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Name: Samantha Klemme 

Hometown: Otterbein, Indiana 

High school: Benton Central 

Major & Concentration: Sales and Marketing with a minor in Farm Managment 

Why did you come to Purdue: I was looking for a college that would support my professional growth in the agriculture field. 

Favorite Purdue tradition: Although I have many favorite Purdue traditions, my favorite is riding on the Boilermaker Special. Every time I ride the Boilermaker Special it makes me feel like a proud Boilermaker!

Top three influences at Purdue:

  1. The top experience that has shaped my time at Purdue is being apart of Sigma Alpha Sorority. This has helped me build a network of friends and alumni.
  2. My favorite experience that built my knowledge was Issues 360. I was encouraged to dive deeper into the problems that are facing the agriculture industry.
  3. At graduation I will be receiving a certificate in entrepreneurship. This experience expanded the way I think about problem solving. 

Five words to describe Purdue


Top five highlights of your career:

  1. President of Sigma Alpha
  2. Agriculture Envoy
  3. Vice President of National Agri Marketing Association
  4. Director of Engagement and Innovation for Purdue Student Government
  5. Purdue Collegiate FFA officer 

Something you wish you would have done at Purdue: NO REGRETS 

Places you have been as a Purdue student:

  • Purdue has taken me places that I could not even imagine
  • I have been to seven different countries with a mission trip and study abroad
  • I have also attended conferences in multiple states including Agriculture Futures of America and National Agri Marketing Association
  • This past summer I had the opportunity to intern with John Deere that gave me the ability to travel to over half the United States. 

Have to redo college in a major not in Ag: As an extrovert, I would choose Hospitality, Tourism and Management as a different major. 

Favorite club/organization: Sigma Alpha a professional agriculture sorority for giving me over 100 different sisters during my time at Purdue. 

Favorite Student-led event/initiative: My time on student government we where heavily involved in getting a Chick-Fil-A on campus.  

Favorite Purdue event: I love attending Purdue mens basketball games. The atmosphere of Mackey gets me excited to call this campus my home. 

Favorite place to study: I love studying in the Ag Administration Building, because you can reserve a room for groups and meetings. There is also always a friendly face. I may have done more talking than studying now that I think about it. 

Over your career where were you most likely to be found on campus: At the OLD Den getting a pop before class. I have my own secret recipe. I mix 2/3 pink lemonade and 1/3 pomegranate vitamin water and it taste exactly like bubble gum.  

Favorite spot on campus: I love sitting by the bell tower outside of WALC. When I look up at the tower it makes me a proud boilermaker. 

Favorite thing about CoA: The college of ag is like a large family on campus. I can always count on running into a friend on my way to class. 

Favorite thing about AGEC: My favorite part of being an AGEC student is my advisors are always there to support me. My advisors have supported me through being a Pathway to Purdue student to choosing a full time career. 

Favorite thing about your major: I am able to see how agriculture businesses run then apply the knowledge in a sales and markting role. 

Favorite class: AGEC 331 thought me how to become a better sales woman at my part time job at a John Deere dealer. 

Favorite professor: Dr. Tim Baker is my favorite, because he would take time after class to give me advise on money management. The advise actually worked! 

Three biggest accomplishments:

  1. President of Sigma Alpha where I was able to lead 20 different officer positions with 80 members
  2. Semi Finalist at National Agri-Marketing Competition that I was on the presentation team that was recognized nationally
  3. Working a part time job to graduate debt free 

Things on your resume not listed above: I have attended three different mission trips with St. Tomas Church on campus. Jonestown, Mississippi; Pensacola, Florida; and Cuba 

Three words to describe you:

  • Loyal
  • Hardworking
  • Friendly 

What are you passionate for: I love to help anyone and everyone. The smallest act of kindness can truly make an impact on someone life. 

What intrigues you about the Ag industry: There is a broad range of jobs that most people do not see from the outside. 

What motivates you: I want to be a role model and mentor for younger generations in the agriculture field. I hope to be a leader who inspires others to live.

Favorite quote: Be someone who makes everybody feel like a somebody 

Personal Motto: Impossible is just an opinion 

Accepted employment: I will be working for Bane-Welker Equipment as a Retail Sales Development Specialist working with human resources and training across the thirteen Bane-Welker locations. 

Where do you want to end up: I want to be a leader in the agriculture industry who is respected for leaving a lasting impact. 

Advice for underclassman: Everyday is a new opportunity so stop at nothing to be successful. 

Biggest takeaway from Purdue: The resources are out there to be successful in everything you do. The more you have to dig for the resources the greater the reward is when you have completed. 

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