Trenton Buhr

  • Hometown: Cortland, NE
  • Campus: University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Major: Political Science, Psychology, & Classics
  • Serviceship Community: Red Cloud, NE

Why did you pursue RFI’s Student Serviceship experience?
I’m most excited to experience what it feels like to live in a rural area not in the eastern part of the state. I grew up in Eastern Nebraska and while Waverly is considered rural, it is close to both Lincoln and Omaha.

What do you hope to learn and how do you hope to be different from this experience?
I hope to learn everything that it takes to start something new and make changes: to interact with residents and see their visions and tie in resources to make a town vibrant. There are many factors that lead to a successful plan, especially one as complex as revitalizing a community. Going through the process from the ground up will be extremely valuable when tackling any new idea in the future. More than anything, I hope to come back with a better sense of how to unite a group of people behind an idea to make it happen.

What is your favorite aspect of Nebraska?
People always say that Nebraska is “nice.” I’ve often heard remarks about our constant “thank you’s” and holding doors open for everyone behind you. Although I’m skeptical the people here are somehow nicer than elsewhere, I believe our standards of respect are higher. These little actions exemplify where we set the bar for treating those around us. Obviously this doesn’t happen all the time, but it truly is the norm here and that is a characteristic of Nebraska that I am incredibly proud of.