Make the most of your every day and always strive to help others

Name: Thomas Letsinger

Hometown: Tipton, Indiana

High school: Tipton High School 

Majors & Concentration: Double major in Agribusiness Marketing & Agricultural Communications

Why did you come to Purdue: The reputation of the College of Agriculture attracted me to Purdue. Both of my sisters came here and I became familiar with the program as they went through school.

Favorite Purdue tradition: Hail, Purdue!

Top three influences at Purdue:

  1. Purdue Foundation Student Board (PFSB)
  2. Purdue Grand Prix Foundation
  3. Brent Bible – Leader, mentor, advisor, farmer & philanthropist

Five words to describe Purdue:

  • Legacy
  • Foundational
  • Innovative
  • Tradition
  • Flagship

Top five highlights of your career

  1. Being a member of PFSB – an organization who assisted in raising $2.529 Billion in private-giving over the span of the Ever True Campaign.
  2. Meeting 14 astronauts and spend the weekend with them during homecoming
  3. Serving two terms as Race Director on Purdue Grand Prix Foundation Senior Board
  4. Serving as Director of Recruitment on FarmHouse Fraternity's Executive Board
  5. Meeting lifelong best friends

Something you wish you would have done at Purdue: I wish I went to more football and basketball games. I went to several but not as many as I wish I could have.

Places you have been as a Purdue student:

  • College of Agriculture Study Abroad: Parma, Florence & Rome, Italy; The Vatican
  • FarmHouse Leadership Institute: Kansas City, Missouri
  • FLM Harvest Internship: Minneapolis, Minnesota & Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Nutrien Ag Solutions Internship: Battleground, Indiana
  • 13th Annual Boilermaker Ball- Indianapolis, Indiana
  • President's Council Naples Weekend- Naples, Florida

Have to redo college in a major not in Ag: US History, specifically World War II era.

Favorite club/organization: The Purdue Grand Prix Foundation

Favorite Student-led event/initiative: The Purdue Grand Prix

Favorite Purdue event: The Purdue Grand Prix

Favorite place to study: Krach Leadership Center  

Over your career where were you most likely to be found on campus: The Grand Prix Office

Favorite spot on campus: Elliott Hall

Favorite thing about CoA: The College of Ag is so large but yet everyone knows each other, and it makes the college seem so much smaller.

Favorite thing about AGEC: The AGEC department has so many distinguished and experienced faculty that are guiding the program in the right direction.   

Favorite thing about your major: The favorite thing about my majors is the diversity within them and how far the degrees can reach within the ag industry and others as well.

Favorite professor: Keith Molter, CSR 282

Coolest project: Ag Marketing capstone, AGEC 427

Three biggest accomplishments

  1. Being able to be a Race Director for Grand Prix for two terms
  2. Serving as Director of Recruitment for FarmHouse
  3. (Hopefully) Graduating with two degrees in fields that I am passionate about

Things on your resume not listed above: I am also involved in Be the Match, a bone marrow registry that helps those in need of a bone marrow transplant.

Three words to describe you:

  • Hard-working
  • Passionate
  • Committed

What are you passionate for: I am passionate about doing as much as I can to help others. I want to make a positive difference in other people's lives and leave wherever I go better than how it was before.  

What intrigues you about the Ag industry: The ag industry is so diverse and becoming more technological each year. It is exciting to see this development in the industry and I feel Purdue as prepared me to excel once I graduate

What motivates you: Being able to help others every day in some way motivates me to be the best I can be. 

Favorite quote: "If you want something you've never had, you'll have to do something you've never done." 

Personal Motto: Be the best you can be for the benefit of others

Post-graduation employment: Account Coordinator at Woodruff Marketing Agency in Kansas City, Missouri

Advice for underclassman: Get involved as much as you can. Involve yourself inside and outside of the College of Ag as much as you can. You get so much experience being active in organizations and you can meet so many people. 

Biggest takeaway from Purdue: When an opportunity presents itself, take it. Purdue has endless opportunities for its students to get involved and to get experience. Taking on those opportunities pays multitudes. Appreciate your time here and make the most of it. 

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