Left comfort zone coming to Purdue and met many close friends; one ended up being fiancée


Name: Jason Kikkert

Hometown: Fair Oaks, IN             

High school: Covenant Christian High School

Major & Concentration: Farm Management and minor in Crop Science

Why did you come to Purdue: Great Ag program to teach me more about agriculture as a whole and the business side of farming.

Favorite Purdue tradition: Beating IU in basketball

Top three influences at Purdue:

  1. My roommates
  2. Other close friends
  3. Books read outside of class

Words to describe Purdue:

  • Eye-opening
  • Expanded my comfort zone

Top highlights of your career:

  1. Not failing any classes
  2. Earning a 4.0 in a semester
  3. Meeting all of my friends
  4. Getting engaged to my best friend

Places you have been as a Purdue student:

  • Commodity Classic in Anaheim, California
  • Study Abroad in Ireland
  • Forage Bowl in St. Louis
  • Farm Management internship near campus

Have to redo college in a major not in Ag: None. Ag or nothing

Favorite club/organization: Ag Council

Favorite Student-led event/initiative: Moonlight Pancake Breakfast

Favorite Purdue event: Basketball games

Favorite place to study: Krannert Lobby

Over your career where were you most likely to be found on campus: Krannert

Favorite spot on campus: Mackey Arena

Favorite thing about CoA: being very close-knit despite the size

Favorite thing about AGEC: Applicable classes to my future career

Favorite thing about your major: Flexibility of classes

Favorite class: Too hard to pick between AGEC 411, 424, AGRY 505, 255, and BTNY 304

Favorite professor: Keith Johnson

Biggest accomplishments:

  1. Defeating cancer (2x)
  2. Being on the Dean's list every semester 

Things on your resume not listed above: I've been on 7 service trips

Three words to describe you:

  • Outgoing
  • Motivated
  • Hard-working

What are you passionate for: Improving

What intrigues you about the Ag industry: The people in it

What motivates you: Not reaching my own goals

Favorite quote: Go big or go home

Where do you want to end up: Helping manage the family farm

Advice for underclassman: Take as many credits as you can early; read books outside of class

Biggest takeaway from Purdue: There are a lot of things to learn in the world


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