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:
- Dr. Downey
- Snyder lectures
- Ag Econ courses
Five words to describe Purdue:
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:
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