Trenton Howard reflects on his Purdue career and shares his passion for service

Trenton Howard

Hometown: Logansport, IN

High school: Caston High School

Major & Concentration: Agribusiness Management & Agricultural Systems Management 

Why did you come to Purdue: I chose Purdue for their exceptional Collee of Agriculture and their prestigious Army ROTC program

Favorite Purdue tradition: My favorite tradition is Ag Week. I think the event is very well put together and provides the rest of the campus an opportunity to learn more about the agricultural industry.

Top three influences at Purdue

  1. Dane Chapman (AGEC Class of 2020)
  2. Zeb Davis (AGEC Class of 2020)
  3. The thousands of individuals that have become extremely successful following their graduation from Purdue 

Five words to describe Purdue

  • Limitless
  • Challenging
  • Unique
  • Diverse
  • Opportunistic 

Top highlights of your career

  1. People I've met
  2. Areas of personal growth
  3. Networking

Something you wish you would have done at Purdue: The only thing I wish I would have done is to get involved sooner. 

Places you have been as a Purdue student

  • Through internships I have been to Iowa, Illinois, and Nebraska. 
  • Conferences have taken me to Missouri, New York, and California.

Have to redo college in a major not in Ag: Finance or Business Management through Krannert


Favorite club/organization: Army ROTC and Mortar Board

Favorite Student-led event/initiative: Why Give through Purdue Foundation Student Board

Favorite Purdue event: My favorite event is Annual Dinner. I enjoy seeing some of the decision makers for Purdue congregate in one setting and having the opportunity to interact with them.

Favorite place to study: My favorite place is the drawing room in Krannert 

Over your career where were you most likely to be found on campus: Krannert Drawing room or the library in WALC.

Favorite spot on campus: Memorial Mall

Favorite thing about CoA: The opportunities and possibilities while also pursuing an exceptional education.  


Favorite thing about AGEC: The community and family feel

Favorite thing about your major: The people 

Favorite class: AGEC 424

Favorite professor: Dr. Baker

Three biggest accomplishments

  1. Mortar Board
  2. ROTC Scholarship
  3. Being admitted to Purdue (and hopefully graduation soon)

Things on your resume not listed above: FarmHouse Fraternity

Three words to describe you

  • Driven
  • Active
  • Passionate

What are you passionate for: Bettering others and growing as a professional along with an individual

What intrigues you about the Ag industry: Everyone relies on it

What motivates you: Complacency

Favorite quote: "Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing," Benjamin Franklin

Personal Motto: "You get better or worse everyday, never staying the same. How will you improve today?"

Accepted employment:  U.S. Army Active Duty  

Where do you want to end up: Cass County, Indiana

Advice for underclassman: Get involved and follow your passions

Biggest takeaway from Purdue: If you can think of it, you can do it with hard work 


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