Husker Power

At Nebraska your success is driven by Husker POWER, a simple phrase that is more than a spirited cheer. Huskers think boldly, propel ideas further, and persevere through challenges. As you embrace new opportunities and explore university resources, you’ll discover your POWER: Purpose, Ownership, Well-being, Engagement, and Relationships.

PURPOSE

Find, deepen, and achieve your purpose for pursuing higher education

Why are you here? What do you want out of your Husker experience? Whether you’ve planned your future since you were five or you're totally undecided about your major, honing your purpose is key.

Explore new areas and develop your sense of purpose through the following campus experiences:

  • Attend a “welcome event” sponsored by your college and/or department
  • Meet with an academic success coach to plan a study schedule and set goals
  • Visit instructors during office hours to discuss success strategies and career planning
  • Join a Recognized Student Organization (RSO) related to your academic or extracurricular interests

Find more ways to achieve your purpose

Shridula Hegde
- Orientation Leader

“Have you ever wanted to do something new but stopped because you were afraid of rejection? My first semester at UNL, I thought of joining the ballroom dancing company because I missed dancing. But then I found out I had to audition. When you come to campus, dare yourself to try something new. Now, I am an active member of the ballroom dancing club. Do not let the fear of rejection stop you, because the answer will always be a no if you never ask.”

Shridula Hegde, orientation leader

OWNERSHIP

Take ownership of your story and your educational journey

What’s your story? Our culture, values, and experiences shape who we are. Your story is important to our Husker community—and it’s only just beginning. Step outside your comfort zone, discover different viewpoints, and gain global perspectives as you engage in conversations and experiences with peers whose opinions, customs, identities, and personal lifestyles differ from your own.

Learn about yourself and peers through the following experiences:

  • Participate in Husker Dialogues
  • Explore Education Abroad) opportunities
  • Attend open houses and events at the Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center, LGBTQA+ Resource Center, Women’s Center, Lied Center and more
  • Engage with a peer mentor

Learn more ways to take ownership

Molly Durham
- Orientation Leader

“I am a prime example of someone who had no idea what they wanted to do after college. I was so focused on trying to decide on a major that would lead to a happy and successful future that I lost sight of what is really important. Spend less time worrying about what you will be doing in ten years and more time focusing on what interests you. By doing this, you will have a better college experience and obtain a more valuable degree in the end.”

Molly Durham, orientation leader

WELL-BEING

Be the best version of yourself

College is the ultimate test of balance and taking care of your well-being is crucial. Whether you're looking for stress management activities, encouragement for healthy eating, a workout partner, or financial tips, you’ll find a variety of activities and support services to help you succeed.

Take care of your well-being

Emily Witzenburg
- Orientation Leader

“Sophomore year, my test anxiety spiraled out of control. I didn’t talk about it with anyone because I was embarrassed. My friend convinced me that I should go speak to someone about the way I was feeling, and I am so glad I did. Here at UNL, we have Counseling and Psychological Services, or CAPS, right here on campus. I was able to understand that I did not have to feel like that all of the time. It is important to know that what you are feeling is valid and it is important that you have someone to talk through things with.”

Emily Witzenburg, orientation leader

ENGAGEMENT

Engage in experiences that prepare you to excel in a global society

Develop your leadership skills through involvement in student government, clubs, volunteering, or campus employment. Getting involved on campus and in the community allows you to create meaningful contributions and gain relevant experience for the future.

Engage in your college experience

Jared Long
- Orientation Leader

“I was nervous about attending such a large university in an unfamiliar place where I knew no one. But when I got to campus, I got involved in organizations like Student Government and the Honors Program, I went to every event I could like Party at the Union and the Big Red Welcome Street Festival, and I started introducing myself to my professors. Pretty soon, campus started feeling like a much smaller place. I recognized people as I walked to my classes, my new friends introduced me to Nebraska traditions like Runza, and I quickly realized that 1/3 of the student body at UNL is out of state students.”

Jared Long, orientation leader

RELATIONSHIPS

Build relationships with your peers, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members

Campus may feel a bit overwhelming at first, but don’t worry! The key is to put yourself out there and be open to everyone you meet. Build relationships in small groups—in your classrooms, residence halls, study groups, and student organizations. Relationships will help you stay motivated and support your goals.

Learn about how to build more relationships

Zak Folchert
- Orientation Leader

“My first test in college was for an introductory course in Chemistry. When I got my score back, I was disappointed and I knew I needed to seek out help. By going to my Teaching Assistant’s office hours, I was able to establish a community not only among the TA’s in the resource center, but with other students who were taking the same classes as I was.”

Zak Folchert, orientation leader