21 Questions for MaryKate Harrod
1. What is your hometown? Hinckley, IL
Fun Fact: Our claim to fame is the Harlem Globetrotters played their first game
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
7. What is your ‘spirit
8. What is your favorite
organization joined at Purdue?
9. What is your proudest
achievement while at Purdue?
Stepping out of my comfort zone and
being a part of several new experiences.
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
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
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?
- 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
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, spending 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.