New Ag Ambassadors Selected for 2020-2021 School Year
Written By: Jo Thomas, Academic Advisor
The College of Agriculture is made up of a diverse student population and future industry leaders. Such a robust student population and program is best represented by their student leaders, Ag Ambassadors. As Ag Ambassadors, students are on a team of committed individuals that will provide support and serve as a connection for other students in the College of Agriculture as well as prospective students. Members lead campus tours, give presentations at college recruitment events and host alumni on campus for events.
This year, 12 Ag Econ students were selected to be Ag Ambassadors, seven of which are new to their position.
Claire Davis (Agribusiness Management; Reynolds, IN) got interested in Ag Ambassadors because she was looking for a way to get plugged into the college and make a difference in the lives of others while pushing herself to become a better leader. “I hope to be able to offer a lot to the team offer creative ideas to add exciting new ways to represent the college of Ag. I am most excited about sharing not only the great things about Purdue Ag. and how invested the college is toward student education and development, but also the history about the university and college.”
Natalie Kidd (Agribusiness Management; Modesto, CA) recalls the first time she heard of Purdue Agriculture, “My first time hearing about Purdue was through an Ag Ambassador at an event I attended In high school. I decided to apply because I want to help convince students to join the college of agriculture at Purdue. I want to help this program flourish and do my best to be a great advocate for the college.”
In addition to her role as an ambassador, Natalie has also joined the social committee which will involve creating and coordinating events for the team of ambassadors. Natalie is most excited for the opportunity to network with more people both here at Purdue and others at events they will attend.
Sarah Tucker (Applied Agricultural Economics; Mentone, IN) applied to be an Ag Ambassador, because she felt that it was a great opportunity to work with and help prospective students. “I wasn’t sold on coming to Purdue until I visited and had the opportunity to talk to Ag Ambassadors. I was able to learn about the ambassador’s own experiences within the College of Ag and ask questions about their experiences. By listening to what the Ag Ambassadors had to say, I was able to learn more about the College of Ag and what the student experience is like at Purdue University. I want to help students in the way that past Ag Ambassadors helped me.”
Unlike some of her classmates, Sarah is the first person in her family to attend Purdue and a four year institution. She hopes this will bring a different prospective to the position and provide other students who are also first generation students. “It can be intimidating to enter an environment that no one else in your family has, and I want to help students who are tackling that uncertainty.”
Savannah Border (Agribusiness Management; Flora, IN) knew coming into college that she wanted to be an Ag Ambassador. “I remember coming to Purdue on a visit and going on a tour with an ambassador. At the time I was on the fence about where I wanted to attend school, but after hearing my ambassador's story I realized I didn't have to have it all figured out. After that visit I knew I wanted to not only attend Purdue but eventually be an Ag Ambassador to help students discover what college is the best fit for them.”
Savannah is excited to meet students and hear what their goals and ambitions are. Additionally she is excited to build relationships with fellow ambassadors and learn from their perspectives. Most of all, Savannah is excited to build friendships and grow her professional network.
Courtney Rodkey (Applied Agricultural Economics; Frankfort, IN) heard about some of the things ambassadors got to do on campus such as leading tours and giving presentations about the program. Courtney was also a student ambassador for her high school and felt her experience would be a good fit for the position.
As a new ambassador, Courtney hopes to bring a fresh perspective and new ideas to her team. Above everything else, she is excited to give tours to prospective students, “I can go on and on about how much I love Purdue and the College of Ag, and I hope that I’ll be able to help future Boilermakers see how much we have to offer!”
Other students selected were Halee Fisher (Applied Agricultural Economics; Millersburg, IN) and Zoey Nobbe (Agribusiness Management; Greensburg, IN).