Working his way through college, literally 

A strong work ethic is something that Purdue students have been known for. Trent Green (Sophomore; Agribusiness Management; Delphi, IN) emulates that sentiment to a tee. In high school he began working multiple jobs while attending school for many years. This wasn't necessarily just to pay for an entertained lifestyle; it was also to pay for necessities that afforded the ability to enjoy some time with his friends. Trent said, "I worked jobs I didn't like very well but they paid for my food, fuel, and phone bills."


He started a job that he didn't think he'd still be doing four years later. His junior year of high school he started a job with Delphi Veterinary Clinic and I still works there currently while attending college. Green works under Dr. Lawrence Stauffer, who is a Purdue graduate. The clinic is about 20 minutes from campus and Green's hometown. Trent says, "It's been an easy job to handle while attending Purdue because of proximity, plus Dr. Stauffer is very flexible with my hours to make sure school comes first. I basically perform the roles of a vet tech from prepping for surgery's to mixing vaccines. I also assist with everyday issues that people bring their animals in for." 

Along with working at the clinic, Trent also works for Country View Grain in Fowler, Indiana for Chad Cyr. It is a farm that he started working at for a year now. The tasks he performs there range from working ground in the Spring and Fall to delivering seed and chemicals to the field when needed. Green adds, "I do lots of shop work and fabrication to make things we may need. I also haul grain from Fowler to the Cargill and Tate & Lyle plants here in greater Lafayette area. Usually I haul after class in the afternoons or I will take loads of grain in at 4am before class to fill contracts."

Fortunately for Trent through his busy lifestyle, he is able to keep up on his email because he found this job working for the farm through an email sent out from advisors of the College of Ag, which is a job-posting/job-acquisition method that has helped many other students acquire work with local farmers to do similar roles. Green finds this as value-added experience to his education on campus, "Being that I am a double major in Agribusiness and Ag Systems Management getting experience with the latest technology in the industry and staying up with the current markets I find to be beneficial. I would recommend helping a local farmer to anyone wanting to work in college because there are plenty of farmers that need help especially during the fall semester."

As if balancing two part-time jobs wasn't enough, when Trent is not at one of the other two jobs mentioned, he works at his family's farm which is also nearby campus performing all the same tasks of running and managing a farm operation. He doesn't see this any other way than doing what he enjoys. He gets plenty of interaction and relationship during the day while on campus. When not at the clinic or one of the farms, Green can be found serving as a volunteer firefighter when duty calls between work and school. And just sometimes, Green sleeps a little bit.

There are many ways to add to a literal and figurative resume by the way a student uses their time. Some waste the opportunities. Some seek campus organizations to develop. Some serve others through philanthropic activities. Some get involved in professional associations to network as much as possible. Some design things and work on big projects with faculty or do research. Some choose part-time jobs. All helps students acquire and refine skills they will use in their future endeavors; there isn't a wrong direction to go, except no direction at all.

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