Broad experiences gave well-rounded education leading to Law School

Dane Erickson

Hometown: Clarks Hill IN

High school: Lafayette Jefferson High School

Major & Concentration: Ag Econ with a concentration in Quantitative Analysis and double major with Political Science

Why did you come to Purdue: Purdue offered a high quality education in agriculture with an affordable cost of tuition.


Favorite Purdue tradition: The Ag Council Moonlight Pancake Breakfast

Top three influences at Purdue

  1. Dr. Carson Reeling and Dr. John Lee – I learned so much through doing research with both of these professors. They challenged me and helped me find something that I was passionate about. 
  2. The Cooperative Community – I've had a great experience living in Marwood Cooperative and have made a lot of friends through being involved in my house and in the greater Cooperative Community
  3. Amy Jones – Always a great friend and can brighten anyone's day. She is a great advisor to Marwood and the Ag Ambassador team!

Five words to describe Purdue

  • Rewarding
  • Educational
  • Affordable
  • Enjoyable
  • Quality

Top five highlights of your career

  1. Studying Abroad to Mexico
  2. Interning on Capitol Hill
  3. Being President of Marwood
  4. Being a part of Ag Council 
  5. Being an Ag Ambassador

Something you wish you would have done at Purdue: Taken more classes just to learn. 

Places you have been as a Purdue student

  • Queretaro, Mexico Queretaro, Mexico – Study abroad and Internship with the University's Robotic Dairy Farm
  • Washington D.C. – Internship on Capitol Hill
  • Kemmerer, Wyoming and Douglas, Wyoming – Conducted research on eagle predation on lambs, worked with government agencies to use the data we collected to acquire depredation permits and advocate for policies aimed at mitigating rancher/eagle conflict. 
  • Kansas City, MO – AFA 
  • Litchfield, IL – Interned with Hickory Grove Pork Farm on their breeding and production team.

Have to redo college in a major not in Ag: Pre-Law and Society 

Favorite club/organization: Marwood Cooperative

Favorite Student-led event/initiative: Being a part of planning and putting on the College of Ag's 1st Annual FryDay in 2019

Favorite Purdue event: College of Ag Ice cream social

Favorite place to study: The 3rd floor of HSSE

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

Favorite spot on campus: Ag Mall, when it's not under construction

Favorite thing about CoA: The great professors we have, they are always friendly and willing to engage with you or help you. 

Favorite thing about AGEC: All of the interesting people I have met in my major. 

Favorite thing about your major: Ag Econ is an incredibly broad and versatile major, since its students study all levels of food production, wildlife, business, and politics. Ag Econ never gets dull due in part to its broad scope, but also because of its ever-changing knowledge base. Our knowledge of the economy can change in real time and you get to see this reflected in your classes based on current events. 

Favorite class: POL 428 – Administrative Law

Favorite professor: Dr. Michael Wetzstein

Coolest project: I had the privilege of publishing a paper with Dr. Carson Reeling and Dr. John Lee in 2019 about the impact of the wildlife disease Chronic Wasting Disease on white-tailed deer in Wisconsin, and the effects that it has had on Wisconsin's economy. 

Three biggest accomplishments

  1. Being President of Marwood Cooperative
  2. Studying Abroad in Mexico
  3. Interning on Capitol Hill

Things on your resume not listed above

  • Co-host of the Purdue Ag Econ Podcast
  • Intern at the US House of Representatives, 2018
  • Animal Health Digest Publication Associate, Present
  • Intern at Tecnologico de Monterrey Research Farm, Queretaro, Mexico
  • Intern at Hickory Grove Pork Farm

Three words to describe you

  • Friendly
  • Honest 
  • Loyal

What are you passionate for: Agriculture, politics, geography, people

What intrigues you about the Ag industry: The diversity of ways in which people feed their friends, families, and countries around the world. The Ag Industry is a story of humanity's everyday survival. 

What motivates you: Helping people. 

Favorite quote: "Not only must we be good, but we must also be good for something" – Henry David Thoreau

Personal Motto: Hard work pays off

Post graduation plans: Law school – I'm applying now. 

Where do you want to end up: A nice mid-sized midwestern city

Advice for underclassman: Don't be afraid to go against the grain. Do what you find interesting instead of what everyone else is doing, you'll be more successful that way!

Biggest takeaway from Purdue: Make friends wherever you go and work hard at what you do.

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