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Name: Paige Wininger

Hometown: Waveland, IN

High school: Southmont 

Major & Concentration: Sales and Marketing

Why did you come to Purdue: I have always hated this question. For me it was always why wouldn’t I have come to Purdue? I grew up very heavily in the Ag industry and I knew I wanted to make a career out of it one day. So why would I not do this at the top rated ag school in the country? 

Top three influences at Purdue: 
  1. Traveling Europe twice
  2. Dr. Fernandez
  3. The idea that every professor here at Purdue instills in their students that we can be the difference makers that change the world 
Five words to describe Purdue: 
  • Innovative
  • Proud
  • Passionate
  • Welcoming
  • Diverse 

Top five highlights of your career: 
  1. Being a founding member of my sorority, Kappa Delta Theta Nu
  2. Being selected to serve as the Purdue Ag Council Treasurer
  3. Being a member of the first ever intern class of Corteva Agriscience
  4. Making life long connections, resources, and friendships, traveling the world twice
  5. Being a helping hand in raising over a million dollars for Riley Hospital for Children through PUDM 
Something you wish you would have done at Purdue: My freshman year I had an upperclassman tell me I should make it a point every semester to add something to my resume. I successfully was able to do that minus one thing. I was really wanting to be able to add some sort of research project to my resume but I never was able to find this opportunity nor the time. 

Places you have been as a Purdue student: Purdue has taken me across the globe…twice! I have studied abroad in Europe two different times. Once in Italy and once in Ireland. I have also had the opportunity to ski the Rocky Mountains four different times with the Purdue Ski and Snowboard Club.

Have to redo college in a major not in Ag: If I didn’t choose to go into the Ag industry, I would have 100% chosen to go into the fashion industry. 

Favorite club/organization: Purdue Ag Council – this is the club that really made me feel like my presence mattered in the College of Ag 

Favorite Student-led event/initiative: My sorority, Kappa Delta, is built on the Confidence Coalition. This coalition is an international movement that encourages all women to embrace their uniqueness, live courageously and build confidence in one another. I have always been proud to be a part of something that builds confidence and inspires action because I feel like during your college career, girls especially go through this period of time that is dedicated to finding their place in this world and who they really are. Finding confidence in your own skin is something I really suggested with when I came to Purdue and I know many others do as well. This coalition is what finally gave me my confidence and I hope that I can do that for others. 

Favorite Purdue event: Boiler Basketball. The Mackey environment is indescribable. 

Favorite place to study: I do my best studying when I’m all alone in my bedroom. I have never been able to concentration in a public place like the library or a coffee shop. 

Over your career where were you most likely to be found on campus: You know, I never really found a “home” on campus. I was always had too much going on or was too busy to stay put in one location for an extended amount of time. And honestly, I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.

Favorite spot on campus: The Buchanan Club room in the Ross-Ade Pavilion. I have had the honor to attend a couple different leadership retreats and banquets in this location and the view is such a neat view point of Ross-Ade and the rest of campus. Plus, it’s not an experience that you get to take in any normal ole day on campus. 

Favorite thing about CoA: We are kind of one big happy family. As large as the agriculture industry seems to be, you quickly realize how small it actually is and how everyone seems to know everybody. I have successfully went four full years at Purdue and I have never once had a single class that I didn’t know somebody well enough to at least feel comfortable sitting by them. I think that’s pretty impressive when you think about how large of a university this is. 

Favorite thing about AGEC: Hands down the academic advisors. I truly believe all three of them truly love their job and want the absolute best for their students. It wasn’t until I started talking to my friends outside my major that I really started to realize this. Not a single day goes by that they are not flooding our emails with open job positions, leadership opportunities, or making us talk to them about how classes, the job hunt, or our life outside of classes are all going. 

Favorite thing about your major: My major has allowed me to be an educator outside of a traditional classroom sitting. Sales allows me to educate my customer on a product that can help improve their business or needs. It has thought me you are never too old to keep improving, learning, and changing. The most important thing in life is to always stay curious. 

Favorite class: HORT 360 – Flower Arrangement & ANSC 245 – Applied Animal Management 

Favorite professor: I honestly never formed a really close relationship with any of my professors. This is something I really regret and wish I would have done. I do have a favorite faculty member though. Dr. Fernandez has really been influence on my college career. The fact I have the ability to be on a first name basis with the Associate Dean of the College of Ag is pretty unique opportunity and something I have always loved about Purdue. I really don’t believe students have the ability to do at other universities. 

Coolest project: I didn’t have the “normal” sorority experience. I didn’t join a 100+  year old organization. I had the opportunity to be a founding member of the Theta Nu chapter of Kappa Delta. Kappa Delta received their charter here on campus when I was a freshman. I was recruited by a national executive board rather than current members of the house. The coolest project I have been a part of is building a sorority chapter from the ground up. Myself and 150 other women had the opportunity to lay the groundwork for what next hundred years of Kappa Delta’s here at Purdue would experience. I had the opportunity to decide what our values and campus presence would be and mean. I had a part in decided what our traditions would be. We have grown SO much in the past four years and I cannot wait to come back to campus 50 years from now and see what kind of impact and organization that I got to help create has on this campus. 

Three biggest accomplishments: 
  1. Starting my own business at the age of 21
  2. The moment when Grandpa finally let me have a serious conversation with him about the family farm operation after years of saying that girls didn’t have a place in the field
  3. Serving as the Indiana State Fair Purebred Swine Queen 
Things on your resume not listed above: Two fun facts about me: 1. In high school I worked for a ziplining company and got paid to zipline through the woods all day. 2. I started my own business the summer after my junior year. Be sure to check out Paige’s Place Boutique online! 

Three words to describe you: 
  • Active
  • Opinionated
  • Outgoing 
What are you passionate for: I am passionate for educating the uneducated. Especially on topics related to agriculture industry. Over the years I have found a very common theme when it comes to the general public being scared of the new innovating the agriculture industry is constantly making strides towards accomplishing. They are more than likely simply uneducated and this is something our industry as a whole has to keep on trying to improve. Just because we understand what good we are doing, doesn’t mean everyone else understands. 

What intrigues you about the Ag industry: Besides the fact that the ag industry is the backbone that makes our world go round and we are literally feeding this planet, the ag industry is an ever changing and revolving industry. That’s pretty cool and hard to not be proud about being involved in. 

What motivates you: Both of parents have gave up a lot in the past four years to put me through school. They would never in a million years admit to it or talk about it, but kids notice things. I just want to make them proud and show them that it was all worth it. I want to repay them for giving me the opportunity to attend an institution as prestigious as Purdue.

Favorite quote: “Don’t wait for the perfect moment, take the moment and make it perfect.”

Personal Motto: “A busy mind is a happy mind.”

Accepted employment: Ag Printers as a Junior Sales Representative in Lafayette, IN  

Where do you want to end up: My dream is to end up in a beautiful home located on a mountain top of Colorado. I just truly love that state. There is just so many cool things to do there. 

Advice for underclassman: Take advantage of EVERY SINGLE opportunity available to you. Never say no. Even if you think you’re too busy! Even if you’re scared! These are once in a life time opportunities and experiences that you will never have at the tips of your fingers ever again.

Biggest takeaway from Purdue: Everything you do outside the classroom is just as, if not more, important as you do inside the classroom. Don’t get me wrong, your grades are EXTRMEMEY important. However, your grades are more than likely not going to get you your dream job. Your connections and experiences you make outside the classroom while here at Purdue more than likely are going to get you your dream job. You are not only paying for a degree. You are also paying for four years of networking that is the foundation of everything you do for the rest of your life. 

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