Going back home & into insurance after getting a well-rounded experience during her at Purdue

Bridget Elston

Hometown: Madison, Indiana
High school: Madison Consolidated High School
Major & Concentration: Major: Agribusiness Management with a minor in Organizational Leadership & Supervision and a certificate in Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Why did you come to Purdue: I knew I wanted to come to Purdue once I stepped on campus for the first few times in High School for 4-H and FFA events. I knew Purdue's distinguished College of Agriculture was the best and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to be a Boilermaker.
Coolest spot on campus: Mackey Arena
Favorite spot in Lafayette: Pedestrian Bridge over the Wabash 
Favorite local eatery: Harry's
Best place to get coffee: I don't drink coffee, but my favorite place to get a drink is The Discount Den for a Den Pop!
Favorite Purdue tradition: Riding and seeing the Boilermaker Special around campus
Top three influences at Purdue: Kim Cook, LeeAnn Williams, Andy Oppy
Five words to describe Purdue: Motivating, Challenging, Grateful, Happiness, Boilermakers
Favorite involvement at Purdue & in CoA: Ag Envoys
Top five highlights of your career:

  • Being the Agribusiness Club President
  • Joining Alpha Chi Omega Sorority
  • Obtaining awesome internships
  • Emceeing the 2016 Ag Econ Spring Awards Banquet
  • Graduating

Something you wish you would have done at Purdue: I wish I would have taken more AGRY and ANSCI classes. 
Places you have been as a Purdue student:  

  • Study Abroad: 
    • Spring Break 2014-Ireland
    • Spring Break 2016-Italy
  • Internships:
    • Purdue Extension-Summer Intern in Madison, IN
    • Cargill-Operational Production Supervisor Intern in Ottawa, IL
    • CoBank-Credit Intern in Louisville, KY

Favorite Company you interned for: Cargill & CoBank
Beef, Pork, Chicken, Seafood: Go Beef!
John Deere, Case, New Holland, Caterpillar: John Deere
Ford, Chevy, Dodge, Toyota: Dodge Cummins
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall: Summer
Planting, Growing, Harvest: Growing Season
Baby, Weaned, Market, Reproducing: Baby
Favorite thing you like about Agriculture: We feed the world!
Where would you have gone to school if you couldn’t chose Purdue: Butler
Have to redo college in a major not in Ag: Human Resources
Favorite club/organization: Agribusiness Club & Ag Envoys
Favorite Student-led event/initiative: Ag Week
Favorite Purdue event: Purdue Basketball
Favorite dining court: Earhart
Favorite place to study: My room
Over your career where were you most likely to be found on campus: Somewhere in Krannert
Favorite spot on campus: Loeb Fountain
Favorite thing about CoA: Endless support and opportunities
Favorite thing about AGEC: Awesome faculty and professors
Favorite thing about your major: Very versatile and broad
Favorite class: HORT 360 – Flower Arranging 
Favorite professor: Dr. Barnard
Coolest project: AGEC 430 Senior Capstone Simulation
Three biggest accomplishments:

  • Being a first generation college student
  • Dean's List & Semester Honors for all past 7 semesters
  • Alpha Chi Omega Outstanding Senior Award Fall 2016

Things on your resume not listed above: I'm currently a county 4-H volunteer, scholarship recipient, Miss Jefferson County 2011, and Relay for Life member. I also serve as a AGEC grader and a student assistant in the Veterinary Medicine Purchase Center. 
Three words to describe you: Organized, Dependable, and Punctual
What are you passionate for: Christ, family, agriculture, and assisting those in need
What intrigues you about the Ag industry: How each sector of the Ag Industry is actively doing their part to feed the growing population by 2050
What motivates you: Knowing I'm touching the lives of others in some way and seeing results from my work
Favorite quote: Philippians 4:13 "For I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me"
Personal Motto: YOLO (You really do only live once so you might as well do whatever your questioning)
Accepted employment: Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance as a Marketing Associate in Madison, IN
Where do you want to end up: In Madison, IN, starting a family, and being employed by a company where I'm passionate about my role and the company is making a positive impact in agriculture and the community. 
Advice for underclassman: Take advantage of every opportunity Purdue gives you! It may seem scary, but step out of your comfort zone because you will grow so much as an individual and get experiences of a lifetime.
Biggest takeaway from Purdue: Purdue has allowed me to strengthen numerous life skills such as time management, adaptability, teamwork, and so much more. It also taught me to always be myself, make friends wherever you go, and enjoy the little things in life!

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