Enjoyed the family feel in the College of Ag and became passionate about serving others; biggest takeaway is that anything is now possible
Hometown: Idaville, IN
High school: Twin Lakes High School
Major & Concentration: Agriculture Economics with a concentration in Applied Economics and minors in Farm Management and Crop Science
Why did you come to Purdue: I grew up in a IU family, so coming to Purdue was an odd decision; however, we're also a big Ag family so when looking at the value of an education I could get at Purdue University as compared to an out of state school, the quality of education really stood out to me. Then on my first official campus visit I fell in love with the campus and knew this was instantly home.
Favorite Purdue tradition: The BoilerBall Lights show at the start of every Men's Basketball game in Mackey Arena because that hype feeling is unbeatable.
Top three influences at Purdue:
- Purdue Ag Week
- Dr. Gunderson and AGEC 430
- College of Ag Study Abroad
Five words to describe Purdue:
Top five highlights of your career:
- Being elected as the Ag Week 2019 president
- Meeting Secretary Sonny Perdue and introducing him to Purdue Ag
- Being elected as part of Purdue Grand Prix Senior Board for Race 63
- Storming the field after Purdue beat Ohio State 49-20
- Purdue Basketball going to the Elite 8 in 2019
Something you wish you would have done at Purdue: NAMA – National Agri-Marketing Association
Places you have been as a Purdue student:
- Ireland for study abroad
- Italy for study abroad
- Washington D.C. for Crop Lock up
- Pennsylvania for Young Farmers and Ranchers conference
- Kansas City for AFA Leaders Conference
- Corteva Agriscience internship throughout Illinois
- Advanced Agrilytics internship across northern Indiana
Have to redo college in a major not in Ag: Either Policy/Pre-law, or Special Education
Favorite club/organization: Purdue Grand Prix Foundation
Favorite Student-led event/initiative: Purdue Ag Week
Favorite Purdue event: Purdue Grand Prix
Favorite place to study: Krannert Drawing Room
Over your career where were you most likely to be found on campus: FarmHouse Fraternity
Favorite spot on campus: Mackey Arena
Favorite thing about CoA: Throughout my four years in the College of Agriculture, I have met so many people and the one thing that was always present was the family feel and support from everyone. I truly felt that we were all helping to build and push each other towards success as we pursued various involvements and opportunities.
Favorite thing about AGEC: My favorite thing about Purdue AGEC is the large network of support and connections in the industry. There are very few places in the world where Purdue AGEC isn't known and it's so refreshing to walk into a new place or company and instantly have a connection with them.
Favorite thing about your major: The diversity of the classes I have taken for my major shows a well-rounded education in various aspects of the agriculture industry.
Favorite class: AGEC 430
Favorite professor: Dr. Lee Schweitzer
Coolest project: AGEC 430 capstone simulation
Three biggest accomplishments:
- Serving as President of Purdue Ag Week and bringing Secretary Sonny Perdue to Campus
- Helping lead an event to package 150,000 meals to help fight global hunger
- Getting a full-time job offer before starting my senior year
Things on your resume not listed above:
- I have been to 6 countries outside the United States.
- I help manage and market livestock for my family.
- I spend all of my free time in the fall running a combine for my dad.
Three words to describe you:
What are you passionate for: I am passionate about serving others. I have been heavily involved in leadership opportunities since I was in high school, and one thing that has remained constant in each of those involvements was that I was leading to serve others. It is my goal to make a difference in any way possible so I can help others when needed.
What intrigues you about the Ag industry: I am very intrigued by the adaptability of those in the Agriculture industry. The industry is ever changing, especially so in the last 20 years, and one thing that has been stressed to us as students in agriculture is that the future is ours. We have to continue to adapt and innovate so that we can continue to improve efficiency in an effort to feed the growing population.
What motivates you: I have always been motivated by trying to better myself, but recently I find I am much more motivated when I can look at ways I can help others while doing so.
Favorite quote: "be the change you wish to see in the world"
Personal Motto: the best way to start anything is to believe in yourself
Accepted employment: I will be full time with Corteva Agriscience after graduation as an associate territory manager.
Where do you want to end up: Eventually I want to be back close to home running my family's row crop operation, but in the mean time I want to continue to grow with Corteva Agriscience and work in industry gaining more experience and skill that I can utilize later.
Advice for underclassman: Don't take Purdue for granted. This is something I have been hearing more and more of as I wrap up my undergraduate time at Purdue, and I am realizing is so true. If there was a way to take an extra year for free I 100% would because there are so many things I want to do still in my time on campus. I guess leaving wanting more means I did college right.
Biggest takeaway from Purdue: My biggest takeaway is that anything is possible. You come into college with all of these hopes and dreams for your future and what you can do, and with the help of Purdue's College of Agriculture, you truly are capable of accomplishing anything you set your mind to.