Purdue experience that was life changing; motivated by doing something that has never been done before

Name: Jarrett Burroughs

Hometown: Brookston, IN

High school: Frontier Jr./Sr. High School

Major & Concentration: Sales and Marketing

Why did you come to Purdue: I chose to come to Purdue because it was in my "backyard" growing up all my life. I attended a lot of sporting events with my family and friends when I was young and by attending those sporting events, I loved everything Purdue represented. My mom also went to Purdue, so I'd be a 2nd Generation Boilermaker. I also knew that coming to Purdue would present me with opportunities and experiences that I would never forget. I actually never took a college visit during high school because I knew my heart was set on Purdue.

Favorite Purdue tradition: Purdue Grand Prix/Attending Purdue Basketball games

Top three influences at Purdue:

  1. Experiencing many student organizations
  2. Dr. Scott Downey
  3. Meeting new people throughout the University – faculty, professors, students, etc.

Five words to describe Purdue:

  • Opportunity
  • Influencing
  • Impactful
  • Memorable
  • AWESOME!

Top five highlights of your career:

  1. Getting accepted to Purdue
  2. Joining Grand Prix & Ag Ambassadors
  3. Internship Opportunities
  4. Making and building new relationships
  5. Graduation in May

Something you wish you would have done at Purdue: Get involved with student organizations earlier and lived on campus all four years. I think if I did those two things, then I would've got more involved with Purdue.

Places you have been as a Purdue student:

  • 2 summers as a Benefits Intern at Wabash National
  • 1 summer at Dana Lafayette as a Marketing Intern
  • Spring Break Study Abroad in Costa Rica in the Spring of 2019

Have to redo college in a major not in Ag: Marketing in Krannert School of Management or some sort of writing/production in a theatre degree

Favorite club/organization: Purdue Grand Prix Foundation

Favorite Student-led event/initiative: The Grand Prix Race

Favorite Purdue event: Purdue Basketball Games, The Grand Prix Race

Favorite place to study: Krannert Drawing Room

Over your career where were you most likely to be found on campus: Stewart Center and/or Krannert

Favorite spot on campus: Mackey Arena


Favorite thing about CoA: The opportunities that it presented me with and the great faculty and people associated with it.

Favorite thing about AGEC: The courses and professors. Ag Econ gave me the opportunity to learn so many new aspects within a business setting, whether that was sales, marketing, finance, and/or business management. Through those courses in Ag Econ, I wouldn't have gotten to where I am if it wasn't for the Ag Econ professors and staff members.

Favorite thing about your major: The ability to work with other students in large or small groups for a class project. I enjoyed class projects throughout my time at Purdue because it introduced me to so many new students/people at Purdue and the ideas they had.

Favorite class: AGEC 330 & 431

Favorite professor: I have 2. The first one is Dr. Scott Downey and the other is Professor Tim Delworth

Coolest project: AGEC 331 Ready Set Sell Night

Three biggest accomplishments:

  1. Getting into Purdue
  2. Understanding my interests and building on my skills
  3. Graduating with a degree

Things on your resume not listed above: I had a chance to work in agriculture before I came to Purdue and before I graduated high school. I had a chance to work for a family owned hog farm and landscaping company. Through those experiences, I got to see what it is really like behind the scenes and understand the hard work and dedication that goes into aspects of agriculture. That then gave me a new viewpoint on agriculture.

Three words to describe you:

  • Dedicated
  • Passionate
  • Responsible

What are you passionate for: I am passionate about a lot of things! But if I had to pick something specific, I'd say I am most passionate for understanding and building relationships with people. I love being able to relate and talk to someone about anything. Not only am I building a relationship with that person, but they could also be teaching me new ways to see and think about aspects in life that I've never thought of before. That in turn, gives me a different viewpoint/perspective, which I really enjoy.

What intrigues you about the Ag industry: The most intriguing thing to me is that agriculture is everywhere, and people that aren't familiar with Ag don't realize or appreciate the impact it has on the world. For example, two years ago I had Thanksgiving with a bunch of my family members and my cousin turns to me and says, "So what even is agriculture? Are you just studying corn?" I then turned to him, looked at his plate and said, "See everything that you're eating? That is agriculture!" Even though that is a very simple example, I showed my cousin a new perspective and appreciation for agriculture that he did not have. Agriculture impacts the world every day and when you get to be a part of that experience, it is very satisfying and impactful.

What motivates you: The biggest thing that motivates me is doing things that have never been done before. When you do something that has never been done before, you get to make a difference in society and have the satisfaction of bringing in and implementing your ideas into a job, project, or whatever it may be.

Favorite quote: "If you are interested in what you do, that keeps you going!" – Stan Lee

Personal Motto: Maximum Effort!

Where do you want to end up: I have no preference where I want to end up after college. I thought I wanted to be close to home, but now I am looking for opportunities away from home. The short answer is, I haven't figured out where I want to end up yet. I think that will some with time once I begin to work.

Advice for underclassman: Make Purdue as big or as small as you want to make it! It may look like a big university, but it's up to you to make it as big as you want. I would begin to make relationships with everyone you can and get involved early.

Biggest takeaway from Purdue: The experiences, opportunities, and friendships! I have had many experiences, opportunities, and friendships throughout my time at Purdue. All three of those factors will be with me for the rest of my life and into my career. I cannot thank Purdue and the people I had a chance to work with enough for everything they have done for me. It truly was a life changing experience for me. 


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