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Falling back on his roots, Frazee works part-time at a dairy farm

Students use part-time jobs during college as a means to utilize free time, help pay for education, and fill out a resume with skills, experiences and professional networking. For Laine Frazee (Junior; Agribusiness Management; Hillsboro, IN) all those reasons applied, yet it was something more: doing what he'd always done growing up.

Frazee quipped, "I needed a job to stay busy because I had too much free time on my hands and like to (be productive). I saw the job posted on the Purdue job board. Since I grew up with milk cows thought it would be fun. I knew I could be good at it and like it already." Now not everyone can say those words, but maybe it shouldn't be surprising to hear from a former dairyman.


Purdue students are fortunate to attend a large agriculture research institution that offers many outlets for student workers to get hands-on experience on various farm with numerous species – both crop and animal. The departments of Agronomy and Animal Science in conjunction with Extension management and operate the farms to conduct cutting edge research. These farms hire students, some with previous experience and some with a desire to learn or expand their work ethic, to help with daily operations. Laine commented on the variety in his role, "At the dairy the jobs I do are a wide range from milking, to moving cows, mixing feed, feeding cows, maintenance, and cleaning."


He recommends jobs like his for anyone who wants to get some good hands on experience with cattle, anyone who wants a job and likes to work hard, and anyone who has some free time. Laine added, "I have definitely enjoyed all of the aspects of the job and will always look back and appreciate the things I learned along the way. I will also miss having my boss's randomly bring in donuts in the morning and make at least 5 dad-jokes a day."

Frazee concluded, "This job is one where you learn something new every day. And could definitely make you a better at soft skills because you have to learn to communicate with people at 4 am, which if you've never done before, is no easy task."

To find more student employment opportunities, here is the Purdue student employee portal and another link. It is also helpful to reach out to someone that works at one of the farms or ask other students that do/have worked at one.


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