Born to be a Boilermaker this perennial Dean’s Listor graduating in three years then off to Law School  

Amy Burbrink
Hometown: North Vernon, IN
High school: Jennings County HS
Major: Ag Sales and Marketing
Why did you come to Purdue:  #5 College of Ag in the World!.. Plus In-State Tuition
Coolest spot on campus:  Memorial Mall during Purdue Ag Week
Favorite spot in Lafayette: Downtown 
Favorite local eatery:  La Scala
Favorite Purdue tradition: the Grand Prix Race
Top three influences at Purdue 

  1. Dean Akridge:  Dean Akridge has an incredible talent for motivating the students, faculty, and staff of the College, and I hope that I will be able to follow his example of humble leadership through my future career.
  2. Undergraduate Research
  3. Motivation to increase the efficiency of farms and agribusinesses

Five words to describe Purdue:  Excellence, Innovative, Legacy, Leading, Foundational
Favorite involvement at Purdue: Purdue Foundation Student Board & in CoA: Purdue Ag Week
Top five highlights of your career:

  1. Getting Accepted to Law School
  2. Interning at Dow AgroSciences
  3. Making Lifetime Friends
  4. Dining at Westwood
  5. Maymester in Washington, D.C. 

Something you wish you would have done at Purdue:  Fountain Run
Places you have been as a Purdue student:  Italy Spring Break 2016, 14 States in 12 Weeks as an Intern with Dow AgroSciences, National FFA New Century Farmer Conference in Nashville, TN with Indiana Farm Bureau, Washington, D.C.
Favorite Company you interned for: Dow AgroSciences
Beef, Pork, Chicken, Seafood:  Turkey!  I worked for the Indiana State Poultry Association during the Summer of 2014 and spent my time giving cooking demonstrations and nutrition presentations for the Turkey Market Development Council.  
John Deere, Case, New Holland, Caterpillar:  My family runs 4 John Deere Tractors and 1 Case Tractor and a Case Combine.  
Ford, Chevy, Dodge, Toyota:  Chevy
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall:  Summer!! 
Planting, Growing, Harvest:  Harvest!  
Baby, Weaned, Market, Reproducing:  Baby! Baby goat kids are my favorite!
Where would you have gone to school if you couldn’t chose Purdue:  Purdue is the only place I applied.  I was ready to be a Boilermaker!
Have to redo college in a major not in Ag:  Communication focused on Public Relations
Favorite club/organization:  Collegiate Farm Bureau
Favorite Student-led event/initiative: Ag Week
Favorite Purdue event:  Grand Prix or Springfest
Favorite dining court:  Windsor
Favorite place to study:  Krannert 2nd Floor overlooking the Union
Over your career where were you most likely to be found on campus:  Krannert or AGAD
Favorite spot on campus:  Memorial Mall
Favorite thing about CoA:  The College's commitment to finding success collectively.
Favorite thing about AGEC:  The drive of undergraduate students.
Favorite thing about your major:  The study of buyer behavior
Favorite class:  AGEC 430
Favorite professor:  Dr. Alan Gray and Dr. Michael Gunderson
Coolest project:  Fundraising for the United Way of Greater Lafayette in AGEC 431
Biggest three accomplishments:  Law School, Graduating in 3 years, Dean's List Every Semester
Things on your resume not listed above:  2015 Grand Prix Ambassador
Three words to describe you:  Dedicated, Ambitious, Loyal
What are you passionate for:  Helping farms and agribusinesses operate as efficiently, sustainably, and profitably as possible
What intrigues you about the Ag industry:  The tradition of family farms
What motivates you:  My family and friends
Favorite quote: "Not all of us can do great things, but we can all do small things with great love," Mother Teresa.
Personal Motto:  Expect Excellence
Accepted employment:  Sustainability Internship at Dow AgroSciences, Student at Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis Fall 2016
Where do you want to end up:  My goal is to work in regulatory affairs for crop protection chemical and biotechnology products.
Advice for underclassman:  Go to class and do your homework.  If you fulfill your basic responsibilities then everything else will fall into place.  
Biggest takeaway from Purdue:  Don't be afraid to ask for help.  Purdue has given me a diverse network of industry professionals who are passionate about helping others advance the work of modern agriculture.

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