- July 24 – Justice League
- August 14 – Black Panther
Enjoy summer. Don’t forget the sunscreen!
JoAnn Moseman, M.A.
Academic Transfer Coordinator
Undergraduate Education Programs
325 Seaton Hall
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68588-0683