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NEXT VOICE: 9 YEARS LATER Former columnists reminisce about ‘voice’

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Liz Stinson graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in journalism before embarking on a series of post-graduate internships at the Lincoln Journal Star, Omaha World-Herald, Paste magazine, Variety and Wired before working with the editorial director at Condé Nast. She lives in Brooklyn and is a staff writer for Wired Design and freelance writer for other publications.

Laura (Kjar) McQuinn teaches senior English at Grand Island Senior High. She also takes graduate classes. She played softball at Peru State College, where she met her husband.

James Pfeifer graduated from Creighton University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, followed by three years of working in psychiatry research at the Medical University of South Carolina. He coordinates clinical trials at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Omaha. He is married and “enjoying a life blissfully devoid of children for the time being.” He is worried about the impending cold after living 15 minutes from the beach in Charleston. “While it is great to be home, I’m terrified of having to deal with winter again.”

Betsey (Stehlik) Heidrick earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in advertising. She’s a social media planner with HIP Advertising, “a funky little creative firm” in Springfield, Ill., where she lives with her husband, Matt — a graduate student at the University of Illinois at Springfield — and two shelter dogs.

Zac Brokenrope teaches eighth-grade English at a charter school in Boston, where he graduated from Boston University. He still writes but only “passive-aggressive notes to my roommates.”

Sarah Kuta is a reporter for a family of daily newspapers in Boulder, Colo. She graduated with a degree in journalism from Northwestern University in June 2012. She lives in Arvada, a northwest suburb of Denver, where her newfound hobbies are refinishing furniture, thrifting and growing tomatoes … more if she had a bigger patio.

Betsy Lewis admits to “changing my major six times in my first semester of college.” She settled on communication disorders and earned her bachelor of science in education from the University of Nebraska at Kearney in December 2012. She plans to get her master of speech pathology in December 2014. Since high school, she became a sister-in-law twice and an aunt for the first time in March. She plans to vacation in Scotland next summer.

Garrett Coble is a junior at Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss., where he’s a linebacker on the Majors football team and opinion editor for the school paper, the Purple and White. He’s a member of the English Honorary and Sigma Tau Delta and reports that he has “come to enjoy the Southern culture and speed of life but not the accent.”

Nicole Greenwalt is working on a dual matriculation in English and speech pathology with minors in women’s and gender studies and teaching at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Although a senior, she has plenty of graduate work ahead of her … much to her liking. “I plan to never be done with my schooling.” She hopes someday to work with children or veterans at a hospital and write on the side. “Perhaps there is a book in my future.”

Sarah Mirza is a junior at the University of Georgia in Athens majoring in Spanish and human geography. She’s considering graduate school geography or law school to become an immigration lawyer. Her most memorable post-column experiences include “cheering on my Dawgs between the hedges with the Redcoat Band and finding a purpose in fighting for justice with UGA’s Undocumented Student Alliance and Austin, Texas’ Workers Defense Project.”

Kyra Sallans graduated early from Lincoln Southeast and enrolled a semester early at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She transferred to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln this semester, hoping to land a spot in the university’s filmmaking program. She plans to study abroad in the spring while she’s waiting to hear from the College of Performing Arts about film school.

Olivia Exstrum is a freshman at Northwestern University in Chicago this fall, where she will attend the Medill School of Journalism. She will focus on international and political journalism, hoping someday “to write for a large newspaper, such as the New York Times.”

John Noble is at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, studying politics, rhetoric, Spanish, “and/or whatever strikes my fancy next week.” He hopes to get involved with the activist community in Des Moines and work with “political advocacy groups long into the future.”

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