Learned that collaboration and strategy between diverse people will make a difference and create solutions to move forward
Name: Lauren Schreck
Hometown: Fishers, Indiana
High school: Hamilton Southeastern High School
Major & Concentration: Double major in Agricultural Economics and Marketing through Krannert School of Management with a minor in Spanish
Why did you come to Purdue: Initially I didn't want to attend Purdue. I wanted to forge my own path away from what so many of my family members and my friends had done. But the people and the alumni network at Purdue are unmatched. Not only did I find that I could still forge my own path here, but the people here, from students to staff, are a family.
Favorite Purdue tradition: Basketball games in Mackey
Top three influences at Purdue:
- The Swain/ Myers family
- Borlaug Dialogues with the World Food Prize
- Dr. Chad Allred
Five words to describe Purdue:
Top five highlights of your career:
- Living and working in Washington D.C.
- Watching Purdue Men's Basketball beat IU in Mackey to become the Big Ten Champions
- Serving as part of the Purdue Panhellenic Association Board of Directors while representing Kappa Delta
- Attending the World Food Prize Borlaug Dialogues
- Meeting the Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, at the USDA August Lockup
Something you wish you would have done at Purdue: studied abroad
Places you have been as a Purdue student:
- Moline, IL as an intern for John Deere
- Indianapolis, IN as an intern for Indiana Farm Bureau, Inc.
- Washington D.C., Alexandria VA, and Denver, CO as part of the College of Ag Public Policy Intern Program with the American Seed Trade Association
- Des Moines, IA for the Borlaug Dialogues for the World Food Prize
- Chicago, IL with Kappa Delta Sorority
Favorite club/organization: Purdue Panhellenic Association
Favorite Student-led event/initiative: Ag Week. There is no other college or group that brings together so many clubs and engages students from across campus like Ag Week does.
Favorite Purdue event: Grand Prix
Favorite place to study: the Krannert Drawing Room
Over your career where were you most likely to be found on campus: Purdue Memorial Union, at a table right outside of Starbucks
Favorite spot on campus: The Purdue tunnels
Favorite thing about CoA: The opportunities to be involved and learn through so many clubs, internships, and experiences.
Favorite thing about AGEC: The advisors. I truly would not have made it through my college career without LeeAnn Williams and her endless knowledge and willingness to help students in every way possible.
Favorite thing about your major: The alumni network
Favorite class: SPAN 415 – Translation and Interpretation with Cecilia Tenorio
Favorite professor: Dr. Scott Downey
Coolest project: Working with students at an alternative high school in Davenport, IA as part of my internship with John Deere to develop best practices for their 1-acre organic farm at the school and deliver the food grown to families of the school in need.
Three biggest accomplishments:
- Presenting at two of the largest seed industry conferences in the US, in Denver and Chicago
- Starting the first annual philanthropy with Future Greek Leaders to benefit Circle of Sisterhood
- Completing 9 years of Spanish for my minor.
Things on your resume not listed above: I work as a campus liaison for Rat Pak Mobile DJs, a local DJ, venue, and speaker business in Lafayette.
Three words to describe you:
What are you passionate for: Art. I love to paint and draw when I have the time, but I could also spend hours in an art museum just wandering around and taking everything in.
What intrigues you about the Ag industry: How quickly it continues to grow, and how average consumers are beginning to interact more directly with it.
What motivates you: The people around me.
Favorite quote: The beauty of life does not depend on how happy you are, but how happy others can be because of you.
Personal Motto: I'll sleep when I'm dead.
Where do you want to end up: Working at a state level to bring international business and connections to the Midwest.
Advice for underclassman: Be a Yes Man. Take advantage of as much as you can while you have the opportunity, because Purdue, and most companies in general, have countless opportunities for students to grow.
Biggest takeaway from Purdue: It takes collaboration and strategy between a broad array of people to truly make a difference and create solutions moving forward. But most importantly, I know I will always have a home here at Purdue.