Student finds the best of both worlds after visiting UNL

Lani Hansen

Lani Hansen

Lani Hanson has an interesting description of her hometown.

“It’s the place where people go to die.”

Hanson is a senior journalism major from Albert Lea, Minnesota, a town of just over 18,000 known for its disproportionate amount of nursing homes.

So when it came time for Hanson to decide where to go to college, it was a no-brainer that she wanted to leave. But she realized she didn’t want to leave behind the small-town feeling. She visited the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and something felt like home.

“The journalism college was a small college under the umbrella of a larger university, because it provided the best of both worlds that I was looking for: the intimacy of a small town but the opportunities of a large university.”

Hanson’s love for journalism started in high school when she worked the school’s newspaper. Her love only grew from there; she’s now the editor-in-chief at The Daily Nebraskan.

The Daily Nebraskan is only the start, as Hanson’s eyes are set on bigger accomplishments. She plans to work at a newsroom or publishing house in a big city.

Although she may be nervous what the future holds, she said she won’t quit moving forward.

“I like the opportunity to go my own way — forge my own path — and explore.”

 

 

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