Senior Jarrett Fischer has no regrets, taking advantage of the many opportunities at Purdue including being a Boilermaker Special Pilot, Drum Crew in Marching Band, and much more! 

Jarrett Fischer

Hometown: Cory, IN

Highschool: Clay City High School

Major: Farm Management

Why did you come to Purdue: I chose Purdue because, after college I want to return home to work on our family farm and Purdue has one of the best colleges of agriculture in the nation. Purdue basketball also made it a pretty easy decision for me.

Five words to describe Purdue:

  • Grit
  • Exciting
  • Proud
  • Challenging
  • Options

Top five highlights of your career: 

  1. Becoming the 34th pilot of the Boilermaker Special VII 
  2. Making the World's Largest Drum Crew in the All American Marching Band
  3. Studying Abroad in Costa Rica was also an unforgettable experience that I would recommend to anyone that gets the chance
  4. Competing in powerlifting competitions with the Purdue Barbell Club
  5. Waterskiing competition I competed in with the Purdue Waterskiing Club freshman year

Something you wish you would have done at Purdue: Honestly, I don't really have any regrets. I have been very active throughout my time at Purdue and tried just about everything that looks like something I might enjoy. If I had to pick something it would be to join the Marching Band my Freshman year instead of waiting till I was a Junior but, then I would have missed out on some of my other experiences.

Places you have been with as a Purdue student. 

  • I've been very fortunate to travel a lot throughout my time with Purdue with my various clubs. I've been to Iowa, Illinois, Penn State, MSU, IU, Northwestern, Wisconsin, and Tennessee for football games from my time in the Reamer Club and Band. 
  • A couple of my favorite trips was going out to Colorado snowboarding with the ski club. 
  • I also spent my Spring Break in Costa Rica for my Study Abroad sophomore year.

Have to redo college in a major not in Ag: If I had to pick a major outside of Ag I would be very torn between professional flight and business. If I had to pick one though I would probably choose professional flight though.


Favorite club/organization: Reamer Club and All American Marching Band

Favorite Student-led event/initiative: Relay for Life

Favorite Purdue event: Purdue beating OSU football.

Favorite place to study: Reamer Club office.

Over your career where are you most likely to be found on campus: The CoRec

Favorite Spot on campus: The CoRec – I still can't believe how nice that gym is.

Favorite thing about the CoA: I really like how passionate most of my CoA professors are when it comes to teaching and agriculture, most of them do a very good job at keeping the lectures interesting.

Favorite thing about AGEC: I love how practical all of my AGEC classes have been. These classes are really easy for me to stay focused in because I can see the real world applications compared to some of my other classes.

Favorite thing about your major. I love how tailored Farm Management is to my future career path because, once I graduate I want to continue working on my farm. I think that Farm Management hits a really good balance between business and agronomy classes.

Favorite class: PES 115 – Bowling. The professor is really good and it's a lot of fun to take a bowling class with some friends each semester.

Favorite professor: Dr. Schweitzer

Coolest project: This would have to be helping design and develop a specialized bench press/exercise machine that focuses on eccentric motion with my group in one of my entrepreneurship classes. Some of my group members are still pursuing it and have taken it to the Purdue Foundry in the hopes of starting their own start up.

Three biggest accomplishments: 

  1. Pilot of the Boilermaker Special 
  2. Member of the World's Largest Drum Crew
  3. Passing STAT 301.

Three words to describe you: 

  • Extroverted
  • Optimistic
  • Ambitious

What are you passionate for: agriculture and powerlifting.

What intrigues you about the Ag industry: I really enjoy the economics side of agriculture.

What motivates you: Working towards your goals and seeing continuous improvement. This is the main reasons I enjoy powerlifting.

Favorite quote: A negative mind will never give you a positive life.

Personal Motto: Don't be busy, be productive.

Where do you want to end up: Back in Cory, IN working on our farm.

Advice for underclassman: Purdue has a ton of opportunities for getting involved with just anything you can imagine. The best decision I made as a freshman was to get out of my comfort zone and try everything I thought I may be interested in from Rugby to Reamers. Then as time goes on drop what you aren't enjoying and try new things. This led me to Join the World's Largest Drum Crew in the Purdue Marching Band as a Junior in college despite never playing an instrument my entire life.

Biggest takeaway from Purdue: I've had many ups and downs at Purdue but it really is what you make out of it, if you come with a positive attitude and open to Purdue's many opportunities these can be some of the best years of your life. On the flip side if you are negative and determined to have a bad experience you often find what you seek.

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