Came to learn about Commodity Marketing; leaving with a network and knowledge in many more areas

Name: Aidan Groves

Hometown: Atwater, Illinois

High school: Carlinville High

Major & Concentration: Agribusiness with a concentration in Commodity Marketing

Why did you come to Purdue: High quality education and career opportunities.

Favorite Purdue tradition: Key jingle during Football games

Top three influences at Purdue: 
  1. USDA Crop Lock-up
  2. Professors
  3. Panels

Five words to describe Purdue: 
  • Challenge
  • Leading
  • Open
  • Forward-Thinking
  • Rewarding
Top five highlights of your career: 
  1. Farm Bureau Discussion Meet
  2. Quiz Bowl
  3. Crops Team
  4. College of Ag Discussion Panel
  5. Maintaining GPA
Something you wish you would have done at Purdue: Drive a go-kart in Grand Prix

Places you have been as a Purdue student: 
  • Washington D.C
  • Chicago
  • North Fork, NE
  • Manhattan, KS
  • Ames, IA
Have to redo college in a major not in Ag: Finance/ Business management 

Favorite club/organization: Collegiate Farm Bureau

Favorite Student-led event/initiative: Ag Discussion Panel

Favorite Purdue event: Ice Cream Social               

Favorite place to study: Lilly CRC

Over your career where were you most likely to be found on campus: Lilly Hall

Favorite spot on campus: Lilly CRC

Favorite thing about CoA: Small size & personal feel

Favorite thing about AGEC: Open access to all faculty & opportunities to grow

Favorite thing about your major: Finance & commodity marketing courses 

Favorite class: AGEC 424 – Finance, AGEC 217 – Macroeconomics or AGEC 321 – Commodity Marketing

Favorite professor: Dr. DeBoer

Coolest project: The final video for AGEC 296 pitching the course to prospective students

Three biggest accomplishments: 
  1. Discussion meet champ at Purdue
  2. Running the Ag discussion panel
  3. Keeping 4.0 GPA
Things on your resume not listed above: Part-time job with Purdue Weed Science and Cargill internship

Three words to describe you: 
  • Driven
  • Hardworking
  • Restorative
What are you passionate for: Farming and restoring antiques 

What intrigues you about the Ag industry: The scope and various opportunities in industry

What motivates you: Family traditions 

Favorite quote: “Do not work smarter and not harder, work smart and hard”

Personal Motto: Git er’ done!

Where do you want to end up: As a successful farmer

Advice for underclassman: Push yourself, do well on your first test, and find your limit

Biggest takeaway from Purdue: You will reap what you sow and go for.

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