Philanthropic transfer student never looked back finding employment during and after Purdue
Hometown: Vincennes, Indiana
High school: Vincennes Rivet High School
Major: Ag Business
Why did you come to Purdue: After attending Vincennes University for a year I realized that Purdue was my best option to receive the best education and would help me receive a competitive position within the industry after graduation.
Coolest spot on campus: Beering Fountain
Favorite spot in Lafayette: The Mall
Favorite local eatery: Mountain Jacks
Best place to get coffee: Union Starbucks
Favorite Purdue tradition: Grand Prix
Top three influences at Purdue: Dean Akridge, President Daniels, LeeAnn Williams
Five words to describe Purdue: Amazing, Challenging, Opportunity, Dedication, Pride
Favorite involvement at Purdue & in CoA: FarmHouse Fraternity.
Top five highlights of your career:
- Serving on the Executive Board for FarmHouse
- Being an Ag Ambassador
- Raising $1,000,000 FTK with PUDM
- Moving into the new FarmHouse
- Participating in several Greek philanthropy
Something you wish you would have done at Purdue: Participated in a Study Abroad
Places you have been as a Purdue student
Favorite Company you interned for
Beef, Pork, Chicken, Seafood: Seafood
John Deere, Case, New Holland, Caterpillar: Case
Ford, Chevy, Dodge, Toyota: Ford
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall: All but winter
Planting, Growing, Harvest: Harvest
Baby, Weaned, Market, Reproducing: Market
Favorite thing you like about Agriculture: The opportunity and challenge. Agriculture has great opportunity for students at Purdue to do whatever they want. With these opportunities come great challenges. Obviously a hot topic in the industry today is how to feed the 9 Billion. This is a challenge that makes me really excited about agriculture and excited to be a part of the industry.
Where would you have gone to school if you couldn’t chose Purdue: Vincennes University
Have to redo college in a major not in Ag: Education
Favorite club/organization: FarmHouse
Favorite Student-led event/initiative: PUDM
Favorite Purdue event: Home Basketball Games
Favorite dining court: Wiley
Favorite place to study: Krannert 2nd floor
Over your career where were you most likely to be found on campus: The Exponent
Favorite thing about CoA: The diversity. A lot of “outsiders” do not understand all the different aspects of our college.
Favorite thing about AGEC: The closeness between the students and the facility members. This major really allowed me to meet great people.
Favorite thing about your major: The people. I love the people in my major and the friends I have been able to gain throughout my time here.
Favorite class: AGEC 430
Favorite professor: Dr. Schweitzer
Coolest project: AGEC 430 CapSim
Three biggest accomplishments
Things on your resume not listed above
- Getting first place in my senior capstone
- Receiving a full time job with the FSA
- Participating in NAMA
Three words to describe you
- Relay for Life
- Internships with AgriGold and Purdue Extension
: Passionate, Caring, Dedicated
What are you passionate for: I am passionate about all things I am involved with. I believe that no matter what you do you must be the best at doing it. With this motto I see myself became extremely passionate about all the clubs and organizations that I am in.
What intrigues you about the Ag industry: The diversity. Still to this day I am learning of all the different parts of agriculture. It is amazing all the different parts that makes this industry so great.
What motivates you: People doubting me or telling me I can’t do something.
Favorite quote: If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right.
Personal Motto: Be the best at whatever I do
Accepted employment: Upon graduation I will be working for the Farm Service Agency as a County Officer Trainee (COT) in Indiana
Where do you want to end up: I’d like to work my way up in the USDA and one day be a part of the state office.
Advice for underclassman: Enjoy your time at Purdue and don’t be afraid to try new things. Purdue has given me so much and all it took was me to leave my comfort zone a couple times.
Biggest takeaway from Purdue: Life is always changing and giving you new signs. Keep an open mind and God will lead you in the direction he wants you to go.