21 Questions for Skylar Clingan

1. What is your hometown? Angola, IN Clingan in Jamaica
(Fun Fact: Angola is in the "County of 101 Lakes" - if you count them up on a map, there are actually 110 lakes.)

2. Where did you go to high school? Prairie Heights High School

3. What is your major/concentration? Animal Sciences: Animal Agribusiness & Agricultural Education, minors in Political Science, and Food and Agribusiness Management

4. What is your expected graduation date? May 2019

5. Why did you choose Purdue for undergrad? I spent a lot of summers on campus for camps, conferences, etc., so I got to know and love Purdue that way. Plus, it's the only in-state Ag school and was offered early admission.

6. What are your plans after graduation? "The next best thing..." I would like to teach high school agriculture for 3-5 years before going into Ag business to work in corporate training.

7. What is your 'spirit animal?' Goat

8. What is your favorite organization joined at Purdue? Purdue Cooperative Housing - it has provided a home (both literally and figuratively), and offers so many opportunities for networking and getting involved campus-wide. Clingan on a mountain

9. What is your proudest achievement while at Purdue? Serving as an Ag Ambassador and getting to share a passion with potential students as well as working with great students, faculty, and staff in the College of Ag.

10. What has been your favorite class taken at Purdue? ANSC 221 - Principles of Animal Nutrition with Dr. Dale Forsyth

11. What is your favorite Purdue tradition? The pleasant distaste for IU

12. What is the best thing about the College of Ag? It has a culture of family - it doesn't matter what your major, your interests, or your career path - the College of Ag still cares.

13. What is the best thing about the Department of Animal Sciences? The ability of the faculty and staff to care and genuinely want to know what about students' life and career success. 

14. What is the best on-campus study spot? Can't tell because too many people would show up! Just kidding - reserved rooms in AGAD 121 are the way to go and are 24hr accessible for College of Ag students.

15. What is your favorite place in town? Von's Restaurant - the Boilermaker Calzone with garlic herb crust and marinara is the best!

16. What is the most important thing you've learned outside of the classroom? Plans are important, but being open to change is what strengthens your experience. Clingan

17. Where did you study abroad and what did you do?

  • Spring 2018: plans to spend a semester in Australia taking animal and political sciences courses
  • Maymester 2017: hope to travel to Zambia
  • Winter Break 2016: traveled to Haiti with Dr. Mark Russell and worked with a university there to learn about what they do - loved the people there
  • Maymester 2016: went to Jamaica with Ag Education to study the differences in high schools and universities as compared to those in the USA
  • Spring Break 2016: toured agriculture in Ireland (and caught the study abroad "bug")
18. What internships/research activities have you participated in? 
  • August 2016 - Present: Peer consultant at Purdue's CCO
  • Summer 2016: helped coordinate and plan events as an intern with Indiana FFA
  • Summer 2015: organized events and worked with constituents and legislators with the Indiana Department of Agriculture Clingan near water
19. What is your favorite quote? "You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain." -Harvey Dent, The Dark Knight

20. What are your hobbies? Hanging out with friends, serving others, and watching good movies

21. What advice would you give to incoming students? Just try it. You'll never be able to predict the outcome so sign up for that organization, attend that event, or take that class - only by trying something new can you discover who you are.

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