21 Questions for Emily Hess

1. What is your hometown? Glen Ellyn, IL Hess with horses

2. Where did you go to high school? Glenbard West High School
(Fun Fact: The 1986 movie Lucas was filmed at the school.)

3. What is your major/concentration? Animal Sciences: Pre-Veterinary Medicine

4. What is your expected graduation date? May 2018

5. Why did you choose Purdue for undergrad? I only applied to 2 schools and Purdue was the "reach" school - I visited for a couple different recruiting events and saw all of the farms. The people were always so nice. I also met lots of students who were very nice, prepared, and knowledgeable. Even though it's a Big 10 School, it feels very small.

6. What are your plans after graduation? Hope to go to vet school at Purdue, then have a large animal practice. It would also be fun to teach at a vet hospital!

7. What is your 'spirit animal?' Horse Hess with horse on ground

8. What is your favorite organization joined at Purdue? Bands & Orchestras - I have played flute since 5th grade and it has been a great way to meet new people and continue with a passion.

9. What is your proudest achievement while at Purdue? 1) Over Thanksgiving Break, I was able to work with a 90-day premature foal that came to the hospital who couldn't walk or feed on its own. Then I received a text during finals week that it was going home, and 2) Performed as a soloist with a trio in the orchestra as a freshman.

10. What has been your favorite class taken at Purdue? ANSC 230 - Physiology of Domestic Animals with Dr. Scott Mills, and CHM 255 - Organic Chemistry with Dr. Jean Chmielewski

11. What is your favorite Purdue tradition? Listening to Hail Purdue! from the bell tower after a late night of studying - especially when the tower is lit up. 

12. What is the best thing about the College of Ag? The ASREC farms - it's something special that you don't get at every school, and is a great way to get hands-on livestock experience; also the Butcher Block. Hess

13. What is the best thing about the Department of Animal Sciences? The professors are all very nice and have similar interests; they are always welcoming and friendly. 

14. What is the best on-campus study spot? Lynn Hall Library - it's very quiet!

15. What is your favorite place in town? Greyhouse Coffee & Supply Co. for a caramel latte or RedSeven Bar & Grill for stir fry

16. What is the most important thing you've learned outside of the classroom? There is a lot to be learned when you are not in class - especially if you get involved in research. Being confident does not necessarily mean you know how to do something, it means you are OK with asking for help and there's no need to feel stupid when you need help.

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

  • Spring Break 2015: Traveled to Spain with Purdue Bands & Orchestra and was able to play in cathedrals in Madrid and Barcelona as well as visit Toledo
18. What internships/research activities have you participated in? 
  • Summer 2016, 2017: shadowed a veterinarian in Delphi, IN
  • Summer 2015 - Present: Horse saliva research at the vet school with Dr. Janice Kritchevsky, in collaboration with Dr. Kara StewartHess with dog
19. What is your favorite quote? "The precious present has nothing to do with wishing... when you have the precious present you will be perfectly content to be where you are." -Excerpt from The Precious Present by Spencer Johnson, MD

20. What are your hobbies? Riding horses (English since 5 years old), training with Natural Horsemanship, playing the flute

21. What advice would you give to incoming students? You don't have to be smart to be successful - you won't fail because you didn't try hard enough. College is difficult, but you can't make it through with only your born genius - you can do anything if you work hard.

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