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:
- Constructing my own study to solve and pinpoint a major problem my first summer of my internship
- Creating and implementing a new reporting system for microbial data at Indiana Packers to allow for better tracking, trending, and data analytics.
- 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.
- Meeting Neil Hamilton and Jennifer Zwagerman (Drake University Ag Law Professors)
- 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:
- Getting accepted into law school
- Qualifying for Semi-Nationals through IHSA
- 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:
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.