Found diversity and applicability of the classes to real-world agriculture, as well as many ways to serve others through agriculture

Name: Erica Timmons

Hometown: Lebanon, IN

High school: Western Boone Jr./Sr. High

Major & Concentration: Double major of Agribusiness Management & Spanish with minors in Communications, Organizational Leadership & Jewish Studies

Why did you come to Purdue: I knew I wanted to study agriculture and there is no better place than Purdue.

Favorite Purdue tradition: Honestly, the fight song. I’ve known every word since I was little, but it brings so many amazing college memories to mind now. Every time I hear it, it makes me proud to be a Boilermaker.

Top three influences at Purdue: 
  1. My faith
  2. My friends
  3. My church family at Faith West
Five words to describe Purdue: 
  • World-class
  • Innovative
  • Challenging
  • Family
  • Home

Top five highlights of your career:
  1. Making lifelong friends with some of the most amazing individuals I have ever met!
  2. My summer internship experiences in Minneapolis and Des Moines
  3. My friends and I’s weekly Taco Tuesday tradition
  4. Being privileged to serve as Vice President of PBF for 2 years
  5. Taking a spontaneous 62 hour road trip to New York my freshman year (yes, I did drive 22 hours that weekend…)
Something you wish you would have done at Purdue: I wish I would have found more space in my schedule to take courses I am interested in. I have tried to take as many classes as I can to explore different subjects, but I feel like there are still dozens of topics I would have loved to learn about.

Places you have been as a Purdue student
  • Missions trips to Ethiopia 
  • Internships – Minneapolis, Des Moines, Kansas, Wisconsin, South Africa, Tanzania, Washington DC
  • Road trips with friends – New York, Gatlinburg, Toronto, Chicago
Have to redo college in a major not in Ag: Philosophy

Favorite club/organization: Purdue Bible Fellowship

Favorite Student-led event/initiative: Ag Week

Favorite Purdue event: The Thursday farmers’ market on the Mall in the fall; I always look forward to it between classes.

Favorite place to study: the Union Starbucks

Over your career where were you most likely to be found on campus: Krannert G016 or the CoRec

Favorite spot on campus: Most definitely Greyhouse

Favorite thing about CoA: The close community the students form and the professors’ willingness to invest in their students.

Favorite thing about AGEC: The applicability of the classes to real-world agriculture. I’ve already used much of my classwork in the internships I have had.

Favorite thing about your major: I love the diversity of classes in Agribusiness Management. I have learned about finance, accounting, people management, agricultural markets, international development, animal nutrition and communications- all within my plan of study! Having a double major in Spanish also helps keep the coursework different and refreshing.

Favorite class: PHIL 260 (Philosophy of Law) or Biblical Hebrew

Favorite professor: Stuart Robertson, Biblical Hebrew

Coolest project: Although it was not for a class, my team won the first Land O’Lakes Living Case Competition held at Purdue. It was an opportunity to meet new individuals in the ag industry, apply my education to a real-world scenario, and stretch myself personally.

Three biggest accomplishments:
  1. Being selected as part of the Land O’Lakes Global Food Challenge
  2. Being selected as a Purdue Mortar Board member
  3. Learning to like (and now love) coffee
Things on your resume not listed above: I speak elementary Amharic (this is not always on my resume, but sometimes I throw it in for fun!). Also, I work about 15 hours a week as a nanny for a family here in West Lafayette.

What are you passionate for: I am passionate about using my skills to help and better those around 

What intrigues you about the Ag industry: The innovation, passion, and skills those within the industry have for their work. Despite the challenges the industry faces, I trust we are in good hands.

What motivates you: The sacrifices others have made for me.

Favorite quote: “This is real love--not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.” 1 John 4:10

Personal Motto: Where you invest your love, you invest your life.

Where do you want to end up: I am not sure yet. However, I do know that –no matter where I am living or what roles I have taken on– I hope that those around me would see Christ, feel valued, and know they are loved.

Advice for underclassman: College is about so much more than just your resume. Use this time to find what you love and invest your energy there. After four years, you want to look back on your time knowing you spent your time fostering your passions, growing yourself as a person, and learning what you love. It does not matter if it is not the typical path; it’s the path that reflects who you are– the internships, jobs, or fellowships will see that.

Biggest takeaway from Purdue: “ God has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11

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