Discovered passion for law during Ag Econ class; now headed to Law School to study Agricultural Law with a desire to one day be corporate counsel in the food sector

Name: Emma "Bethany" Bielecki

Hometown: Ladoga, IN

High school: Southmont

Major & Concentration: Agribusiness with a concentration in Finance

Why did you come to Purdue: Honestly, it was the best value financially.

Favorite Purdue tradition: Riding the Boilermaker Special – Purdue's official mascot.

Top three influences at Purdue:

  • "Ever grateful, ever true"
  • Dr. Alan Gray. I never had him in class, but he spoke to one of my classes and his passion for agriculture was refreshing and exciting. He was how I knew I was in the right college.
  • Jim Gothard and his entire class – MGMT 455 - Legal Background For Business

Top five highlights of your career

  1. Constructing my own study to solve and pinpoint a major problem my first summer of my internship
  2. Creating and implementing a new reporting system for microbial data at Indiana Packers to allow for better tracking, trending, and data analytics.
  3. Conducting a year-long study to develop chilling curves of product as well as identify issues when sent to cold storage at Hanson Logistics from Indiana Packers.
  4. Meeting Neil Hamilton and Jennifer Zwagerman (Drake University Ag Law Professors)
  5. Getting in to law school

Something you wish you would have done at Purdue: Study Abroad. Absolutely. It just never lined up right for me.

Places you have been as a Purdue student: Riding for PWET (Purdue Western Equestrian Team) took me to North Carolina for Semi-Nationals.

Have to redo college in a major not in Ag: Accounting

Favorite club/organization: Purdue Pre-Law Society

Favorite Student-led event/initiative: BMOC

Favorite Purdue event: Grand Prix

Favorite place to study: Krannert Library

Over your career where were you most likely to be found on campus: After I switched to AGEC, Krannert. Before that, Lily.

Favorite spot on campus:  the Discount Den

Favorite thing about CoA: The resources! So many helpful people and connections.

Favorite thing about AGEC: The professors WANT you to learn and want you to succeed. It's a team effort.

Favorite thing about your major: The ability to make your plan individual and unique.

Favorite class: MGMT 455 – Business Law

Favorite professor: Timothy Baker!

Coolest project: For one of my COM classes we had to introduce a current US business into a new foreign country. We created a Disneyland in Germany. Super fun and super cool.

Three biggest accomplishments

  1. Getting accepted into law school
  2. Qualifying for Semi-Nationals through IHSA
  3. Being looked to for advice and input at my internship (Indiana Packers) by managers and higher ups

Things on your resume not listed above: Indiana Horse Council Queen 2nd Runner Up, 3 years at Indiana Packers in Food Safety.

Three words to describe you

  • Passionate
  • Hardworking
  • Ambitious

What are you passionate for: AG LAW and the meat industry as a whole. Also, showing horses.

What intrigues you about the Ag industry: The food labeling and food labeling laws really interest me. I'm anxious to see where that goes in a few years.

What motivates you: My motivation comes from different things different days. I would say a primary source is proving people wrong. Another big motivator in my life is success. I'm a very success driven person.

Favorite quote: "All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them"

Personal Motto: What doesn't kill you makes you stronger

Accepted employment: I'll be attending IU McKinney School of Law pursuing a J.D. focused in Agricultural Law

Where do you want to end up: Eventually, I'd like to end up as corporate counsel for a major food corporation.

Advice for underclassman: Soak it up. It ends too quickly. Find you passion and make it happen, your resources are endless here.

Biggest takeaway from Purdue: The world is literally at your fingertips. Make the career and path YOU want and believe in. 

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