Proud to be a Boilermaker and thankful for all of the opportunities and experiences Purdue has brought into her life!


Name: Karlee Kitchel

Hometown: Flora, IN

High school: Carroll Jr./Sr. High School

Major & Concentration:  Sales and Marketing with a minor in Communications

Why did you come to Purdue: I came to Purdue because ever since I first visited Purdue's campus when my brother started college it felt like home and I knew that's where I wanted to attend school. I also knew I wanted to pursue a career in the agriculture industry, and what better place to attain an agriculture degree from than Purdue University! Attending Purdue has been my best decision yet and I am so thankful for my four years here!

Favorite Purdue tradition: Tailgating before home football games!

Top three influences at Purdue:

  1. Alpha Phi
  2. College of Ag
  3. Study Abroad

Five words to describe Purdue:

  • Prestigious
  • Challenging
  • Leaders
  • Home
  • Boilermakers!

Top five highlights of your career

  1. Serving as the President of my sorority, Alpha Phi
  2. Being a part of the first ever intern class for Corteva Agriscience
  3. Working as a Marketing and Communications intern at Caterpillar while being a full-time student
  4. Study Abroad to Italy
  5. Making life-long friendships

Something you wish you would have done at Purdue: I wish I would have been a TA for AGEC 331!


Places you have been as a Purdue student

  • Italy Study Abroad
  • Traveling the state of Indiana and Southern Michigan through my crop protection sales internship with Corteva Agriscience
  • Alpha Phi leadership conference in Chicago

Have to redo college in a major not in Ag: Engineering

Favorite club/organization: Alpha Phi

Favorite Student-led event/initiative: Thankful Thursday! I helped invent and implement this initiative in Alpha Phi to thank and serve the Purdue Policeman and Fireman by delivering baked goods on a weekly basis to thank them for all they do to keep us safe on campus!

Favorite Purdue event: Home football and basketball games!

Favorite place to study: Krannert Library or Krach

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

Favorite thing about CoA: My favorite thing about the College of Ag is how it is like one big family! From the academic advisors, to the professors and the students, everyone is always so welcoming and friendly!

 Favorite thing about AGEC: My favorite thing about AGEC are the academic advisors. They strive to help make their student's time at Purdue the best experience and full of opportunities to grow and learn in the agriculture industry. They truly want nothing more than to help you reach success as a student, and I have always found that very comforting!

Favorite thing about your major: My favorite thing about my major are the professors and how they have allowed me to gain real world experiences by developing skills and presenting on topics relevant to agriculture sales and marketing.

Favorite class: AGEC 331 and AGEC 431 – both sales courses

Favorite professor: Dr. Michael Gunderson and Dr. Freddie Barnard

Coolest project: Developing a professional marketing presentation in AGEC 431 to present to my peers and industry professionals.

Three biggest accomplishments

  1. Accepting a full- time job with Corteva Agriscience
  2. President of Alpha Phi
  3. Near Future- Graduating from Purdue University!

Three words to describe you

  • Driven
  • Outgoing
  • Ambitious

What intrigues you about the Ag industry: The agriculture industry intrigues me because it is constantly growing and evolving.

What motivates you: My family and achieving success motivates me to be the best version of myself and to reach my infinite potential!

Favorite quote: "She is clothed in strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future." –Proverbs 31:25

Personal Motto: It's ok to have too much fun!

Accepted employment: I will be working for Corteva Agriscience in Indianapolis, IN as an Associate Territory Manager.

Where do you want to end up: I have a very open mind about my future and no specific place I hope I end up. I am excited to start my career and see where life takes me!

Advice for underclassman:  My advice for underclassman is to cease every opportunity and to make the most of every experience! Purdue has so much to offer, and I strongly encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and to take chances! Four years will go by faster than you can imagine, so make as many memories as you can, network, make new friendships and have fun!


Biggest takeaway from Purdue: My biggest takeaway from Purdue are the lifelong friendships and connections I have made! I will forever cherish the memories I have made here at Purdue! My heart is so full knowing that although my four short years have come to an end, being a boilermaker is forever!

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