​Dual major student wasn’t exactly sure what she wanted to be when she grew up; now that’s much more clear

Name: Samantha Morris

Hometown: Franklin, IN

High school: Indian Creek High School

Major & Concentration: Dual major in Agribusiness with a marketing concentration & Animal Science with an agribusiness concentration 

Why did you come to Purdue: I came to Purdue because as a senior in high school I wasn’t sure what exactly I wanted to be when I grew up. I knew I wanted to be a part of the agriculture industry and that I wanted to get the most out of my college experience. When I found out I was accepted to Purdue I knew that’s where I would thrive and grow the most due to all the opportunities and experiences Purdue has to offer students.

Favorite Purdue tradition: Den Pops! They’re the perfect pick-me-up to get through a night of studying!

Top three influences at Purdue: 
  1. Studying Abroad
  2. Purdue Agricultural Council
  3. Delta Gamma
Five words to describe Purdue: 
  • Challenging 
  • Encouraging
  • Prestigious 
  • Diverse 
  • Home

Top five highlights of your career: 
  1. Going Skydiving
  2. Going bungee jumping
  3. Scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef 
  4. Meeting my life-long friends
  5. All of the travel opportunities I have been presented with
Something you wish you would have done at Purdue: Throughout my time at Purdue the one thing I really wish I would have done is get my pilots license! I have wanted to fly my entire life. While I did not fit that into my four years here at Purdue, I still plan on obtaining my license at some point in the future! 

Places you have been as a Purdue student: 

  • Purdue has allowed me to thrive in my love of traveling, which is one of the many things I love about this University! The opportunities are endless!
    • Brisbane, Australia (Study Abroad)
    • Sydney, Australia (Study Abroad)
    • Cairns, Australia (Study Abroad)
    • Bryon Bay, Australia (Study Abroad)
    • Melbourne, Australia (Study Abroad)
    • Queenstown, New Zealand (Study Abroad)
    • Texas (Internship)
    • Minnesota (Internship)
    • Missouri (Internship)
    • Iowa (Internship)
    • Illinois (Internship)
    • Colorado (Internship)

Have to redo college in a major not in Ag: I would do a Mass Communication/Media Production major. I find that kind of stuff very interesting in how it all comes together and the strategies behind reaching different groups of people. This is also something I could then easily transfer into the agriculture industry following graduation. 

Favorite club/organization: Purdue Agricultural Council

Favorite Student-led event/initiative: Moonlight Pancake Breakfast! It’s very fun to see the university come together south of State Street! 

Favorite Purdue event: Grand Prix is always fun to see campus teams compete against each other in

Favorite place to study: AGAD 121

Over your career where were you most likely to be found on campus: Doing some late night studying at Delta Gamma!

Favorite spot on campus: Memorial Mall, there is always something going on, students buzzing around, and it always feels upbeat and positive.

Favorite thing about CoA: My absolute favorite thing about the College of Agriculture is that it is one big family! Students and faculty both bond together throughout our time here and wants nothing but the best for each other, which is something I think is very unique. 

Favorite thing about AGEC: The staff is there for you every step of the way. From scheduling classes, to figuring out a career path, to needing help in a certain class, everyone in the department is willing to help you achieve success.                 

Favorite thing about your major: My favorite thing about my major is how it can be applied in so many different ways to impact the agriculture industry.

Favorite class: My favorite class so far has been AGEC 331, I enjoyed learning skills that are applicable to all aspects of the work world. 

Favorite professor: Mr. Barry Delks is someone who truly wants nothing but the best for every single person he encounters and do whatever he can to see someone succeed. He can always be seen with a smile on his face and more than likely laughing!            

Coolest project: In AGEC 427 we got to create a product and build and entire marketing plan around our product. I enjoyed thinking through the process and challenges of launching a new product and how to get the word out to people and how to really reach your target market. 

Three biggest accomplishments: 
  1. Studying abroad in Australia for a semester
  2. Being on the Agricultural Council Executive team
  3. Upcoming biggest accomplishment: Receiving two Bachelor of Science degrees from Purdue University
Things on your resume not listed above: 
  • I am a very giggly person so nine times out of ten I will probably be laughing at some point in our conversation.
  • I like challenges because they help me grow and learn.
  • I function at my best when I have a million different things going on at once.
Three words to describe you: 
  • Personable
  • Outgoing
  • Approachable 
What intrigues you about the Ag industry: What I find fascinating about the agriculture industry is how through all the hard times and set-backs, it is still the most progressive industry. No matter what gets thrown at the agriculture industry the people within work together, get through it, and still make progress for a greater tomorrow.               

What motivates you: People. Waking up every day and working with people from different places, with different ideas and points of view fascinates me. I love learning from others and also teaching others from my past experiences. Growing up our family farm was in an odd location, right in the middle of a suburb just south of Indianapolis. All my life I have gotten to explain agriculture to those who don’t necessarily understand how the whole process works and watching people get interested in the industry makes me feel like I’m making a small impact on my community and the industry.

Favorite quote: “For God is within her, she will not fall” -Psalm 46:5

Personal Motto: Do whatever sets your soul on fire! 

Accepted employment: I am currently working part-time throughout the school year with Purina Mills doing events marketing and I absolutely love it! I get to travel the country and work with producers of all different kinds of species which I think is really unique. I hope to get an offer soon for full-time employment with Purina to do marketing.

Where do you want to end up: I want to end up somewhere that I get to continue to travel and help the agriculture industry progress. If that just happened to be somewhere out west or down in Texas, I would be perfectly fine with that too!              

Advice for underclassman: My biggest piece of advice for underclassman is to take chances! Life is about living and learning. Purdue has so many amazing opportunities to help you grow as a person it’s absolutely unreal. The worst thing that can happen is that you learn you don’t like something, and that’s the “learning” part of living and learning so it’s completely okay! Purdue offers so many chances to get out and see the world, take full advantage of those opportunities and broaden your horizons. It’ll only help you grow and increase your knowledge of the world around you.

Biggest takeaway from Purdue: Purdue taught me to take chances and go after anything you want. Life is full of lessons and sometimes it’s okay to learn the hard way. The main thing is that you learned! Take that knowledge and move forward. There’s so much out there to see, do and be. Take the chances, learn the lessons, and go after anything you want with full force.

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