Dreams were met by attending Purdue and landing job; strong Faculty mentoring played a big role along the way

Holly Hopkins

Hometown: Russellville, Indiana
High school: Turkey Run High School
Major: Agriculture Economics with a  Minor in Management
Why did you come to Purdue: It has been a dream of mine since I was a little girl attending Spring Fest and Basketball games.
Favorite Purdue tradition: Sledding down Slayter Hill
Top three influences at Purdue:
1. Dr. Barnard
2. Being an AGEC 331 Teaching Assistant for Dr. Downey and Amy Cochran
3. Dr. Tracie Eggers and our Ag Ambassador team
Top five highlights of your career:
1. AFA Leaders Conference
2. Study Abroad in Italy
3. Being an Ag Ambassador
4. Working with Dr. Barnard
5. Being a Teaching Assistant for AGEC 331.
Something you wish you would have done at Purdue: Joined an intramural basketball team
Places you have been as a Purdue student: I completed a Study Abroad to Italy, and through both of my summer internships I traveled across the Midwest.
Where would you have gone to school if you couldn’t chose Purdue: More than likely Butler. After I was admitted to Purdue I didn’t look at any other schools.
Favorite club/organization: Agriculture Ambassadors
Favorite Student-led event/initiative: Moonlight Pancake Breakfast; it’s unique and something everyone on campus looks forward to! 
Favorite Purdue event: easily the Men’s Basketball games
Over your career where were you most likely to be found on campus: The 6th or 7th floors of Krannert
Favorite thing about CoA: I absolutely love the energy everyone shows, the opportunities, leadership responsibilities and the positive attitudes. The environment in the CoA is contagious – in a good way!
Favorite thing about AGEC: I have yet to meet someone who wasn’t willing to help me out. The professors, facility, staff members and even other students have been the best support system, and pushed me to try new things. I will forever be thankful for Purdue, but more specifically the Ag Econ department.
Favorite thing about your major: It has been extremely flexible and allowed me to pick up a minor, outside the COA, without taking any additional credit hours. It is also the perfect combination of math, business and theory that I’ve never felt overwhelmed in one subject area.
Favorite class: AGEC 330
Favorite professor: Dr. Barnard
What are you passionate for: I have a strong passion for the swine industry. Thanks to my grandpa letting me go into the farrowing house as a little girl, my passion over the years has only grown.
What intrigues you about the Ag industry: The opportunities are endless and any career in some way will relate back to agriculture.
Personal Motto: If you don’t ask, the answer will always be no.
Accepted employment: AVP Commercial/Ag Lending at First Farmers Bank & Trust in Converse, Indiana
Where do you want to end up: Thanks to the CoA and all of the opportunities it has given me, I got my dream job coming right out of college, so wherever it takes me, I will be thankful.
Advice for underclassman:  My advice is to simply have FUN. The education I have received has been second to none, but the times I’ve spent outside of the classroom are the things I will never forget and have made my experience not only enjoyable, but also unforgettable.
Biggest takeaway from Purdue: A leader never stops growing or learning, and there is ALWAYS room for improvement.​​​

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