• Jen Gibbs

May the Fourth Be With You

Yes, I know it is May 6th but May 4th was a big day for most of my friends, my boyfriend, and myself. WE GRADUATED. I was oh-so-fortunate to sit through about six hours of commencement on a beautiful Friday in Omaha, Nebraska and watch so many people I love achieve one of their biggest goals. And as a friend--I couldn't be prouder of each and every one of them.

It hasn't quite hit yet. I won't get to see my friends nearly every day walking through the business college, I am not required to attend Delta Sigma Pi meetings every Thursday at 7 anymore, I won't have to complain about UNO parking and how I get a ticket no matter where I park at any time of day. It's done. I'm done. After nearly 19 years of being a student, I'm not anymore (unless I decide to get my MBA which I would love to do).

They say now it's time for "the real world" implying that these last four years were a game, an imaginary place where we didn't learn all we know from incredible professors and life lessons from personal experiences. College is a place to grow, bloom. I obviously can't say much about other schools and their programs because I've been a Maverick for four years --my entire college career-- But I CAN tell you about what it was like being a Maverick and learning from some of the greatest people I know.

UNO is situated at the heart of the Omaha community. UNO helps Omaha and Omaha helps UNO. It's a mutual, loving relationship. Each and every one of my professors was (and is) more than just teacher. My college professors have all held extremely high positions around the world and within Omaha itself. There's adjuncts who run their own businesses. Some professors who genuinely spend their time traveling for the sole purpose of their students, so they can come back and teach business practices that are used in other cities, states, and even countries. Each of these professors help UNO. Each of these professors help Omaha. Myself and the Omaha community are thankful for all of them.

The connections, lessons, failures, love, experiences, lectures, couldn't possibly be the same anywhere else. There's no other university who pushes their students into their community the way UNO does. As a student, I got to work with small businesses within Omaha, create a marketing project for a successful yoga studio and even work with the Chevy of the Heartland team. Project after project went back into Omaha, and into my own personal growth.

UNO was not my first choice in schools, but I'm so glad what seemed like a mistake freshmen year, was actually one of the biggest blessings in disguise. There's never a clear path to see what the future holds, but I know I have the knowledge, passion, determination, friends, love, connections, hard-work to back me and it's all because of the University of Nebraksa at Omaha.

Thank you UNO.

I'd love to hear your own stories about your growth, university, professors, ANYTHING. I'd also love to share them with the world. There are some things you just can't hold back, and I'm here to listen!

Have a soon to be high school grad and want to learn more about UNO? You can access the UNO website here or shoot me an email and I'd love to chat!

This post is in no way sponsored by the University of Nebraska at Omaha. I just truly loved my experience!!

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