Loves helping others do what they love and encourages students to participate in opportunities that add value

Name: Kenzie Kretzmeier

Hometown: Fowler, IN

High school: Benton Central Jr/Sr High School

Major & Concentration: Agricultural Economics

Why did you come to Purdue: I started at a junior college – Butler Community College in El Dorado, KS – on a full ride to judge livestock. After receiving my Associates Degree, I transferred into K-State. It never felt like home, however, so I applied to Purdue and will complete my Bachelors at the best university there is. I ultimately chose Purdue because of it's top-notch agriculture program; I felt like I would be surrounded by the best teachers, people, and academics here at Purdue.

Favorite Purdue tradition:  This is tough! I would say my favorite is every tradition that we have at Purdue basketball games, especially in the Paint Crew and our fight song in general. However, I also love spending the winter sledding on Slayter Hill.

Top three influences at Purdue:

  1. Dr. Downey
  2. Snyder lectures
  3. Ag Econ courses

Five words to describe Purdue:

  • Traditional
  • Family
  • Powerful
  • Enjoyable
  • One-of-a-kind

Something you wish you would have done at Purdue: I wish I would have studied abroad; that is one thing I feel as though I missed out on.

Places you have been as a Purdue student:

  • 2 internships in ag chemical
  • An internship in Philadelphia/Washington DC for government affairs with FMC
  • An internship in ag lending with Farm Credit Mid-America

Have to redo college in a major not in Ag: Selling and Sales Management

Favorite club/organization: Being a TA for AGEC 331

Favorite Student-led event/initiative: Purdue Grand Prix

Favorite Purdue event: Purdue Ag week

Favorite place to study: WALC or Krannert library

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

Favorite spot on campus: Memorial Mall

Favorite thing about CoA: It may be huge, but feels small-everybody knows everybody

Favorite thing about AGEC: I feel like I have been able to study several facets of agriculture through this degree. I didn't feel confined to one specific course of study.

Favorite thing about your major: I was able to study various courses: from sales to commodity marketing to international trade. I like that I had a lot of broad options.

Favorite class: Commodity Marketing, AGEC 321

Favorite professor: Dr. Downey

Coolest project: My capstone, AGEC 431, in which I was able to present at Cummins Headquarters in Indianapolis

Things on your resume not listed above:

  • I traveled Europe by myself for 2 weeks
  • I was awarded a free trip to Ireland for being a top 4 finalist in a National FFA Proficiency
  • I have done 4 short-term missions trips in Honduras
  • I am heavily Involved in my community and am part of a non-profit organization for special needs youth
  • I coach a high school livestock judging team

Three words to describe you:

  • Driven
  • Dedicated
  • Active

What are you passionate for: I am passionate for helping others do what they love.

What intrigues you about the Ag industry: No day is ever the same; I have always felt like there is a lot of tradition within the industry, yet we are ultra progressive in our technology. There is always something new and exciting to look forward to.

What motivates you: I am motivated by my goals and knowing that I have a chance to help someone every single day. I get to find creative ways to better people's lives.

Favorite quote: Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.- Charles Swindoll

Personal Motto: Constantly, consistently, continually

Accepted employment: Farm Credit Mid-America as a Financial Officer Trainee based out of Lafayette, IN

Where do you want to end up: I would love to eventually take over my family's farm in West Central Indiana and to be an entrepreneur, whether that means making a change to the family farm or creating a job separate from the farm. I have always been interested in residential real estate and can foresee myself doing that.

Advice for underclassman: Don't wish away college. Go on trips with friends, study abroad, go to conferences, accept opportunities that add value to your life!

Biggest takeaway from Purdue: Great friends and a better understanding of what I want to do in my professional career

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