Profile: Ross Benes

Story and photo by Alisha Tesfalem, NewsNetNebraska

Twenty-two-year-old Ross Benes has a lot on his plate. The William H. Thompson and McNair scholar is majoring in new-ed, economics and psychology and is doing research as part of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s UCARE program, which matches faculty and undergraduates in research projects.

As a Thompson scholar, he joins other UNL students who have been awarded the Buffet scholarship. The McNair Scholars program aims to increase underrepresented students in PhD programs.


Ross Benes relaxing at the City Campus Union.

But even though he’s busy, Benes said he still manages to finds time to pursue a rather unusual hobby: dumpster diving. Benes and his friends enjoy searching for treasures in garbage bins.

“A lot of people were moving out of apartment complexes, and we saw some stuff and took it and we kept doing it,” Benes said.

His apartment is brimming with stuff.

“We’ve got TVs, dressers, vacuum cleaners, cables, couches, DVD players and a futon frame,” he said.
Writing also is something he enjoys.

“I like to get my thoughts out there and let them react how they well. And writing is one way to do that.”

He’s interested in a possible career of writing for the web and newspapers, but he also is considering continuing his education in the psychology field.

“I would like to write books and do stand up comedy,” he said. “But what is more likely is I will go to grad school and major in something that I am content with doing.”