Cheyenne Gerlach

  • Hometown: DeWitt, NE
  • Campus: University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Major: Integrated Sciences
  • Serviceship Community: Norfolk, NE

Why did you pursue RFI’s Student Serviceship experience?
While serving as a Nebraska FFA state officer, I completed 25  visits to FFA chapters’ communities. I witnessed firsthand the impact that a supportive and flourishing community could have on the young people living there. I also spent two months in a rural village in Kenya doing research. A reoccurring question there was “how do we get young people back to the community after receiving an education?” which is similar to what I’ve heard so many times in Nebraska. These experiences have given me a new look at rural Nebraska and a desire to be a Serviceship intern.

What do you hope to learn and how do you hope to be different from this experience?
I hope that my perspective of rural is even more enlightened by the end of my experience. I hope to have a network of committed individuals to be able to go to for ideas and interests surrounding rural (whether that be local or global).

What is your favorite aspect of Nebraska?
I like the subtle diversity that is quiet, yet noticeable around every bend. From the landscape, to the culture, to the industries, to the people, Nebraska seems to me to be a light where tradition and creativity can spark.