Big Red Resilience & Well-Being

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Huskers bounce back from life's challenges, failures, and hardships!

Resilience is a skill set of behaviors, thoughts and actions you can develop to help manage change, hardship and disappointment. Persisting and growing through adversity enhances flexibility, overall functioning and well-being.

Big Red Resilience & Well-Being provides fun events, innovative education, and dynamic services to help students understand emotions, manage stress, build strength, connect with others, develop grit and navigate transitions.

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Visit us at 127 University Health Center, 550 N. 19th St.

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Connie Boehm

(she, her, hers)

I have a master’s degree in College Student Personnel Administration from Ball State University and a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Manchester University.

I am a transplant from The Ohio State University and Columbus, Ohio, after working 20 years there as student wellness director. My spouse Mike and I have two great kids: Kirby is an Athletic Success coach and Academic Advisor at Xavier University, and Karly is a special education teacher at Randolph Elementary here in Lincoln and a soccer coach at Lincoln High. I love family time, living on Pine Lake, entertaining and our animals.

A focus on well-being is important especially for college students as they strive for balance among the nine dimensions of well-being. By implementing small positive behavior changes in one dimension other dimensions will also improve, enhancing overall well-being. My favorite self-care regimen is a bubble bath followed by as much HGTV as possible!

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Kara Brant

(she, her, hers)
Associate Director of Student Advocacy and Support

Kara has an MS in Student Affairs & Higher Education and a BA in Arts and Humanities.

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Laura Shell

(she, her, hers)
Program Coordinator

I'm pursuing a Ph.D. from Penn State University in Higher Education. I have earned an M.A. in Educational Administration from Nebraska and a B.S. in Management from Iowa State University.

I’m a slow runner and fast thinker. I love reading and learning. I’m doing my best to live a happy and healthy life. Things that make me happy are time with family and adventures, including travel.

We live a busy world. There are always things to do, people to connect with, and sites to see. This busy world can consume us and overwhelm us if we don’t prioritize ourselves. By focusing on our well-being, we have the opportunity to enjoy the things we do, give our full attention to those in our lives, and appreciate the places we go.

It took me years to find a workout that I love, but I finally found Orange Theory and I get so excited to go work my body. I also love a good bubble bath, and I feel so refreshed after a good night’s sleep. Why not do all three?

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Myrianna Bakou

(she, her, hers)
Graduate Assistant

I’m pursuing an M.A. from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in counseling psychology. I earned a B.A in Psychology with minors in Communication Studies, English, Women & Gender Studies, and Sexuality studies.

I am originally from Togo, a small country in West Africa. My family and I moved to Nebraska when I was eight years old and lived here ever since. For fun, I like to read, write, travel and create new memories with friends and family. I am passionate about living my life authentically and using my strengths to help create changes I would like to see in the world. I am also passionate about education and mental health.

My dream is to one day open a non-profit counseling center in a community with a low socioeconomic status to offer low-cost and free counseling because I believe everyone deserves the right to access affordable mental health care. My favorite way to practice self-care is to spend time with my family, take a relaxing walk, or read a book.

Healthy Huskers

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Monica Angeletti

(she, her, hers)
Junior in Biological Sciences
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Cady Giazzon

(she, her, hers)
Senior in Nutrition from Chicago, Illinois

Upon graduation I will be starting a nursing program in Chicago to further my education on medicine, nutrition, and well-being! When I am not studying in the library, you can find me at your local Starbucks crafting beverages for my favorite customers! 

I became a Healthy Husker to help enhance mental and physical health for students all across campus. I strive to be a resource and a light for students through their college years. Well-being to me is being comfortable in all areas of health, not just physical. It is feeling confident in your own skin, and feeling empowered to conquer all! Understanding that when one area of our well-being is out of balance, that it is likely it is putting another aspect out of balance as well.

When I am stressed out with school or life, I find comfort in using yoga to take a step back from the chaos. Meditation helps to calm my mind, and anxiety so that I can still tackle all the obstacles life throws my way.

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Riley Kaiser

(she, her, hers)
Sophomore in Pre-Nursing from Kansas City, Missouri

I'm from Kansas City but love going to school in Nebraska. When I'm not studying, I like hanging out with friends, reading, and cuddling puppies. 

I'm a Healthy Husker because I wanted to make an impact on fellow students by teaching them about important health topics and reminding them they are loved and not alone. It is important to take care of yourself and make sure you are living your best life possible. There are so many good things in this world to be happy about and many of us can lose sight of that during difficult times.

Taking a hot shower, putting on a face mask, and watching The Office in bed is my favorite self-care regimen.

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Hailey Nielsen

(she, her, hers)
Junior in Biology from Iowa City, Iowa

I became a Healthy Husker because I think it's important for college students to learn how to handle the challenges college brings. Well-being is important because your well-being impacts all aspects of your life, from social to physical health and everything in between.

 My favorite way to take care of myself is putting on a face mask and watching an episode on Netflix. 

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Megan Toney

(she, her, hers)
Senior in Psychology from Lincoln, Nebraska

I am an avid runner who is the current president of the Nebraska Running Club. I have done three half-marathons, and I plan to complete my first full marathon very soon! I have also been involved with the University Health Center since my Sophomore year as a student worker and as a member of the University Health Center Student Advisory Board. I also enjoy volunteering, traveling, attending UNL events, and spending time with my friends.

I wanted to be a Healthy Husker to serve as a role model for students by practicing healthy behaviors and educating students about how to improve their own well-being. I think well-being is highly important, and it easily gets neglected while being a college student. Balancing school with work, extracurriculars, and a social life can be a challenge. I want to help students make the most out of their college years and have a positive experience! Well-being is important because it means experiencing positive, healthy emotions while being satisfied with life. If well-being is neglected, then this can have a damaging effect on grades, physical health, emotional health, and much more. 

Running is my outlet through any emotion, especially when I am stressed. It truly helps clear my thoughts and boost my mood!