Ambassador studied abroad in Italy and spent a Maymester in Washington DC at C-SPAN; passionate about finance


Nicole Korniak

Hometown: Logansport, Indiana
High school: Pioneer Jr. Sr. High School
Major: Agribusiness Finance
Why did you come to Purdue: Not only was it a family tradition, but I also wanted to study agriculture at one of the best college of agricultures in the world.
Coolest spot on campus: Loeb Fountain
Favorite spot in Lafayette: Tippecanoe mall
Favorite local eatery: Scotty’s
Best place to get coffee:  Starbucks
Favorite Purdue tradition: Fountain runs
Top three influences at Purdue:

  • Italy Study Abroad Experience
  • Purdue Ag Ambassador Program
  • Maymester in Washington D.C.

Five words to describe Purdue:  Tradition, Adventurous, Professional, Welcoming and Family
Favorite involvement at Purdue: Purdue Ag Ambassador and Purdue Ag Week Task Force
Top five highlights of your career:

  • Being selected as a Purdue Ag Ambassador
  • Receiving my favorite internship from the College of Ag career fair that lead to a full time employment opportunity
  • Being able to represent the agriculture industry by being selected as Miss Indiana Purebred
  • Studying Italian agriculture and culture in a study abroad experience in Italy
  • Being able to study and work with Brian Lamb at C-SPAN in Washington D.C.

Something you wish you would have done at Purdue: Taken Advantage of more of the study abroad opportunities
Places you have been as a Purdue student:

  • Milan, Parma, Rome, and Florence – Italy
  • Washington D.C.
  • Internships in Peru, Indiana

Favorite Company you interned for: Beacon Ag Group
Beef, Pork, Chicken, Seafood: Chicken
John Deere, Case, New Holland, Caterpillar: John Deere
Ford, Chevy, Dodge, Toyota: Ford
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall: Summer
Planting, Growing, Harvest: Harvest
Baby, Weaned, Market, Reproducing: Weaned
Favorite thing you like about Agriculture: My favorite thing about agriculture is that it effects and touches everyone in the world. Its inspiring to be able to work for an industry that effects everyone in 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: Education
Favorite club/organization: Purdue Ag Ambassadors
Favorite Student-led event/initiative:  Purdue Ag Task Force
Favorite Purdue event: Purdue Ag Week
Favorite dining court: Earhart
Favorite place to study: Hicks
Over your career where were you most likely to be found on campus: Krannert
Favorite spot on campus: Loeb Fountain
Favorite thing about CoA: The family atmosphere, all of the students and faculty encourage and inspire
you to do your best
Favorite thing about AGEC:  AGEC gives you a variety of knowledge about the agriculture industry and gives you multiple opportunities for different jobs 
Favorite thing about your major: It brings together my 2 favorite passions: finance and problem solving in the business of the agriculture industry
Favorite class: Horticulture 360
Favorite professor: Dr. Barnard
Coolest project:  The Capsim simulation in AGEC 430 because it gave you a more in depth understanding of how to successfully run a company
Three biggest accomplishments:

  • Being selected a Purdue Ag Ambassador
  • Helping coordinate Hammer Down Hunger during Ag Week which included packing 70,000 meals for people in Haiti
  • Being a Deans list recipient.

Things on your resume not listed above: Club volleyball coach, Agriculture Economics Mentor, Animal Science Team Facilitator, Alpha Chi Omega Sorority, Block and Bridle, Agribusiness club, and a member of the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church
Three words to describe you: Passionate, Hardworking, and Family-Oriented
What are you passionate for: I am passionate about making a difference. Whether it is working for a company or mentoring an underclassman, I always try my best to make a difference in someone’s day.
What intrigues you about the Ag industry: Everything is affected by Agriculture whether it is the food that you eat or the clothes that you wear. Without agriculture we would not be able to survive. It is intriguing and exciting to be able to study and make a difference in an industry that has such an impact on the world.
What motivates you: My family and friends motivate me. They are always encouraging and inspiring me to do my best. I want to make them proud and that motivates me to work hard and go after my dreams.
Favorite quote: “She believed she could, so she did”
Personal Motto: To always work hard, try your best, and to never give up!
Where do you want to end up: I love to travel and explore, but ultimately I would like to end up near my hometown so I can be close to my family.
Advice for underclassman: Enjoy College and take advantage of as many opportunities Purdue has to offer because before you know it, it will be over!
Biggest takeaway from Purdue: To always work hard, try your best and never give up! If you do not get something on the first try, use that as an opportunity and motivate yourself to try harder!​​​

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