Created opportunities and invested in relationships around the globe; learned authenticity allows for larger impacts

Name: Haley Mood

Hometown: Danville, Indiana

High school: Danville Community High School

Major & Concentration: Agribusiness Management

Why did you come to Purdue: I grew up a Boilermaker! Both my parents went to Purdue. Growing up, my parents joked I knew the Purdue fight song before my ABC's.

Favorite Purdue tradition: Grabbing a den pop with friends after class!

Top three influences at Purdue:

  1. My influential mentors
  2. My peers who have pushed me to be a better version of myself
  3. The magnitude of awesome opportunities available to us

Five words to describe Purdue:

  • Tradition
  • Excellence
  • Empowering
  • Collaborative
  • Exciting

Top five highlights of your career:

  1. My study abroad experiences that took me to Ireland, France, Germany, Austria, Hungary, and Romania
  2. The amazing friendships I have made through my involvement with Sigma Alpha Sorority
  3. The incredible opportunities I have through my involvement with Purdue Ag Week, Ag Econ Envoys, Issues 360, and others!
  4. Interning for companies where I could combine my passions and talents!
  5. Watching Purdue beat ANYONE in Mackey Arena or Ross Ade Stadium.

Something you wish you would have done at Purdue: I wish I wouldn't have left the Purdue Ohio State game early because I was freezing cold, talk about a regret! Other than that, I wouldn't change a thing.

Places you have been as a Purdue student:

  • Purdue has taken me literally all across the US and the globe! I have had the opportunity to study abroad twice. The first was a spring break traveling around Ireland visiting farms and seeing how they produce livestock. The second was this past summer I spent the month of May on the Orient Express traveling by train through France, Germany, Austria, Hungary, and Romania seeing how agriculture changed as you moved from Western to Eastern Europe!
  • I have also had a variety of internships across the state as a field scout, working for a Case IH Dealership, and most recently for Indiana Farm Bureau.
  • Each year I have also had the opportunity to travel to Agriculture Future of America conference in Kansas City as a Purdue delegate.
  • I also have been able to travel with my family to watch the Boilermakers play basketball, the highlights would be the Bahamas and Madison Square Garden.

Have to redo college in a major not in Ag: If I couldn't major in agriculture, I think I would major in either marketing or communication and trying to pick an agriculture minor or two!

Favorite club/organization: Purdue Ag Week and Sigma Alpha Sorority!

Favorite Student-led event/initiative: Purdue Ag Week is hands down the best week of the year, although I may be biased. Seeing agriculture students and organizations come together to engage with students outside of agriculture while also have a lot of fun is a really cool thing!

Favorite Purdue event: ANY Purdue Basketball game!

Favorite place to study: I have spent more late nights and early mornings in Ag Administration than I would like to admit!

Over your career where were you most likely to be found on campus: If you're looking for me the first places you should check should be Ag Admin or the basement of Krannert.

Favorite spot on campus: My favorite spot on campus is to study on the porches on the front of the Union when the weather is nice! It's such a neat spot not many people use.

Favorite thing about CoA: The College of Ag really does have a way of making this large campus seem small! I remember being overwhelmed as a freshman and feeling like a small fish in large pond. If you get involved, take advantage of the resources available to you, and invest in relationships Purdue will instantly feel like a home away from home.

Favorite thing about AGEC: My favorite part of the Ag Econ Department is hands down the people.

Favorite thing about your major: The are so many opportunities and paths you can take with a degree in agribusiness.

Favorite class: My favorite class has been AGEC 331. I really enjoyed the application concept in this sales class and being able to work with a sales coach to help you gain real world knowledge while also learning in the classroom. While I am not interested in sales, I believe sales concepts can be applied to almost anything!

Coolest project: The coolest project I have had the opportunity to work on would be in AGEC 331. I really enjoyed it from the start creating the customer profile to the end designing the visual aids to present during Ready, Set, Sell night.

Three biggest accomplishments:

  1. Serving as the President of Purdue Ag Week Taskforce.
  2. Being a part of Sigma Alpha's Executive Board.
  3. {Hopefully} graduating from one of the top colleges in the nation!

Things on your resume not listed above: While at school, I help to develop a large interactive agriculture education center at my fair in Hendricks County. Coming from a largely urban county, a lot of the fair attendance is driven by the carnival and food. This exhibit gives fair goers the opportunity to learn about food and agriculture in a fun and interactive way!

Three words to describe you:

  • Passionate
  • Dedicated
  • Creative

What are you passionate for: I am passionate about communication, engagement, and agriculture and how you can combine them together.

What intrigues you about the Ag industry: As the average consumer becomes more distant from the farm and we see more advancements and technologies being developed I want to use my skills to reduce the gap between the two.

What motivates you: My friends and family!

Favorite quote: "Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we're supposed to be and embracing who we are" – Brene Brown

Personal Motto: "Create a life you love"

Where do you want to end up: Indiana is full of great people, tradition, and family and that is where I want to be.

Advice for underclassman: Create opportunity for yourself, great things don't happen by chance. Apply to clubs and positions you're not sure if you're qualified for, push yourself outside of your comfort zone, introduce yourself to people you admire, and don't be afraid to say yes!

Biggest takeaway from Purdue: Being authentically yourself allows you to make larger impacts. 

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