Double major reflected back on many experiences: “Purdue takes you out of your comfort zone and helps you reach your infinite potential”



Name: Adrianne Trennepohl

Hometown: Middletown, Indiana 

High school: Shenandoah High School 

Major & Concentration: Double major with Sales & Marketing and Animal Science with a concentration in Agribusiness

Why did you come to Purdue: I came to Purdue because the minute that I stepped on campus during my campus visit I felt like I was at home. There was a feel of greatness and opportunities that got me excited to call the place home. It was also great that my parents both were Boilermakers, which is a fun characteristic to share with them. I was just so inspired when I came to campus that I knew there was nowhere else I wanted to be. Another big factor was that I was not entering the College of Agriculture, and I was actually in the College of Health and Human Sciences with the thought of going to medical school. Being unsure of my career path, I chose Purdue because I knew that agriculture was the industry I wanted to be in if I did not pursue the medical field. I am so thankful for choosing Purdue and the last 4.5 years I have spent here. I am sad to see them go but so thankful for the memories and experience I have gained. 

Favorite Purdue tradition: Den Pops (if you call that a tradition… I just love them! :))

Top three influences at Purdue: 
  1. Barry Delks
  2. Amy Cochran
  3. Scott Downey 
These are three people that have influenced me so much during my time at Purdue. I am so thankful for their advice and commitment to my development as well as their friendship. They are truly one-of-kind mentors, and I do not think I could ever repay them for what they have done for me. 

Five words to describe Purdue: 
  • Unforgettable
  • Impactful
  • Endless opportunities
  • Professional
  • Growth


Top five highlights of your career: 
  1. Study Aboard to New Zealand
  2. Being a College of Agriculture Ambassador
  3. Serving on the Agricultural Council
  4. Zoetis Internship
  5. Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance Internship


Something you wish you would have done at Purdue: I wish I would have gone to more sporting events to cheer on the Boilermakers. 

Places you have been as a Purdue student: 
  • New Zealand for a couple weeks
  • Traveling the entire Midwest and Northeast (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Maine)
  • Downtown Indianapolis. 
Have to redo college in a major not in Ag: Elementary Education – I would have loved to be an elementary education teacher because I love being a mentor for the next generation of leaders. 

Favorite club/organization: College of Agriculture Ambassadors

Favorite Student-led event/initiative: Agricultural Council’s Moonlight Pancake Breakfast

Favorite Purdue event: Purdue Ag Week

Favorite place to study: AGAD 121

Over your career where were you most likely to be found on campus: KRAN 790

Favorite spot on campus: Memorial Mall in the Fall



Favorite thing about CoA: The people are my favorite thing about Purdue College of Agriculture. They have been the most genuine, forward-thinking people that I have ever met. I was thankful to surround myself with these amazing people that pushed me to be the best version of myself. 

Favorite thing about AGEC: My favorite thing about the AGEC department is that they challenged you to never settle. They were always pushing me a little bit more out of my comfort zone. The department truly cares about its students, and they are always there to lend a helping hand and to have a conversation with you. 

Favorite thing about your major: My favorite thing about my double major is how diverse it is, and it allows me to be able to consider a lot of different career paths. I can go many places and do so many things with it. It makes me excited for the future. 

​Favorite class: AGEC 431

Favorite professor: Dr. Downey

Coolest project: Professional Marketing Presentation within AGEC 431

Three biggest accomplishments: 
  1. Studying Abroad in New Zealand
  2. Internships with Zoetis and Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance 
  3. Being a teaching assistant for AGEC 331- which has allowed me to fulfill my passion of being a mentor. 
Things on your resume not listed above: Animal Science Ambassador, President of the Indiana Junior Shorthorn Association, Vice President of the Indiana Junior Beef Cattle Association

Three words to describe you: 
  • Hardworking
  • Passionate
  • Accountable
What are you passionate for: I am passionate about helping others succeed as well as being an advocate for the agricultural industry, which is one that has given me so many opportunities and experiences. 

What intrigues you about the Ag industry: The Ag industry intrigues me because of how interconnected the segments are and how much one industry impacts and affects another. We all need each other to succeed and prosper. 

What motivates you: My family, my passions and success motivate me to be the best version of myself and to never give up on my dreams. 

Favorite quote: “Be the change you want to see in the world” -Gandhi

Personal Motto: Be the best version of yourself.

Where do you want to end up: Ideally, I would like to have an established career within the agricultural field, more specifically animal agriculture. I am really looking forward to the future, starting a family, being an AG advocate and passing on the traditions and values that have been instilled in me over the course of my lifetime. 




Advice for underclassman: My advice to underclassman is to get involved as much as possible on campus because these experiences will lead to so many lessons learned, connections and lifelong friends. 

Biggest takeaway from Purdue: My biggest takeaway from Purdue would be my education on strategy. If you know Dr. Downey, you should know the three questions of strategy because he says them all the time. Where are you now? Where do you want to be? How will you use your resources to get there? Implementing this tactic in my life has lead me to achieve accomplishments in my life, personally and professionally, that I thought I would only dream of achieving. Purdue takes you out of your comfort zone and helps you reach your infinite potential. As I travel into this next phase of life, I will always be “ever grateful, ever true” for my time at Purdue. As we all know, “hail Purdue.”

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