Hello! I am Aric Nielsen, Live Well Omaha’s new undergraduate intern. I attend the University of Nebraska at Omaha, majoring in Recreation & Leisure Studies with minors in Business Administration and Communication Studies. I chose to go to UNO because I have lived in Nebraska my whole life and in Omaha for that last 10 years. I really do love Omaha for its amazing sense of community here. Growing up in a small town in rural Nebraska and coming to Omaha, I have always been heavily involved in two things: sports and the community. So, staying in my home city and studying Recreation & Leisure Studies made the most sense.
I came to Live Well Omaha through a student worker program based at UNO in the Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center. I am a Program Manager for the Collaborative, which connects a select number of student employees to partner with a local nonprofit to give students valuable experiences that prepare them for their careers after college. I have worked for the University for three years, previously as an Ambassador. My passions are people and having fun. Those two things have brought me to this University, my programs of study, and now into the beginnings of my career.
I hope to learn valuable lessons from Live Well Omaha to refine my leadership, business administration, communication, and people skills. I want to develop myself in these areas through positive interactions and promoting social wellness within our beautiful city. As I said before, community has always been apart of my life. I was raised as a purpose-driven man of service to his community, and I am excited for all the amazing experiences ahead, working for Live Well Omaha and my home.
Quote: “The problem, often not discovered until late in life, is that when you look for things in life like love, meaning, motivation, it implies they are sitting behind a tree or under a rock. The most successful people in life recognize that in life they create their own love, they manufacture their own meaning, they generate their own motivation. For me, I am driven by two main philosophies, know more today about the world than I knew yesterday. And lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you.”
-Neil deGrasse Tyson