I chose Purdue because of the agronomy program. I was born and raised on a farm in northern Indiana and was sure I wanted to have a career in crop science. I looked into going to other universities out of Indiana, however, when I visited Purdue, it felt like home away from home. I haven't regretted my decision since!
What was your freshman experience like?
Freshman year I lived in a dorm on campus and tried to get involved as much as possible. I was lucky enough to meet some of my best friends in college the first day of freshman year through crops judging. I tried to get the full student experience by attending athletic events, joining a variety of clubs, and taking advantage of what Purdue has to offer. As a freshman, you are able to take some agricultural courses as well as knocking out all the required credits for the college. Since Purdue is a large university, I was scared taking a class in a big lecture hall. Luckily at Purdue, their are smaller lab sizes and discussion/recitiation groups that meet weekly for general education credits. They definetly make a large class feel smaller plus you are able to meet people and get the help you need, even in chemistry and biology.
You're thoughts and experience with the Agronomy faculty and staff?
The Agronomy department is a family. Yes, I know this sounds like what other colleges may tell you, BUT Purdue Agronomy faculty treat you like you are one of their own kids. They all care about you acheiving your goals and making sure you learn.
What internships are you (or have you) done?
Freshman Year: Co-Alliance - Bayer Seed Corn Field Scout
Sophomore Year: Ceres Solutions - Crop Health Technician
Junior Year: Helena Agi-Enterprises - Wholesale Agronomy Sales
What are your future plans upon graduation?
I hope to work in agronomy sales for a few years and then start my own agronomy consulting business.