21 Questions for MaryKate Harrod

1. What is your hometown? Hinckley, IL Block and Bridle
Fun Fact: Our claim to fame is the Harlem Globetrotters played their first game in Hinckley.

2. Where did you go to high school? Hinckley-Big Rock High School

3. What is your major/concentration? Animal Sciences--Agribusiness

4. What is your expected graduation date?  May 2019

5. Why did you choose Purdue for undergrad? Purdue provided me with a wide variety of opportunities- professors, study abroad, clubs, research- and I fell in love with the atmosphere when I visited. 

6. What are your plans after graduation? Get my Master’s degree in Reproductive Physiology

7. What is your ‘spirit animal?’  Hawk

8. What is your favorite organization joined at Purdue?  Goat Club

9. What is your proudest achievement while at Purdue?  Stepping out of my comfort zone and being a part of several new experiences. Goat

10. What has been your favorite class taken at Purdue?
 ANSC 33300- Reproductive Physiology with Dr. Kara Stewart and ANSC 23000- Physiology of Domestic Animals with Dr. Ryan Cabot

11. What is your favorite Purdue tradition? Fountain runs

12. What is the best thing about College of Ag? How much there is to do- there are always events- research opportunities, study abroad, organizations, events- more than you have time to do.

13. What is the best thing about Department of Animal Sciences?  How close the department is.  The school is big but the students and faculty know each other and really care about each other.

14. What is the best on-campus study spot? Empty classrooms in Lilly

15. What is your favorite place in town? The Horticulture Park

16. What is the most important thing you’ve learned outside of the classroom? That you can accomplish more than you think you are capable of.

17. Where do you hope to study abroad? I  would love to visit Italy or Ireland during a summer or spring break in the future. 

18. What internships/research experiences have you had? Championship goat

  • Fall 2016-Present: Worked in Dr. Paul Ebner’s lab on different projects involving phage therapy for food safety and animal health
  • Fall 2017-Present: Worked in Dr. Zoltan Machaty’s reproductive physiology lab collecting oocytes and will have my own project working with them spring 2018
  • Summer 2016 & 2017: Worked in Monsato’s Entomology Research Department rearing corn rootworm beetles and assisting with field research

​19. What is your favorite quote? “Anything worthy of your passion should be worthy of your preparation.” –Sue Enquist

20. What are your hobbies? Show Boer goats, spend​ing time outside

21. What advice would you give to incoming students?  Don’t be afraid to try new things and find new passions- there are too many opportunities at Purdue to just pass up.

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