Student finds new passion after taking a risk with an internship in DC; now applying to law school in pursuit of a career in Ag Policy and Law
Name: Brooke Schafer
Hometown: Chebanse, IL
High school: Central High School
Major & Concentration: Applied Ag Economics with double major of Plant Genetics, Breeding and Biotechnology
Why did you come to Purdue: Great College of Ag and it felt like home
Favorite Purdue tradition: Hearing the fight song after winning basketball games at Mackey
Top three influences at Purdue:
- My professors
- My internships
- The three organizations I've been most actively involved in: Ag Ambassadors, Collegiate Farm Bureau, and the Grand Prix Foundation
Five words to describe Purdue:
Top five highlights of your career:
- Meeting wonderful people within the College of Ag, Purdue as a whole, and the agriculture industry
- Grand Prix Races 61, 62 and now planning Race 63
- My three internships, with DuPont Government Affairs, Pioneer Product Stewardship, & Michael Torrey Associates
- Becoming an Ag Ambassador
- Agriculture in Italy Spring Break Study Abroad
Something you wish you would have done at Purdue: Sledding on Slayter Hill
Places you have been as a Purdue student:
- Washington, DC
- Johnston, IA
Have to redo college in a major not in Ag: Economics
Favorite club/organization: Ag Ambassadors
Favorite Student-led event/initiative: Grand Prix Race
Favorite Purdue event: Purdue Basketball Games
Favorite place to study: Ground floor of the Union
Over your career where were you most likely to be found on campus: Grand Prix Office
Favorite spot on campus: The Engineering Fountain
Favorite thing about CoA: The College of Ag truly feels like a family. Wherever you are you can find someone you know and for the most part everyone is very supportive and welcoming.
Favorite thing about AGEC: The career opportunities you are able to pursue with a degree in Ag Econ are so diverse and allow you to explore multiple paths.
Favorite thing about your major: The variety of classes I've been able to take and then focus in on what is of interest to me.
Favorite class: MGMT 590: Contracts for Managers
Favorite professor: Cliff Fisher
Coolest project: Conducting research on the different regulatory approaches for pesticides in the United States and European Union.
Three biggest accomplishments:
- Publishing a snapshot of my research in JPUR.
- Securing great internships every summer.
- Being on the Dean's List every semester.
Things on your resume not listed above: Policy Chair for Collegiate Farm Bureau, Honors College, and student worker in the AGEC Advising office.
Three words to describe you:
What are you passionate for: I am passionate about the agriculture industry and figuring out how policy will impact farmers, agribusinesses and consumers. I also hope to be a part of making policy that protects family farms for generations to come.
What intrigues you about the Ag industry: I'm intrigued by the ability of the agriculture industry to consistently evolve to new circumstances and bounce back from downturns and disasters.
What motivates you: I am motivated by the belief that I can make an impact on the agriculture industry through my future career. I am also motivated by my family and wanting to make them proud.
Favorite quote: "It never hurts to keep looking for sunshine" - Eeyore
Personal Motto: Do it with passion or not at all.
Accepted employment: I am currently applying to law school!
Where do you want to end up: After law school, I'm hoping to work in DC or the Midwest (with the ability to travel to DC for work upon occasion) as a lawyer and lobbyist for the agriculture industry. I'd like to work on a wide variety of issues for multiple clients, but also interact directly with farmers. Even if my future doesn't look exactly like this, I hope to be happy with my personal and professional life.
Advice for underclassman: Take risks - something that may not be in your original plan may end up having a much bigger impact on your life than you ever thought it could.
Biggest takeaway from Purdue: Big or small, there is opportunity everywhere. It may be professional, but it could also be related to developing personal relationships that will stay with you for a lifetime.