Katie Barnett​

Katie Barnett​  
Hometown: South Whitley, IN

High school: Whitko High School

Major: Agriculture Communications & Agribusiness Marketing 

Why did you come to Purdue: I like to say I “grew up” at Purdue. From the Saturday morning tailgates, to the annual Purdue Christmas Show to 4-H and FFA camps, I always knew Purdue was my home. 

Coolest spot on campus: My favorite spot on campus is Memorial Mall in the spring. Not only are there many people sitting in the lawn, but there is always activities happening and free food!

Favorite spot in Lafayette: I really enjoy Prophets Rock, even if it is outside of town. It’s so beautiful in the fall, and it has a neat story behind it!

Favorite local eatery: Igloo

Best place to get coffee: Greyhouse

Favorite Purdue tradition: Jumping over the tracks with your BGR group

Top three influences at Purdue: Tracie Egger, The Experience Purdue campaign, The idea of feeding the 9 billion people in 2050 and the initiatives Purdue is taking to make that happen

Five words to describe Purdue: Genuine, Traditional, Innovative, Unique, Enthusiastic 

Favorite involvement at Purdue & in CoA: Being a College of Agriculture Ambassador

Top five highlights of your career: 
1. Studying abroad for a semester
2. Becoming a College of Ag Ambassador
3. Being a member of the livestock judging team
4. Traveling the country with clubs and organizations for professional leadership conferences
5. Being a Block and Bridle club officer 

Something you wish you would have done at Purdue: I wish I would have stayed connected with people I was good friends with my freshman year. 

Places you have been as a Purdue student: Italy, Haiti, Africa, France, Amsterdam, Arizona, Missouri, Texas

Favorite Company you interned for: Brodbeck Seeds

Beef, Pork, Chicken, Seafood: Seafood

John Deere, Case, New Holland, Caterpillar: Case

Ford, Chevy, Dodge, Toyota: Dodge

Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall: Fall 

Planting, Growing, Harvest: Harvest

Baby, Weaned, Market, Reproducing: Baby

Favorite thing you like about Agriculture: The ability to produce food, fuel and fiber in every part of the world to feed the growing population.

Where would you have gone to school if you couldn’t chose Purdue: Texas Tech

Have to redo college in a major not in Ag: Engineering

Favorite club/organization: Block and Bridle

Favorite Student-led event/initiative: Moonlight Pancake Breakfast

Favorite Purdue event: Tailgating Saturdays

Favorite dining court: Earhart

Favorite place to study: AGAD 121

Over your career where were you most likely to be found on campus: Krannert, the Den and my sorority

Favorite spot on campus: Memorial Mall

Favorite thing about CoA: The “open door” feeling. I feel that I can stop into anyone’s office and talk about more than just academics, Purdue and my 
classes. I have always felt like more than just a number. 

Favorite thing about AGEC: The advising staff is awesome. There were there through all my crazy questions and for support at any time of day. LeeAnn and Andy do a great job at making sure AGEC students are happy and on track!

Favorite thing about your major: The students. They are all so creative, but moreover, the drive and passionate about feeding the world.

Favorite class: AGEC 331

Favorite professor: Dr. Eales

Coolest project: NAMA - Working to develop a marketing plan with fifteen other students was fun, challenging, but really pushed me to think differently.

Three biggest accomplishments: 
1. Completing a double major and a semester study abroad while still graduating in 4 years
2. Being the lowest score on the livestock judging team at the National Contest
3. Being a College of Agriculture Ambassador

Things on your resume not listed above: I have been a part of the livestock judging team, I have studied abroad three times (one for a whole semester), and I changed my major three times - all while graduating in 4 years!

Three words to describe you: Authentic, Creative, Organized

What are you passionate for: I want to work with developing countries to enhance their agriculture practices. My dream is to work with Haitian 
agriculture students to improve their basic agriculture principles to help feed and fuel their country with a better use of their current resources.

What intrigues you about the Ag industry: Agriculture is ever changing, but everyone, everywhere, needs agriculture. It’s fast-paced, competitive and full of passionate individuals. 

Personal Motto: “Nothing easy came from comfort zones”

Advice for underclassman: It’s okay. Purdue is challenging, but without Purdue I wouldn’t be half the woman I am today. Take advantage of the opportunities granted to you. Study abroad, stay out too late, eat bad foods, fail an exam - it shapes you into the person you are becoming. Learn from your mistakes. Learning how to live on your own is challenging, but knowing there are 30,000 other undergraduates trying to figure it out with me made it more comforting.

Biggest takeaway from Purdue: Purdue challenged me in more ways than I could ever imagine. But it taught me how to be a young, independent professional with goals. Purdue showed me that no goal or dream is too big to achieve.

Agricultural Economics, 403 West State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907 USA, (765) 494-4191

© Purdue University | An equal access/equal opportunity university | Integrity Statement | Copyright Complaints | Maintained by Agricultural Communication

Trouble with this page? Disability-related accessibility issue? Please contact us at agweb@purdue.edu so we can help.

Sign In