Cherished relationships created at Purdue; ecstatic to enter ever-changing global Agriculture industry
Hometown: Rushville, Indiana
High school: Rushville Consolidated High School
Major & Concentration: Agribusiness Management
Why did you come to Purdue: I was born a Boilermaker! Both my parents and two of my brothers graduated from Purdue.
Favorite Purdue tradition: Den Pop runs with my friends after classes on Friday!
Top three influences at Purdue:
- AGEC Department
- Purdue Foundation Student Board
- Purdue Athletics
Five words to describe Purdue:
Top five highlights of your career:
- Packing over 150,000 meals for Hammer Down Hunger during Ag Week my sophomore year
- Rushing the field after the Ohio State game my sophomore year
- Purdue Men's basketball making it to the Elite 8 my sophomore year
- Hosting astronauts during Homecoming weekend my junior year
- Attending the Boilermaker Ball my junior year
Something you wish you would have done at Purdue: Study Abroad and not waiting till your junior/senior year because you never know what is going to happen i.e. global pandemics, etc.
Places you have been as a Purdue student: Spent majority of my time on campus!
Have to redo college in a major not in Ag: Human Resources through Krannert
Favorite club/organization: Purdue Foundation Student Board
Favorite Student-led event/initiative: Purdue Ag Week
Favorite Purdue event: Can I say all of them? Football games and the Rising Professionals program would be some of my favorite Purdue events!
Favorite place to study: Krannert Drawing Room
Over your career where were you most likely to be found on campus: Either outside running or in Krannert lobby
Favorite spot on campus: Memorial Mall—the center of all the hustle and bustle of campus!
Favorite thing about CoA: The people! CoA is my second family!
Favorite thing about AGEC: The support from the faculty and the push for me to grow as a student and young professional!
Favorite thing about your major: Beginning my freshman year, I wasn't sure what area of agriculture I wanted to pursue. However, my major allowed me to explore multiple career possibilities!
Favorite class: AGEC 430 (Agricultural and Food Business Strategy) — challenged me to think critically and develop skills necessary for my career path.
Favorite professor: I took AGEC 296 (360° Agribusiness Industry View) my freshman year led by Ryan Musselman and Dr. Mike Gunderson. Both were instrumental in my college career, so thank you Ryan and Dr. Gunderson!
Coolest project: My senior capstone in 430 where I was on a team of 4 tasked in developing and managing our own company within a competitive industry. We had to strategically make business decisions that resulted in our company performing well during the simulation!
Three biggest accomplishments:
- AGEC Outstanding Freshman
- and AGEC Outstanding Junior year
- Member of the Barbara Cook Chapter of Mortar Board.
Things on your resume not listed above: I was part of the Rising Professionals program my FR/SO year, officiated Intramural basketball, and was a teaching assistant for a few classes.
Three words to describe you:
What are you passionate for: I'm passionate about my faith, relationships, being a Boilermaker, and leaving a positive impact wherever life takes me!
What intrigues you about the Ag industry: Agriculture is an ever-changing industry that has a network that spans globally.
What motivates you: My family and friends pushing me to do my best in all that I do!
Favorite quote: "There is a little truth behind every just kidding" – Author Unknown
Personal Motto: I always try to be the best version of myself!
Where do you want to end up: Wherever life takes me! I would like to end up near my family (but not too close, LOL)
Advice for underclassman: Seize the day! Don't let academics consume you. It is the relationships you build and experiences you have that will matter more and bring value to whatever path you take next!
Biggest takeaway from Purdue: The relationships that I created here have been worthwhile to not only my professional development but personally as well. In only few short years, I was able to experience so many cool opportunities and gain life skills that will help jumpstart my career after Purdue.