Appreciated different paths students take; encourages students not to compare, instead find a mentor and best friends

Name: Kendell Combs

Hometown: Modoc, IN

High school: Hagerstown Jr. Sr. High School

Major & Concentration: Double major in Agribusiness Management & Agricultural Communication

Why did you come to Purdue: I came to Purdue because I did not have a deep background in agriculture and I knew I wanted to position myself at a prestigious university with a top-notch agricultural economics department.

Favorite Purdue tradition: Going on a den pop run!

Top three influences at Purdue:

  1. College of Agriculture Office of Academic Programs – I have been surrounded by faculty and staff who have supported me and provided me with a wonderful work environment for 4 semesters.
  2. Ann Tweedale Cooperative – Since freshman year, I have gained nearly 70 sisters and a home away from home.
  3. My advisors – Ryan Musselman and Dr. Tucker

Five words to describe Purdue:

  • Growth
  • Pride
  • Rewarding
  • Memorable
  • Family

Top five highlights of your career

  1. Agricultural Council Secretary
  2. Writing student success stories for the AGEC department
  3. Life-long friends who will stand next to me on my wedding day
  4. Supporting Dr. Fernandez and OAP as a student assistant
  5. Meeting with President Daniels at Ann Tweedale Cooperative

Something you wish you would have done at Purdue: I wish I had gone to more athletic events.

Places you have been as a Purdue student: Covered Indiana and Ohio as a WinField United Indiana Technical Seed Manager intern

Have to redo college in a major not in Ag: Orthopedic Surgeon

Favorite club/organization: Purdue Agricultural Council

Favorite Student-led event/initiative: Moonlight Pancake Breakfast

Favorite Purdue event: Ag Week

Favorite place to study: Early mornings at my desk with a cup of coffee

Over your career where were you most likely to be found on campus: Agricultural Administration Office of Academic Programs

Favorite spot on campus: Purdue Memorial Union

Favorite thing about CoA: The College is the perfect platform to unite individuals of all backgrounds to build one brick higher professionally and personally.

Favorite thing about AGEC: I appreciate how invested each advisor is in assisting students as they navigate through their time at Purdue and once they graduate.

Favorite thing about your major: I love how there are hardly any limitations to what I can do with my degree.

Favorite class: AGEC 331 – It made me realize that I actually do enjoy sales!

Favorite professor: Dr. Timothy Baker

Coolest project: Writing a story for the Indiana Prairie Farmer

Three biggest accomplishments

  1. Graduating with a dual degree in 3.5 years
  2. Serving as Ann Tweedale Cooperative's chaplain leading Bible study each week
  3. Ag Econ Envoy – I have appreciated the chance to create relationships with advisors and fellow students while also encouraging prospect students to join our amazing department.

Things on your resume not listed above

  • Purdue Cooperative Council Executive Director of Risk
  • Purdue Extension Wayne County Intern
  • Harvest Land Cooperative Field Tech

Three words to describe you

  • Intentional
  • Passionate
  • Driven

What are you passionate for: Being kind to others. You never know what someone is going through or if you are the only person that individual talks to for that day or even week, so giving a smile and short conversation could make the world of difference.

What intrigues you about the Ag industry: With there are so many overlaps of the sectors within the industry, I believe that is encouraging knowing there are endless opportunities to find where you can make an impact with your passions.

What motivates you: Family, faith, and being a light to others.

Favorite quote: "Start each day with a grateful heart."

Personal Motto: "It's okay to not have everything be perfect."

Where do you want to end up: Married to my fiancé in April 2020, finding a career where I can combine my passions for agriculture and people, and ultimately moving close to family after some time away.

Advice for underclassman: Do not get caught up in the rush to compare yourself to others. We are all on different paths and it is okay if yours does not look like the person next to you.

Biggest takeaway from Purdue: Everyone in the College of Agriculture wants to help you succeed at Purdue. Do not be afraid to reach out for help and find someone to mentor you through this stage of your life.


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