Jessica Harsh​​

Jessica Harsh  

Continuing education at University of Florid​a after taking advantage of many opportunities at Purdue

Hometown: Radnor, Ohio

High school: Buckeye Valley High School 

Major: Sales and Marketing and Agricultural Communication 

Why did you come to Purdue: The people, and welcoming feeling Purdue Agriculture has.

Coolest spot on campus: Memorial Mall 

Favorite spot in Lafayette: Purdue’s Campus!

Favorite local eatery: Scotty’s Brewhouse

Best place to get coffee: Greyhouse

Favorite Purdue tradition: Eating the Peanut Butter Burger at Triple X

Top three influences at Purdue:
1. AFA
2. Ag Ambassadors
3.College of Agriculture faculty and staff

Five words to describe Purdue: Educational, Uplifting, Encouraging, Family, Meaningful 

Favorite involvement at Purdue: Ag Ambassadors

Top five highlights of your career
1. Attend all four tracks of AFA Leaders Conference
2. Recruit students to the College of Agriculture
3. Accept to continue my education through graduate school
4. Be a teaching assistant for AGEC 331
5.Design T-Shirts for Spring Fest 

Something you wish you would have done at Purdue: Live in the residence halls

Favorite Company you interned for: I don’t have a “favorite” but interned for Helena Chemical Company and National Swine Registry for the summer and then a few other internships throughout the semesters. 

Beef, Pork, Chicken, Seafood: Beef

John Deere, Case, New Holland, Caterpillar: John Deere. All of our equipment is green at home. 

Ford, Chevy, Dodge, Toyota: Chevy – That’s what my personal car is right now, an Equinox

Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall: Summer!

Planting, Growing, Harvest: Harvest

Baby, Weaned, Market, Reproducing: Reproducing – Cow/Calf Operation

Favorite thing you like about Agriculture: The opportunities it provides the population both directly and non-directly 

Where would you have gone to school if you couldn’t chose Purdue: Purdue was my only choice – in my mind! 

Have to redo college in a major not in Ag: Interior or Graphic Design 

Favorite club/organization: Ag Ambassador

Favorite Student-led event/initiative: Ag Week

Favorite dining court: I don’t have one because I never lived in the residence halls. 

Favorite place to study: Ag Administration

Over your career where were you most likely to be found on campus: Krannert 7th floor or somewhere in Ag Administration

Favorite spot on campus: AGAD Room 121

Favorite thing about CoA: People care about what you want to do and they help you get to where you want to be. They genuinely want to know who you are as a person. 

Favorite thing about AGEC: The support system (people) in the entire department.

Favorite thing about your major: Since I have two majors, it is hard to decide! Sales and Marketing and Ag. Communication work very well together.

Favorite class: AGEC 330 or 430 

Favorite professor: I have had so many great professors, I cannot choose just one. Ag Econ and Ag. Communication have some of the best professors in the agricultural industry.  

Coolest Project: Capsim in AGEC 430 (business simulation). It’s hard and your competitive side definitely comes out! But, running your “own team business” is pretty cool.

Three words to describe you: honest, creative, caring 

What are you passionate for: Understanding consumers’ opinions about the agriculture industry. Also, connecting with people to engage them in the agriculture story around them. The beef cattle industry has a special place in my heart as well. 

What intrigues you about the Ag industry: The opportunities it presents to people who do not come from an agriculture background. It touches every single person’s life, some way, shape or form, every single day and that is pretty amazing. The history and the comradery the agricultural industry has in truly unique. 

What motivates you: The people I work with every day! The passion they have for the agricultural industry keeps me motivated.

Favorite quote: “Champions aren’t made in the ring, only recognized there.” – Joe Frazier

Personal Motto: “Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” – Benjamin Franklin 

Accepted employment? Graduate School with assistantship. University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, Master’s of Agricultural Communication. 

Where do you want to end up: I want to have a career that involves creatively connecting people and agriculture. I love promoting agriculturalists stories and all it has to offer to the general public.  

Advice for underclassman: Do not limit yourself! This is the time in your life, and career, to figure out who you are and what you want to be about. Take advantage of opportunities you never think you would try. One of two things will happen: You enjoyed your experience but it’s not quite your cup of tea or you absolutely loved your experience and you’re not sure why you did not do it before. 

Biggest takeaway from Purdue: My biggest take away from Purdue is I realize everyone makes an impact in the world everyday. Whether it is big or small, you can change things one step at a time. Purdue has made ideas and goals come to life and attainable I never imagined. Purdue has helped me find my true passion to follow in the agriculture industry.​​​​​​

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