Emily Frenzen shares her rural communication, entrepreneurship experience on Rural Futures Podcast



November 28, 2018 — Emily Frenzen, a junior agricultural and environmental sciences communication major at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln grew up on her family’s farm in Fullerton, Neb., where she gained a passion for photography.

Growing up in a rural community fostered her entrepreneurial spirit which sparked the creation of her photography business through the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program.

Frenzen shared her rural story during the Bold Voices student segment of the Rural Futures Podcast Episode 19 at 11:24. This episode features Marji Guyler-Alaniz, a photographer who founded FarmHer to share the stories of women in agriculture, and it is available across listening platforms — iTunes, Stitcher, SoundCloudGoogle Play and Spotify.

During his segment, Frenzen shares the insights she gained after working, serving and living in McCook, Neb., for 10 weeks during summer 2018 as a Rural Futures Institute (RFI) Serviceship student. With her partner Sage Williams, she worked with the High Plains Museum to assess its assets and create a plan of action. She also assisted in creating a mastermind alliance and intern program in McCook.

“Serviceship was really challenging, but that was so awesome because there was so much growth that came with that,” Frenzen says. “We really had to step out of our comfort zone and make connections within the community, and it was really up to us to make a lot of those decisions.”

For Frenzen, it was the opportunity to network with the RFI staff, University of Nebraska faculty and community leaders that drew her to RFI Serviceship. “I just have all these awesome people in my back pocket that I know I can reach out to at any time,” she says.