Dreamed big, traveled far, worked hard

Annalee Witte

Hometown: Wilkinson, IN

High school: Eastern Hancock High School

Major & Concentration: Agricultural Sales and Marketing

Why did you come to Purdue: Both my parents went to Purdue and, originally, I wanted to be different and leave Indiana. However, after visiting and learning about the amazing value of the education here, I knew it was the place for me.

Favorite Purdue tradition:  It has to be home football games with all my friends.

Top three influences at Purdue:

  1. My friends.
  2. Studying abroad.
  3. Student organizations I've been involved with.

Five words to describe Purdue:

  • Tradition
  • Innovation
  • Competitive
  • Community
  • Opportunity

Top five highlights of your career:

  1. Studying abroad in Italy, Kenya, and Spain. I got to study such diverse subjects and experience beautiful places.
  2. Living in my cooperative house, Maclure Cooperative. Here I met my lifelong, best friends.
  3. Serving on the Old Master's Central Committee and as a host. This was my most impactful, intentional involvement.
  4. Interning with BASF for two summers in the field and at the corporate office. Without, Purdue I never would have made this connection.
  5. Interning and living with a host family in Lima, Peru. Without a doubt, one of the most amazing things I have ever done.

Something you wish you would have done at Purdue: Attended more basketball games in Mackey.

Places you have been as a Purdue student:

  • Study Abroad in Italy
  • Study Abroad in Kenya
  • Study Abroad in Madrid, Spain
  • Internship in Lima, Peru
  • AFA in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Internship in Champaign, Illinois
  • Internship in Raleigh, North Carolina

Have to redo college in a major not in Ag: I would major in Spanish and Journalism.

Favorite club/organization: Maclure Cooperative

Favorite Student-led event/initiative: Old Masters

Favorite Purdue event: Purdue Football Games

Favorite place to study: My room. Don't have to fight for a seat, close to snacks, and friends.

Over your career where were you most likely to be found on campus: Maclure Cooperative

Favorite spot on campus: Benches by the John Purdue Fountain on a summer night.

Favorite thing about CoA: I love the closeness and community – the sense of family.

Favorite thing about AGEC: I love the support you're given and how relentlessly they shower you with opportunities. You can feel how invested everyone in the department is in your success.

Favorite thing about your major: I was able to study so many different topics. You can really get a broad picture of so many things that make you prepared for a future career.

Favorite class: All my capstones: AGEC 427, 430 and 431

Favorite professor: Dr. Gunderson in AGEC 430. A little scary but really impactful.

Coolest project: My capstone project in AGEC 431 over generational differences in the salesforce. We presented it to a group of Beck's employees. Their reaction to it made all the hard work worth it.

Three biggest accomplishments:

  1. Being on the Old Masters Central Committee
  2. Serving as Vice President and Recruitment Chair in my cooperative house
  3. Taking many opportunities to travel and try new things

Things on your resume not listed above: Purdue Foundry Marketing Intern, 10 year 4-H member, American FFA Degree Recipient, Indiana State FFA Officer

Three words to describe you:

  • Independent
  • Driven
  • Adventurous

What are you passionate for: I am passionate about being kind to those around me and living every day to the fullest.

What intrigues you about the Ag industry: After growing up around production agriculture, I am very intrigued by the end of the process where we actually feed people. I am excited to learn more about this in my upcoming career.

What motivates you: I am motivated by the need to improve myself and make those around me proud.

Favorite quote: "Comparison is the death of joy." – Mark Twain

Personal Motto: Be kind and have fun.

Accepted employment: Hormel as a Deli Solutions Sales Representative in Hayward, California

Where do you want to end up: Ultimately, I would like to be in a marketing position working with consumer brands.

Advice for underclassman: Read your emails. They send all the good opportunities in emails. Connect with your professors in a meaningful way. Many don't, and it can take you so far. Be intentional with your involvement. Don't just go to meetings to fill a spot on a resume. Savor every moment and have fun.

Biggest takeaway from Purdue: Work hard. Play hard.

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