Jacobs experiences more at Purdue than she ever dreamed and even accepts full-time employment before her senior year 

Name: Kathleen Jacobs

Hometown: Huntington, IN

High school: Huntington North High School

Major & Concentration: I am double majoring in Agriculture Economics and Agriculture Communication.

Why did you come to Purdue: My dad is a Purdue alum so I grew up in black and gold. I still vividly remember my first Purdue game and being able to get my picture with Purdue Pete. When it came time to apply to college, my passion for Purdue was already present and I knew I wanted to go into the field of agriculture. It made sense that I would apply to such a prestigious university that would help me grow both professionally and personally. 

Favorite Purdue tradition: Tied between the Purdue Grand Prix Race and the Old Masters program

Top three influences at Purdue:
  1. Old Masters - particularly with my advisors and central committee counter parts
  2. Don Villwock
  3. Purdue Grand Prix 
Five words to describe Purdue:
  • Prestigious 
  • Challenging
  • Persistent 
  • Evolving
  • Rewarding

Top five highlights of your career:
  1. Being tapped for Mortar Board
  2. Being selected for Old Masters Central Committee
  3. Serving as the Purdue Ag Week Task Force President 
  4. Having formative internships every year of college 
  5. Having a full time job secured before beginning senior year
Something you wish you would have done at Purdue: Study Abroad

Places you have been as a Purdue student: 
  • Ag Econ Quiz Bowl team 
    • Boston, Massachusetts and San Antonio, Texas
  • Internship 
    • Farm Credit Mid-America in Louisville, Kentucky
    • ​Collegiate Farm Bureau - Washington D.C. and Pittsburg, Pennsylvania
Have to redo college in a major not in Ag: Political Science or Marketing 

Favorite club/organization: Old Masters 

Favorite Student-led event/initiative: Tied between the Purdue Grand Prix Race and the Old Masters program

Favorite Purdue event: Tied between the Purdue Grand Prix Race and the Old Masters program

Favorite place to study: Any coffee shop in the area

Over your career where were you most likely to be found on campus: Krannert or the Purdue Grand Prix Office

Favorite spot on campus: I would say KRACH, simply because the space is filled with students trying to improve themselves whether it be through studying or working with an extracurricular group.

Favorite thing about CoA: It continues to impress me how the CoA faculty and staff manages to make the college feel like a family amongst such a large student population on Purdue’s campus. 

Favorite thing about AGEC: I have never had a professor within AGEC that has not been willing to help me work through questions I have in regards to their class. This willingness has allowed me to learn more and truly capitalize on my Purdue experience.

Favorite thing about your major: I appreciate how versatile my major is when pursuing a career.

Favorite class: AGEC 330

Favorite professor: Dr. Freddie Barnard
Three biggest accomplishments:
  1. Being tapped for Mortar Board.
  2. Being a part of the Old Masters Central Committee.
  3. Graduating with two degrees, while being able to look back and recognize that I was able to balance academics and extracurricular activities. This allowed me to grow professionally and personally which was a goal I set prior to college.
Things on your resume not listed above:
  • Vice President of Ag Council
  • Served as a collegiate host at the National FFA Convention working with policy representatives from the White House, Department of Education, and the Department of Agriculture
  • Jobs on campus:
    • Student Intern for the University Office of Special Events
    • Student Intern in the Ag Alumni Department 
Three words to describe you:
  1. Determined
  2. Involved 
  3. Outgoing 

What are you passionate for:
  • Helping others recognize their worth
  • Improving the Ag Industry
  • Continual learning and growth in all people 
What intrigues you about the Ag industry: I am intrigued by how the Ag industry is ever evolving. I can never be bored with Ag because it is always improving and developing.

What motivates you: I am motivated by trying to become a better version of myself. I hope I never stop learning and then being able to take that learning and use it to assist others. 

​Favorite quote: "You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." -- Winnie the Pooh

Personal Motto: Adjust, Adapt, Overcome

Accepted employment: I have accepted a position with Farm Credit Mid-America.

Where do you want to end up: I want to end up in a career which allows me to harness my passions in order to make an impact, particularly in agriculture. At this point, I do not know what exactly that position may look like, but that is the overall goal.

Advice for underclassman: Take every opportunity. If you’re on the fence about whether you should take an opportunity or not, say ‘yes’. Some of the most shaping experiences I have had at Purdue came from saying yes to opportunities that I had never even considered before college. 

Biggest takeaway from Purdue: No matter how daunting a project, no matter how packed your schedule seems, and no matter how little sleep it seems you have had - you are able to do it. Being able to surprise myself with what I have learned and how I can apply that through projects is rewarding. Learning to tell myself I could accomplish something rather than being intimidated by it, is one of the best skills I am taking with me from my Purdue experience.

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