Alumni Success Stories
You have every reason to be excited about your future. The next few years will prepare you for a lifetime of success. NWU does more than prepare you for a single job in a single field. With a Nebraska Wesleyan education, you’ll learn to think from multiple perspectives, solve problems and collaborate with others.
The proof is in our alumni
The experiences you’ll build here will give you marketable skills. Your NWU experience will make you more versatile, more confident and more employable. See what a few of our alumni have to say about their NWU experiences.
When Xuan-Trang Thi Ho (’06) began at NWU, she assumed she’d become a dentist. That was before she discovered her love for political science.
She went on to study and serve in several countries while at NWU. She earned the most coveted scholarship an undergraduate can reach: a Rhodes scholarship. And she worked for the United Nations and UNICEF in New York, Panama, Belize and Switzerland.
“I know that I would not have won these scholarships without the support of my professors. They have always pushed me to achieve my greatest potential. I had not considered applying for a Rhodes scholarship, but they saw it in me.”
Emily Kinney (’06) is a fighter in the best sense of the word.
She’s built an impressive resume that includes Broadway experience and a movie role alongside Meryl Streep, Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin. She even fights zombies as Beth Greene in the AMC hit, “The Walking Dead”.
Her NWU education has helped to prepare her as an actor. “One of the biggest things that I’ve been taught is that [a character is] always fighting for something. You’re not just sad: you’re fighting not to be sad,” Kinney said. “That doesn’t mean it’s over the top. Just in small ways, you’re always trying to fight for something.”
An ER doctor
As an NWU student and a football player, Dr. Chad Duval (’95) learned how to manage demands on his time. Today, he works in another demanding environment: a Lincoln emergency room.
“In the emergency department, I have to be a doctor, counselor, teacher, parent and social worker all in the same shift…NWU helped me become flexible enough to handle all the tasks I have to perform on a daily basis.”
While teaching in the Czech Republic, Jillian Craig (’04) noticed that Europeans preferred glass water bottles to the plastic ones you see everywhere here.
So she designed, produced and marketed fashionable glass water bottles in the U.S.
The networking skills she built at NWU helped make it happen by teaching her the importance of making connections.
“You have to find someone in the industry or in the area who you can talk to”, Craig said. “You have to reach out to as many professional contacts as possible to get advice and network.”
Kyle Nelson’s (’08) experience proves that research opportunities at Nebraska Wesleyan can lead to greater endeavors.
While at NWU, Nelson conducted radiation detection research which was a gateway into his graduate research at Kansas State University’s Nuclear Engineering Department. Nelson secured a $1.2 million grant from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency which has led to a new state-of-the-art radiation detection system that has already been licensed by an international corporation.
“I wouldn’t be where I am today without the great experiences I had at NWU,” Nelson said. “I have really been blessed with the opportunities I have had and I look forward to the road ahead.”
A fitness trainer
Zach Harsin (’12) met many employers at NWU’s annual Business Summit. The owner of a Lincoln fitness center offered him an internship. Harsin worked hard and quickly turned that internship into a paying position.
His ideas impressed the owner so much that he became a full partner before he graduated last year.
“I love that Nebraska Wesleyan is so helpful in making connections between students and alumni,” Harsin said. “The opportunities I’ve had through NWU have made a huge difference in my life.”
A medical student
Ben Wiese (’12) has made the most of his liberal arts experience. As a biology major interested in becoming a physician, Wiese joined an internship program that more often serves political science majors: the Capitol Hill Internship Program (CHIP). Wiese went to Washington, D.C., to serve as a CHIP intern at the Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
After that experience, he used an alumni connection to secure another amazing research opportunity at the Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. There, he led an effort focused on proteins and bacteria linked to gastric cancer.
“It was my own project. I was able to take control of it,” Wiese said. “That was an amazing opportunity, especially for an undergrad.”
His resume impressed medical schools. Today he’s studying to become a physician at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
A children’s author
One of the best things a Nebraska Wesleyan education taught Phil Haussler (’00) was how to let ideas grow.
He set out to write a silly story for his soon-to-be-born son. That story didn’t pan out, but it led to bigger ideas. What he wound up with was MarbleSpark.com, a company that creates imaginative and beautiful customized children’s books.
“This [story for my son] was the first step,” Haussler said. “This little idea led to others, which eventually led to MarbleSpark. Which leads to everything that happens from here on out.”
A youth advocate
In middle school, Angelo Stabler (’09) watched kids not much older than him make and deal crack. His grandparents on the Omaha Indian Reservation helped him off that path and taught him to respect his history, community and education. That’s why he came to Nebraska Wesleyan.
As an NWU student, he founded Guidance to Success (GTS) Youth Club. GTS weaves teen mentoring and tutoring with basketball. Success on the court is a big motivator for GTS kid. And Stabler teaches them to seek the same thrill of victory in school and life.
“I turned in my last paper [at NWU], and inside I’m yelling and screaming,“ Stabler said. “Nobody could hear me, but I was yelling, ‘I did it!’”
We focus on experience
Our focus on your experience means you’ll build your resume all four years you’re here. Our professors are committed to your experience. Learning with them goes beyond the traditional classroom. They’re there for you in their offices. They respond to your emails and lead study trips abroad. They even invite entire classes into their homes.
Professors at Nebraska Wesleyan do more than set you up with a semester schedule. They set you up for career success.
Make your success your top priority
Position yourself to succeed in your career and your life. Choose Nebraska Wesleyan University and apply today!