​Recommends underclassmen to get involved, find your niche, and trust your gut

Name: Joplyn Raavel

Have to redo college in a major not in Ag: Law & Society

Favorite club/organization: Students Against Sexual Assault or Sigma Alpha

Favorite Student-led event/initiative: Springfest – those Sigma Alpha lemon shake-ups.

Favorite Purdue event: Football games

Favorite place to study: In my room with my puppy!

Over your career where were you most likely to be found on campus: Krach Leadership Center

Favorite spot on campus: Horizon’s Office in Krach Leadership Center on the third floor

Favorite thing about CoA: Having a tight-knit community

Favorite thing about AGEC: Learning subjects that are applicable to everyday life

Favorite thing about your major: Being able to integrate economics into my other fields of study 

Favorite class: AGEC 424

Favorite professor: Professor Baker

Coolest project: Being a peer mentor for Horizons 

Three biggest accomplishments: 
  1. Speaking at the TRIO Leadership Conference
  2. Traveling to Washington, D.C. to advocate for TRIO programs
  3. Graduating a year early as a first-generation student

Things on your resume not listed above: 
  • I work as a student office staff member at McCutcheon Residence Hall as well as being an intern for Fraternity, Sorority, and Cooperative Life
  • Founded Students Against Sexual Assault
  • Studied abroad in Cuba in summer of 2017
  • Member and officer of Sigma Alpha Professional Agricultural Sorority
  • STAR ambassador for Horizons Student Support Services
  • Getting “Outstanding Senior” Award for Horizons
Three words to describe you: 
  • Passionate
  • Determined
  • Mindful
What are you passionate for: Higher Education availability and retention advocacy, women and minority advocacy 

What intrigues you about the Ag industry: The lack of knowledge that many people in our country and others have about it, I have learned so much already and have taken initiative to be an advocate for creating change in the thinking surrounding the Ag industry 

What motivates you: Knowing there are people in my corner that are counting on me to be my best self and my family is looking up to me

Favorite quote: “Success isn’t about how much money you make, it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives” – Michelle Obama

Personal Motto: Someone has to start a wave, and that can always be me

Accepted employment: Waiting to hear back from graduate schools!

Where do you want to end up: Somewhere west, working in a higher education institution or some type of advocacy center

Advice for underclassman: Get involved, find your niche, and trust your gut

Biggest takeaway from Purdue: Making change is not a matter of having a large voice on campus, it’s a matter of using the voice you have. I have learned a lot of good and bad aspects of higher education on this campus, and I believe these experiences will help me excel in my career. 

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