Ag Council Spring Leadership Retreat
By Madison Hire
Each year Purdue Ag Council Members attend a retreat to help them better serve students and to allow themselves to grow personally and professionally. This year eight members from the Agriculture Economics department were in attendance, each coming out with a positive experience.
Kathleen Trimble, a freshman studying Applied Agricultural Economics, volunteered for the planning committee and was one that was in charge of gathering panelists, helping set up for the event and getting gifts for the panelists. All of the panelists were Purdue Alumni, so she had the idea of handmaking them all something special. "I handmade Purdue Alum wreaths as a very special thank you," she said.
Students were pushed to think about their future, what they want and the directions that they are taking their careers. "An interesting thing I learned is there you always have to be optimistic on the future and go with the flow but strive to be the one leading it," said John Beale, a sophomore studying Farm Management.
One presenter had the students write a future resume of what they want their life to look like in 5, 10 or 15 years. Jobs they want to have had, the position they want to be in and where they want to be living. "I loved this activity because it forced me to truly think about who I wanted to be in the future," said Trimble.
Overall, the panelists were great and really had an impact on the students. They had great discussions and lots of pieces of advice. "Coming from all stages and ages of life, this group of experienced individuals shared with us insight on how they have found success," said Stewart Douglas, a freshman studying Commodity Marketing.
Other students in attendance: Ashley Porter, Lauren Bush, Caroline Edmondson, Kayla Fogg, and Abigail Powell.