Stepped out of comfort zone and rewarded with earning dream job to start off career

Name: Peyton Keller

Hometown: Lebanon, IN

High school: Lebanon High School

Major & Concentration: Agricultural Sales and Marketing with minors in Crop Science and Communications

Why did you come to Purdue: I wanted to pursue an agriculture career and Purdue is one of the top schools. I am also a third-generation student and I have been coming to Purdue for games and FFA since I was a kid.

Top three influences at Purdue:

  1. My house, Shoemaker Cooperative, was a major influence on my time at Purdue.
  2. Katie Barnett was my first internship boss and she helped me see the benefits in communications that led to my second minor.
  3. Ryan Musselman, my academic advisor, who helped me pick classes and extra curriculars. His class was also very beneficial for me since I do not come from an agriculture background. He helped me learn more about the industry and what options I have in my future.

Five words to describe Purdue:

  • Exciting
  • Prestigious
  • Stressful
  • Traditional
  • Memorable

Top five highlights of your career

  1. Making dean's list the majority of my semesters
  2. Positions held within Shoemaker
  3. Internships I have held with IN Wines, Corteva and BASF
  4. Creating friendships with my peers
  5. Receiving scholarships

Something you wish you would have done at Purdue: Joined a club and stayed in it. I joined multiple clubs my freshmen year and by junior year I had left them.

Places you have been as a Purdue student:

  • Study Abroad in Spain
  • Internship with Indiana Wines all around the state
  • Internship with Corteva Agrisciences in Philadelphia, PA
  • Internship with BASF in the Midwest
  • NAMA conference in Dallas

Have to redo college in a major not in Ag: Criminology

Favorite club/organization: NAMA – National Agri-Marketing Association

Favorite Student-led event/initiative: Grand Prix

Favorite Purdue event: Going to basketball games

Favorite place to study: Krannert Drawing Room

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

Favorite thing about CoA: Support from professors and peers and the networking opportunities

Favorite thing about AGEC: Professors build relationships with their students and create a bond

Favorite thing about your major: Getting to work with professors closely on projects.

Favorite class: Weed Science with Bryan Young because I have directly used what I learned in that class in my internships.

Favorite professor: Scott Downey or Amy Cochran

Coolest project: The weed science weed binder

Three biggest accomplishments

  1. Getting my dream job
  2. Making an impact in my house on campus
  3. Creating a successful future for my fiancé and I

Things on your resume not listed above

  • AGEC 330 TA
  • I am QPR certified (suicide prevention) which is beneficial living in a house on campus.
  • I am also AED/First Aid/CPR certified.

Three words to describe you

  1. Outgoing
  2. Competitive
  3. Energetic

What are you passionate for: Providing Ag industry knowledge to those who don't know

What intrigues you about the Ag industry: It impacts everyone, but people know so little about agriculture

What motivates you: Making my parents and fiancé proud

Favorite quote: "Do not pitty the dead, pitty the living and above all those who live without love"

Personal Motto: Enjoy the little things


Accepted employment: Corteva Agrisciences as an Assistant Territory Manager – location TBD until late-March

Where do you want to end up: The South, like Texas or Louisiana.

Advice for underclassman: Everyone is outside their comfort zone in the beginning, you're not alone. Try new things and meet new people, college is too short to worry about what other people think. Do what makes you happy.

Biggest takeaway from Purdue: Purdue might feel like just another state college to us since most of us are from Indiana but to everyone else Purdue is a big deal and a degree from here will get you far. Purdue truly does create successful individuals and I am excited to prove to others I am a Purdue alum.

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