21 Questions for Wyatt Krom
1. What is your hometown? Liberty, IN
(Fun Fact: Liberty is in the only county, Union, in the state that does not have a Walmart or McDonalds.)
2. Where did you go to high school? Union County High School
3. What is your major/concentration? Animal Sciences - Pre-Veterinary Medicine
4. What is your expected graduation date? May 2017
5. Why did you choose Purdue for undergrad? Purdue is a great place to prepare for Vet School (and it has a great vet School). It's close to home, in-state tuition, and my dad was an Animal Sciences student here.
6. What are your plans after graduation? Attend veterinary school to become a food animal veterinarian
7. What is your 'spirit animal?' Cattle
8. What is your favorite organization joined at Purdue? Animal Sciences Ambassadors - lots of promoting Purdue and the Department of Animal Sciences, including highlighting good things and promoting agriculture.
9. What is your proudest achievement while at Purdue? Being a member of the Animal Sciences Academic Quadrathlon Team and winning the Quiz Bowl at the American Society of Animal Science Annual Meeting in Utah Summer 2016.
10. What was your favorite class taken at Purdue? ANSC 435 - Reproductive Management of Farm Animals with Dr. Kara Stewart. It's really hands-on and gives students a chance to put the skills learned in the classroom to work.
11. What is your favorite Purdue tradition? Fountain runs
12. What is the best thing about the College of Ag? It's small enough that students feel important and that people really care about them. It's family-oriented, and gives the opportunity to meet people all across the College that will become lifelong friends.
13. What is the best thing about the Department of Animal Sciences? The faculty - they are very intelligent, are conducting exciting research, and are willing to talk with students and help them succeed. Most of them have an open door policy and want to meet and get to know their students.
14. What is the best on-campus study spot? 3rd floor of the Lilly Library - it's very quiet.
15. What is your favorite place in town? Get Air Lafayette - it's an indoor trampoline park with obstacle courses, a lot of fun!
16. What is the most important thing you've learned outside of the classroom? Be flexible and go with the flow.
17. Where did you study abroad and what did you do? Christmas Break 2015 - I spent 10 days in Haiti working with an Ag University there teaching animal science and plant science, working on construction projects, and helping put a roof on an orphanage.
18. What internships have you had?
January 2016 - Present: Dr. Kara Stewart's Lab - collected and analyzed boar semen to determine ways to improve semen quality in boars
Summer 2016: Companion Animal Parasiticide Product Sales at Elanco
Summer 2015: AgriGold - moved seed corn to farmers during the season, maintained test plots, and put up advertisement signs
January 2014 - December 2015
: Dr. Jon Schoonmaker's
Beef Cattle Nutrition Lab - worked with feed additives in finishing diets for beef cattle
19. What is your favorite quote? "Good, better, best - never let it rest until your good gets better and your better gets best." - Coach Rich Padgett, Union County High School.
20. What are your hobbies? Playing sports (intramural football, flag football, ultimate Frisbee, basketball, rock climbing, water polo), Block and Bridle Club, Animal Sciences Ambassadors, attending Purdue sporting events.
21. What advice would you give to incoming students? Be open minded. You may think you know what you like and what you want to do, but don't be afraid of failure if things don't work out as planned. Learn from your mistakes and try new things.