Ag Econ/Agronomy double major combines science, business, and world travels into a well-rounded career


Name: Sarah Voglewede

Hometown: Pittsboro, IN

High school: Brownsburg High School

Major & Concentration: Dual major in Agronomy Business & Marketing and Agribusiness Marketing

Why did you come to Purdue: I came to Purdue originally to just study Agronomy since I have a love of chemistry and I felt that feeding the world was a noble calling. Purdue happened to be one of the best in agriculture, specifically Agronomy, and I was blessed with the opportunity to come to Purdue and learn more than just my original major.

Favorite Purdue tradition: Attending BGR Freshman year. I made lifelong friends!

Top three influences at Purdue:

  1. Dr. Downey
  2. Amy Cochran
  3. Dr. Fernandez (Costa Rica study abroad)

Five words to describe Purdue:

  • Expansive
  • World-wide
  • Innovative
  • Professionally-minded
  • Growth oriented

Top five highlights of your career:

  1. Study Abroad Costa Rica
  2. BASF Internship
  3. Purdue Welcome Center Gold Coat Ambassador
  4. Adding a major Junior year and still graduating in 4 years
  5. Representing Purdue at National Agronomy Conferences

Something you wish you would have done at Purdue: I wish I would have studied abroad earlier in my time here at Purdue, as well as made a conscious point to spend more time branching out of my comfort zone.

Places you have been as a Purdue student:

  • Costa Rica (study abroad)
  • China (study abroad upcoming in June!)
  • Baltimore, MD (national conference)
  • Tampa, FL (national conference)
  • Lincoln, NE (regional conference)
  • East Lansing, MI (regional conference)
  • Missouri & Iowa (internship)
  • North Carolina (internship and full time job)

Have to redo college in a major not in Ag: Consumer Behavior with a focus in corporate organizational structure.


Favorite club/organization: Purdue Welcome Center. Cindy and all the ambassadors have been my rock for 7 semesters.

Favorite Student-led event/initiative: Spring Fest and the Bug Bowl!

Favorite Purdue event: Ag Week

Favorite place to study: The room with the wooden benches off of Pappy's.

Over your career where were you most likely to be found on campus: KRAN 790

Favorite spot on campus: Loeb Fountain in the summer or Horticulture Park in the fall.

Favorite thing about CoA: The dedication of the personable staff, alumni, current students, advisers, and faculty.

Favorite thing about AGEC: AGEC is extremely well-rounded when it comes to class offerings and opportunities presented.

Favorite thing about your major: Both of my majors have allowed me to combine science and business in a way that will allow me to pursue a career in any industry I choose.

Favorite class: AGEC 427

Favorite professor: Dr. Scott Downey

Coolest project: The AGEC 431 Sales and Marketing Capstone presentations to Cummins corporate. Also, being honored with writing for the special edition of The Purdue Agriculturist 150th celebration edition unveiled at the 2019 Ag Alumni Fish Fry.

Three biggest accomplishments:

  1. Becoming a Teaching Assistant for AGEC 331.
  2. Turning a summer without an ag internship into one of the best jobs/experiences of my life.
  3. Learning to step out of my comfort zone and effectively lead in various situations.


Things on your resume not listed above:

  • Crop Scout Intern
  • Agronomy Ambassador
  • Officer in Agronomy Club for 3 years (Secretary, Spring Fest Coordinator, Treasurer)
  • Campus Jobs:
    • Food Marketing Data Entry
    • Forage Physiology Lab Assistant
    • DRC Note taker
    • AGEC 331 TA
    • Welcome Center Front Desk

Three words to describe you:

  • Follow-through
  • Determined
  • Restorative

What are you passionate for: I am passionate about the opportunity to see how agriculture operates in other areas of the world and the impact other countries have on each other when it comes to global issues impacting agricultural production.

What intrigues you about the Ag industry: How broad and entrenched it is in our country. Ag is everywhere and affects almost every aspect of life. It surprises me that the majority of the US does not understand that fact.

What motivates you: Helping, solving problems, and imparting advice to people has always been my motivation.

Favorite quote: "Whatever you do, always give 100%...unless you're donating blood." -Unknown

Personal Motto: Hard Work + Perseverance > Genius

Accepted employment: BASF starting in the Professional Development Program (marketing and sales PDP) in Raleigh, NC and various other US locations.

Where do you want to end up: I would love to end up traveling around the United States in various sales and marketing positions within agriculture. I hope to end up in a marketing role that oversees herbicide use for a segment of the US or even the entirety of the Americas.

Advice for underclassman: My advice for underclassman is to get involved in at least one organization within your major, an organization within your college, and an organization operating at the University level. It is so important to expand your horizons here at Purdue, and there is so much for this University to offer you if you branch out and make the most of your time here!

Biggest takeaway from Purdue: Coming to Purdue I did not realize the amazing opportunities I would have to expand past my major, my country, and outside of my comfort zone. The Purdue curriculum is not easy, but it pushes you to become a better and more disciplined version of yourself. The networks here at Purdue, both professionally and personally, will follow me the rest of my life and I cannot ask for a better mentors or dedicated professors.

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