Hometown: Macy, Indiana
High school: North Miami High School
Major: Applied Agricultural Economics
Why did you come to Purdue: Honestly? There were tornadoes in College Station the day I visited A&M. I'm glad there were – I wouldn't have wanted to spend my college career anywhere but Purdue.
Coolest spot on campus: Horticulture Gardens
Favorite spot in Lafayette: Columbian Park Zoo
Favorite local eatery: Scotty's Brewhouse
Best place to get coffee: Greyhouse
Favorite Purdue tradition: I Am An American
Top three influences at Purdue: a lot of other students, internships, and advisors
Five words to describe Purdue: big, tradition, excellence, community, values
Favorite involvement at Purdue: Purdue Student Government & in CoA: Dairy Judging
Top five highlights of your career: Presidents' Leadership Class, Purdue Student Government, judging trips, interning with the checkoffs 3 times because it was so much fun
Something you wish you would have done at Purdue: rushed the Greek system
Places you have been as a Purdue student:
Freshman Year:
    D.C. with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion
    Arizona with Collegiate Farm Bureau
    Jamaica study abroad
    Interned with the state's corn and soybean checkoffs in Indy
Sophomore Year:
    Taiwan study abroad
    Virginia Beach with Collegiate Farm Bureau
    Interned with the Purdue Agricultural Alumni Association
Junior Year:
    Interned with Ice Miller (Indy -spring) and the checkoffs (Indy - summer) and ADM (Frankfort - fall)
    All over the state with ICHE
    Harrisburg, PA, Madison, WI, and Louisville, KY with dairy judging
Senior Year:
    Headed to Peru for spring break
    D.C. with Collegiate Farm Bureau
    All over the state with ICHE
    Toronto and Ft. Worth with dairy judging
Favorite Company you interned for: In Ag - Indiana Soybean Alliance; Outside of Ag - Ice Miller
Beef, Pork, Chicken, Seafood: Beef
John Deere, Case, New Holland, Caterpillar: Case
Ford, Chevy, Dodge, Toyota: Ford
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall: Fall
Planting, Growing, Harvest: Harvest
Baby, Weaned, Market, Reproducing: Reproducing
Favorite thing you like about Agriculture: the sense of community in the industry (and the college)
Have to redo college in a major not in Ag: Krannert
Favorite club/organization: Purdue Goat Club
Favorite Student-led event/initiative: College of Ag Hog Roast
Favorite Purdue event: homecoming football game or Grand Prix (the actual race)
Favorite dining court: Earhart
Favorite place to study: Krannert drawing room
Over your career where were you most likely to be found on campus: somewhere in Krannert or the basement of Stewart
Favorite spot on campus: Engineering Mall
Favorite thing about CoA: the size and sense of community, plus it's kind of a big deal
Favorite thing about AGEC: our advisers rock
Favorite thing about your major: I'm an applied AGEC major, so I like the flexibility to make it what I want it to be
Favorite class: Flower Arranging (HORT 360)
Favorite professor: Steve Hendress & Dr. Russell
Coolest project: undergraduate research project on the factors determining high school graduation rates in Indiana high schools
Biggest three accomplishments: Appointed by Governor Pence to the Commission for Higher Education, selected as a 500 Festival Princess for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, asked to coach 4H showman and FFA state officer candidates
Things on your resume not listed above: Mortar Board; I also worked for Farm Safety for Just Kids freshman year; helped market the first Purdue 360; was on cabinet for student government sophomore year; graded for an AGEC class; and worked for YDAE sophomore year doing research on Brazil's high school Ag education model
What are you passionate for: rural communities and the state of Indiana
What intrigues you about the Ag industry: how all of the different sectors and parts work together to tackle big issues
What motivates you: deadlines and knowing how what I'm doing matters in the bigger picture
Favorite quote: "Some people give time, some money, some their skills and connections, some literally give their life's blood. But everyone has something to give."-Barbara Bush
Accepted employment? Company, position, location- Full ride to the IU McKinney School of Law, still working on whether or not I'll work full time while in law school
Where do you want to end up: In the Lt. Governor's office
Advice for underclassman: Stop comparing and do what you want to do. Everyone here is brilliant – just find what you want to do (whether that's an organization or a major or a project) and do that. Don't worry about whether or not you're in the "cool" organizations or the ones that are promoted the most. If you're passionate about what you're doing, that's what you should be doing.
Biggest takeaway from Purdue: Relationships matter, professionally and personally. You never know when your paths may cross again!

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