Fourth generation Boilermaker used leadership skills gained in Greek life to connect Agriculture to the medical industry

Name: Matthew Jaeger

Hometown: Kokomo, IN

High school: Northwestern High School

Major & Concentration: Agricultural Sales and Marketing with a minor in Biotechnology

Why did you come to Purdue: I am a fourth generation Boilermaker, so I was brought up favoring Purdue. The university exceeded my expectations in every way. I came here to find opportunities to aid in my personal growth and excel in a sales program.

Favorite Purdue tradition: Old Oaken Bucket Game

Top three influences at Purdue:

  1. Brent Bible – FarmHouse Chapter Advisor
  2. Greek Life
  3. Brandon Cutler – Fraternity, Sorority, Cooperative Life (FSCL) Director

Five words to describe Purdue:

  • Amazing
  • Inspiring
  • Challenging
  • Opportunistic
  • Supportive


Top five highlights of your career:

  1. Getting a bid from FarmHouse Fraternity
  2. Joining IFC
  3. Dinner with Mitch Daniels
  4. Sledding on Slayter Hill
  5. Watching the Ohio State vs Purdue football game


Something you wish you would have done at Purdue: Gone to more Purdue baseball games

Places you have been as a Purdue student:

  • Farmhouse Leadership Institute in Kansas City Missouri
  • To Be and Become, a FarmHouse Freshmen Development Conference in Kansas City
  • Association of Fraternal Leadership & Values (AFLV), an IFC National Conference at JW Marriott in Indianapolis
  • Council officers and chapter President Leadership Advance (CPLA), a FSCL weekend conference at Camp Tecumseh
  • Abbott Nutrition internship in Columbus, Ohio
  • Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex Sales and Marketing Internship

Have to redo college in a major not in Ag: Biomedical Engineering

Favorite club/organization: FarmHouse Fraternity

Favorite Student-led event/initiative: Paint Crew

Favorite Purdue event: Grand Prix Week

Favorite place to study: Rawls

Over your career where were you most likely to be found on campus: The Co-Rec

Favorite spot on campus: Engineering Fountain

Favorite thing about CoA: Everyone knows everyone

Favorite thing about AGEC: People are always ready to help each other

Favorite thing about your major: I get to work with people who love building lasting relationships

Favorite class: AGEC 331

Favorite professor: Dr. Scott Downey

Coolest project: My junior year I had to isolate and amplify a virus known as a bacteriophage. The goal was to classify the identified phage and create a lysate in that could be shipped off to a research facility in hopes of finding medicinal properties for future use in healthcare.

Three biggest accomplishments:

  1. Becoming IFC VP of Risk Management
  2. Being hired for the #1 Medical Internship in the nation
  3. Working on an IFC executive board that won the NIC Council of Distinction Award (#1 IFC in the Nation)

Things on your resume not listed above: IFC Justice, Director of Risk Management for FarmHouse Fraternity, Ag Econ Envoy, Purdue Horizon tutor

Three words to describe you:

  • Loyal
  • Analytical
  • Organized

What are you passionate for: Making an impact one step at a time.

What intrigues you about the Ag industry: I like the science behind it. The agriculture industry has many areas of various research that impacts our lives every day.

What motivates you: To accomplish things others have not.

Favorite quote: "If you set your goals ridiculously high and it's a failure, you will fail above everyone else's successes." – James Cameron

Personal Motto: You will never be the smartest person in the room. Instead, be the most prepared.

Accepted employment: Currently reviewing offers at this point in time.

Where do you want to end up: I hope to have a career in medical device sales or obtaining my master's degree and moving into a Hospital Administration role working with physicians.

Advice for underclassman: Enjoy every minute during your time at Purdue

Biggest takeaway from Purdue: I was able to work with and meet more people than I could have ever imagined that I still speak to frequently.

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