Boiler for life recommends stepping out of comfort zone while following your passion

Zachary Goebel

High school: North Posey High School

Hometown: Poseyville, IN

Major & Concentration: Double major in Agriculture Economics with Commodity Marketing concentration and Agronomy with a Crop and Soil Science concentration

Why did you come to Purdue: I came to Purdue, because I always loved Purdue, and wanted to attend a prestigious agriculture school.

Favorite Purdue tradition: Lottery days for seating at Men's Basketball games  

Top three influences at Purdue

  1. Intramural Program
  2. Academic Advisors in AGEC
  3. Numerous course instructors

Five words to describe Purdue

  • Tradition
  • Prestige
  • Innovation
  • Excitement
  • Fun

Top five highlights of your career:

  1. Internship with Beck's the summer after freshmen year
  2. Internship with Bayer Crop Science in Constantine, MI the summer after sophomore year
  3. Internship with Bayer the summer after junior year
  4. Chosen as an Intramural Supervisor
  5. Selected as an officer in Collegiate Farm Bureau.

Something you wish you would have done at Purdue: Gotten more actively involved in more clubs.

Places you have been as a Purdue student : Washington D.C. for the Crop- Lock-in with Secretary Perdue.

Have to redo college in a major not in Ag: Political Science

Favorite club/organization: Collegiate Farm Bureau

Favorite Student-led event/initiative: Paint Crew

Favorite Purdue event: Ag Week

Favorite place to study: Wilmeth Active Learning Center (WALC)

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

Favorite spot on campus: WALC

Favorite thing about CoA: Career Fair and career opportunities 

Favorite thing about AGEC: Academic advisors 

Favorite thing about your major: Variety of classes

Favorite class: AGEC 250 - World Foods and Resources

Favorite professor: Lee Schweitzer

Three biggest accomplishments

  1. Dean's List
  2. Three successful internships
  3. Officer in Collegiate Farm Bureau

Three words to describe you

  • Passionate
  • Competitive
  • Determined

What are you passionate for: Sports and advocating for agriculture

What intrigues you about the Ag industry: The always changing innovations

What motivates you: My future interests

Favorite quote: "Life's a dance, you learn as you go."

Where do you want to end up: Production Seed in an agriculture company

Advice for underclassman: Take advantage of opportunities even if it is out of your comfort zone 

Biggest takeaway from Purdue: There is very many opportunities in the world and the field of agriculture. 

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