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Chaela Minor

Hometown: Reelsville, Indiana

High school: Clay City Jr/Sr High School

Major & Concentration: Agribusiness Management & Agricultural Systems Management

Why did you to Purdue: I originally wanted to be different, and was planning to go to another university out of state. However, I got an in-state scholarship that brought me to Purdue; looking back, I know God knew what he was doing – I could not imagine being anywhere else but Purdue! The world-class education paired with the opportunities really helps to foster an environment of success for every student. 

Favorite Purdue tradition:  Fountain Runs! 

Top three influences at Purdue

  1. Studying abroad in Peru
  2. Apartment 8 come
  3. Involvement in student organizations

Five words to describe Purdue

  • Transformational
  • Innovative
  • Prestigious
  • Challenging
  • Empowering

Something you wish you would have done at Purdue: Gotten involved in student organizations that weren't directly tied to the College of Ag

Places you have been as a Purdue student

  • Study Abroad – Peru
  • Internships – Monsanto Company (Constantine, Michigan) and John Deere (Urbandale, Iowa and Waterloo, Iowa)
  • Student Orgs – AFA (Kansas City, MO, Raleigh, NC, San Antonio, TX, Anaheim, CA, San Francisco, CA, Minneapolis, MN); Sigma Alpha (St. Louis, MO)

Have to redo college in a major not in Ag: Marketing or Finance 

Favorite club/organization: Mortar Board

Favorite Student-led event/initiative: Ag Week

Favorite Purdue event: Grand Prix

Favorite place to study: Ag Administration Building

Over your career where were you most likely to be found on campus: Lilly or Krannert

Favorite spot on campus: Ross Ade

Favorite thing about CoA: The education is top notch, and the faculty and students are very friendly. I also always brushed off the "it's a family" idea, but the longer I am involved, the more obvious this becomes. Everyone in the CoA – faculty, staff, students – is very welcoming and a part of one large community.

Favorite thing about AGEC: The material is easily applied to your future career, so the learning is fun!

Favorite thing about your major: Since I am double majoring, I get the perfect combination of technical expertise as well as business management. ASM is #1 in the country, so I love being involved in such a prestigious program.  Likewise, the professors in Ag Econ are very well known and reputable. In both majors, the professors and staff are very friendly and prioritize the student's learning. 

Favorite class: ASM 422 or AGEC 424

Favorite professor: Dr. Evans (ASM) or Dr. Baker (Ag Econ)

Three biggest accomplishments

  1. Being tapped in Mortar Board
  2. Serving on the AFA Student Advisory Team
  3. Interning with Deere

Things on your resume not listed above: Interned with Monsanto Company (Summer 2018) and Purdue's Center for Food and Agricultural Business (2019-2020). On campus was Involved in Sigma Alpha, Ag Week Task Force, and an ABE Ambassador

Three words to describe you

  • Bold
  • Ambitious
  • Adventurous

What are you passionate for: Family & Friends. And for Agriculture – specifically the machinery & technology sector!

What intrigues you about the Ag industry: I am excited to see how technology plays a role in the future to overcome our food shortage, as we lose land and other resources.

What motivates you: I am a big sister to three siblings – Malerie (19), Emma (7) and Isaac (3).  I strive every day to be a good role model for them to look up to!  

Favorite quote: "Working hard for something we don't care about is called stress: Working hard for something we love is called passion." – Simon Sinek

Personal Motto: Wrap yourself in your purpose, not your position.

Accepted Employment: I have accepted a position with John Deere as a Customer and Product Support Representative.

Advice for underclassman: You can (and will) make money the rest of your life – take advantage of the opportunities Purdue gives you and enjoy the time with your friends while you can. 

Biggest takeaway from Purdue: We can always do things "better". Purdue taught me that innovation is key, and taught me how to seek out opportunities for continuous improvement – whether that be personally or in a position.  


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