After dabbling in a variety of experiences, recommends to "seek out opportunities"


Caroline Crosslin

Hometown: Danville, IN

High school: Danville Community High School

Major & Concentration: Applied Agricultural Economics with a Minor in Management and Certificate in Entrepreneurship

Why did you come to Purdue: I wanted to stay in Indiana for college so that I could be near my family. Purdue was the obvious choice for me because it is the land grant college in Indiana. I developed a passion for agriculture in high school through FFA and my agriculture teacher. When it came time to decide where to go to college Purdue was the obvious choice.

Favorite Purdue tradition: Riding on the Boilermaker Special

Top three influences at Purdue:

  • Living in Windsor for 3 years.
  • Studying Abroad to Italy through the AGEC department.
  • Working 3 Years at ITaP and earning 2 promotions.

Five words to describe Purdue:

  • Innovative
  • Community
  • Influential
  • Elite 
  • Powerful

Top five highlights of your career:

  • Watching Big Ten upsets.
  • Making life-long friends through Sigma Alpha the professional agricultural sorority. 
  • Presenting my research with Dr. Widmar at the Undergraduate Research Conference and getting a snapshot published in JPUR.
  • Eating fresh caught octopus salad and homemade gnocchi on the Ligurian Sea in Italy. 
  • Getting the chance to have dinner at Westwood and meet President Daniels through the entrepreneurship ambassador program.

Something you wish you would have done at Purdue: Gone sledding on Slayter Hill.

Places you have been as a Purdue student:

  • Vineyards, Olive Groves, Parmesan Cheese Factories, Prosciutto Factories, and Castles throughout Italy
  • The Italian coast in Cinque Terre Italy.
  • Grower's fields in Western Indiana through Co-Alliance.

Have to redo college in a major not in Ag: Theater Design and Production with a Minor in Dance

Favorite club/organization: Purdue Horticulture Society, low yearly dues gets you food at every meeting, a shirt, and lots of plants!

Favorite Student-led event/initiative: Spring Fest

Favorite Purdue event: Ag Week

Favorite place to study: In my apartment, I need a quiet environment to be able to concentrate and get my work done.

Over your career where were you most likely to be found on campus: Working in the MATH building.

Favorite spot on campus: The green space near the engineering fountain when it is warm out with a blanket and a good book.

Favorite thing about CoA: I meet people every day that I know will become leaders in the agriculture industry and make positive lasting impacts.

Favorite thing about AGEC: The class sizes made it easy for me to develop relationships with professors and learn more about their backgrounds and current projects.

Favorite thing about your major: The diversity of classes that I have gotten to take including business strategy, marketing, financial management, international agricultural trade, and econometrics.

Favorite class: Ballet I and History of Indiana

Favorite professor: Dr. Nicole Widmar, she let me be a part of her research and allowed me to work independently on my own research project.

Coolest project: Helping with Purdue Extension Research dealing with perceptions on local food.


Three biggest accomplishments:

  1. Raising my GPA more than one point after switching majors my freshman year.  This includes 4 semesters with a 4.0 GPA.
  2. Conducting research and then writing a paper and creating a poster.
  3. Never having to pull an all nighter!

Things on your resume not listed above:

  • Entrepreneurship Program Ambassador
  • Horticulture Society Secretary
  • Sigma Alpha Director of Publicity and Social Media
  • Heifer International Vice President
  • Lafayette Food Finder Food Bank Volunteer
  • MSD Wayne Township Adult Education Volunteer

Three words to describe you:

  • Genuine
  • Hardworking
  • Ambitious

What are you passionate for: I am passionate for teaching others about the agriculture industry by creating infographics and discussing controversial topics.  I think it is my duty as a Purdue College of Agricultural Graduate to be an advocate for the agriculture industry.

What intrigues you about the Ag industry: I think that technological advancements in agriculture are intriguing. Over the next 50 years, we will continue to see more efficient and environmentally conscious ways of farming.   

What motivates you: I am motivated by the need to feel like I have put my best foot forward. This not only applies to my studies but also to my relationships and my career goals. 

Favorite quote: Sometimes the hardest days are the most important days – Tyler Trent

Personal Motto: Go confidently in the direction of your dreams – Henry Thoreau

Where do you want to end up: Eventually I would like to own a small organic farm and travel around central Indiana going to farmers markets in the summer.

Accepted employement: Private Capital Management Group in Noblesville, IN for a Financial Advisor Training Program

Advice for underclassman:

  • Get involved with as much as possible.
  • Take advantage of the resources Purdue offers including: career counseling, library data bases, convocations, and speakers.
  • Do things that are out of your comfort zone.
  • Maintain a positive social media presence.

Biggest takeaway from Purdue: In a college of 42,000 it is easy to feel like you are a small fish in a big pond. It is critical to seek out opportunities that will allow you to grow professionally and mentally. Everyone makes mistakes, but it is what you do after the mistake that shapes you as a person.

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