Enjoyed agriculture’s diversity and high quality (and had a lot of fun too!)
Name: Jacob Semonis
Hometown: Warsaw, IN
High school: Warsaw Community High School
Major & Concentration: Double Major in Applied Agricultural Economics and Agronomic Business and Marketing with a minor in Farm Management
Why did you come to Purdue: I came to Purdue because it’s the best Agricultural School in the state to come to, so it made the most sense to come here.
Top three influences at Purdue:
- Soybean Innovation Competition
- My advisors Andy & LeeAnn
- My Fiancé – Andrea Hartman
Five words to describe Purdue:
Top five highlights of your career:
- My involvement in various lab and greenhouse research here at Purdue.
- Taking a semester off during Spring ’17 to Co-Op with the Indiana State Senate Republicans.
- Winning the Student Soybean Innovation Competition in 2018.
- Doing an Internship with Farm Credit-Mid America during the summer of ’18.
- Getting engaged to my best friend.
Something you wish you would have done at Purdue: I wish I would have studied abroad
Have to redo college in a major not in Ag: I’d either go with Wildlife Biology or a general Business Management degree.
Favorite club/organization: My favorite Organization is Lions International.
Favorite Purdue event: Grand Prix
Favorite place to study: I either study in HICKS or the library of Krannert. Both have their positives.
Over your career where were you most likely to be found on campus: Krannert.
Favorite spot on campus: Krannert Library
Favorite thing about CoA: I enjoy both its diversity and high quality.
Favorite thing about AGEC: I think our advising department is second to none. I’m very fortunate to have such exceptional advisors.
Favorite thing about your major: I enjoy the fact that AGEC majors from Purdue are so well-known nation-wide.
Favorite class: I’d say it’s a tie between Plant Ecology (BTNY 302) and Agricultural Prices (AGEC 305).
Favorite professor: I don’t have a favorite professor, but there are a number of professors that I get along with a lot in both the ag econ and agronomy departments.
Coolest project: My favorite school project that I’ve done while I’ve studied at Purdue was for my internship at Farm Credit. My team was in charge of determining the main variables limiting their loan to book ratio across the association, and was also delegated to provide potential solutions to solve the problem.
Three biggest accomplishments:
- Soybean Innovation Competition winner 2017/18
- Completed the Indiana State Senate Internship
- Completed the Farm Credit Mid-America Internship
Things on your resume not listed above:
- I’ve been involved with my local Lions Club chapter since I was 14.
- I was a member of the Atwood’s 150th anniversary celebration committee before I left for college.
- I grew up on a family farm just west of Warsaw, IN.
- I was involved in FFA when I was in high school.
Three words to describe you:
What are you passionate for: I really enjoy the outdoors, as well as discussing big-picture concepts within economics, politics, etc.. I also enjoy discussing things like personality types.
What intrigues you about the Ag industry: It appeals to my interests in economics and business management. I also grew up on a family farm, so I decided that I’d invest my time and energy in the agricultural sector.
What motivates you: I motivate myself by picturing what kind of society I want my family to live in, and I strive to make that society better through investing in myself, as well as investing in my community.
Favorite quote: Julius Caesar: "If I fail, it is only because I have too much pride and ambition."
Personal Motto: “Once you’ve made a decision, and must act upon it, execute it to the best of your ability” – Jacob S.
Where do you want to end up: I am open-minded about where I’m supposed to be.
Advice for underclassman: Assess if the opportunity will give you a return on your investment, and if so, maximize your involvement to obtain the best return on investment possible.
Biggest takeaway from Purdue: I’ve learned that both knowledge and ambition are excellent tools for success. Along with this, when you surround yourself with excellent people, you’ll learn how to be excellent.