Recruiting students to join Purdue and agriculture family

"I wanted to join Ag Ambassadors because I met one on my Purdue's For Me Day, after that experience I was 100% sold on Purdue and I wanted to be able to help other students decide to join Purdue Agriculture," said Allie Decker (Sophomore; Agribusiness Management; Morocco, IN). Ambassadors represent the College of Agriculture at events and also give tours of the college to prospective students, group tours, tours to industry professionals, and this year even gave tours to the College of Agriculture Associate Dean candidates.


Molly Grotjan (Sophomore; Agribusiness Management; Zionsville, IN) has honed very valuable skills during her time as Ag Ambassador: "Through this experience, I have strengthened my public speaking skills, and I've found that this has helped me when interviewing for a job or presenting in class. Often times, speaking with prospective students, leading a committee, working in a group project, and interviewing for a job requires extemporaneous speaking skills, and I've learned this through my time serving as an Ag Ambassador."


Dane Erickson (Junior; Quantitative Analysis; Clarks Hill, IN) reflects on turning damp moments into shiny experiences: "I always remember the tours I give in really bad weather. Somehow they are almost more enjoyable or at least more memorable. I have never had a bad tour experience, everyone who comes to visit the College of Ag in my experience has been great, and there are many interesting people that I have met which I will remember for a long time."

Others like Claire Baney (Sophomore; Applied Agricultural Economics; Pendleton, IN), Laura Barrett (Sophomore; Commodity Marketing ; Rockford, OH) and Cole Pearson (Sophomore; Agribusiness Management; Delphi, IN) advocate on the countless opportunities agriculture at Purdue can impact and develop students. Pearson said, "The most important message I will share is that Purdue has opportunities for everyone. If I went to a smaller school I wouldn't have had the opportunities I have here at Purdue."

Traditionally Ambassadors have been big relationship builders, which is what makes them good at their role. Decker added the role of her peers in her development professionally, "Most importantly I have been able to make amazing life-long friendships with my fellow ambassadors. The biggest skill I have improved from this experience is my ability to sell. Every tour is different thus, I had to learn how to sell the College of Agriculture is numerous different ways. Learning how to sell the same item multiple ways will be very beneficial in the future. I absolutely loved my experience this past year. I would recommend this experience to anyone who is deeply passionate about the College, their Department, and just Purdue as a whole. I'll remember all the grateful parents and students I have given tours to, hearing the words, 'I want to go here now' or 'you have made this decision much easier' always makes me feel like I have done what I sent out to do." Erickson thinks this crew of 25-30 student ambassadors is held together nicely by their leaders, "Amy Jones is a fantastic advisor and makes things organized and fun!"

Grotjan resolved, "A year after my time serving as Ag Ambassador has concluded, I will be grateful for the opportunity to connect and serve with outstanding Boilermakers. Beyond the opportunity to learn, the team is comprised of unique backgrounds and experiences, and truly helps me think differently. I know this experience will be applicable in any setting of life I step into."

Of course, the Department and College will miss the Senior Ag Ambassadors that will graduate and move to informal, distantly-located advocates of the Purdue Agriculture family experience.

Ag Econ's graduating Ag Ambassadors:

  • Annalee Witte (Senior; Sales & Marketing; Wilkinson, IN)
  • Brooke Schafer (Senior; Applied Agricultural Economics; Chebanse, IL)
  • Nelson Knobloch (Senior; Agribusiness Management; Wolcott, IN)
  • Gracen Jarrett (Senior; Agribusiness Marketing; Washington, IN)
  • Mason Gordon (Senior; Applied Agricultural Economics; Rushville, IN)
  • Dane Chapman (Senior; Agribusiness Marketing; Brookston, IN)
  • Jarrett Burroughs (Senior; Sales & Marketing; Brookston, IN)


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