21 Questions for Marissa Lorenz

1.    What is your hometown?   New Paris, IN (Fun Fact: if you own a boat or camper it was probably manufactured in New Paris)
2.    Where did you go to high school?   Fairfield High School in Goshen, IN
3.    What is your major/concentration?   Animal Sciences- Animal Agribusiness with a minor in Food and Agribusiness Management
4.    What is your expected graduation date?   May 2017
5.    Why did you choose Purdue for undergrad?   Couldn’t turn down the instate resources that Purdue offers- a great agriculture program, great faculty in the College of Ag, and the connections the College of Ag helps make for students with the Ag industry 
6.    What are your plans after graduation?   Animal pharmaceutical sales or educational work for a commodity group association like beef, swine, corn, or soy
7.    What is your ‘spirit animal?'   Chipmunk
8.    What is your favorite organization joined at Purdue?   Ag Council and Animal Science Ambassadors
9.    What is your proudest achievement while at Purdue?   Being recognized for hard work and contributions by being awarded Outstanding Junior in the College of Agriculture in April; being invited to participate in the Experience Purdue Agriculture campaign to be used as a recruitment tool for prospective students
10.  What was your favorite class taken at Purdue?   ANSC 301-Animal Growth and Development because being able to evaluate live animals in the lab was a great learning experience
11.  What is your favorite Purdue tradition?   Spring Fest!  Not only is it a lot of fun, it’s also a great and inclusive way to bring people in the community to campus to learn things about animals and agriculture that they might not have experienced before.
12.  What is the best thing about College of Ag?   Ag Week- the weather starts getting nice, it’s near the end of the semester, it’s a fun time for students, and the initiative by the College of Ag to hold the annual event is impressive.
13.  What is the best thing about Department of ANSC?   The faculty.  No matter who you are or how long you’ve been here, they are always willing to help you accomplish your goals, find and get jobs, and make you feel fulfilled in a way that’s so much more than just learning from books.
14.  What is the best on-campus study spot?   In the wintertime, the 3rd or 4th floor of the Lilly Library- it’s very quiet and has big windows so you can see outside.  When the weather is warmer, outside on the Union balcony- it’s shaded and just quiet enough.
15.  What is your favorite place in town?   La Scala- highly recommend Sherri’s Pasta!
16.  What is the most important thing you’ve learned outside of the classroom?   Your learning doesn’t stop once you leave Purdue so it’s important to always be willing and open to learning, even after graduation.  Also, real world experiences help you learn so much better than just reading about things in books.
17.  If you studied abroad, where did you go/what did you do?  
   ·         Spring Break 2016- Travelled to Florence, Parma, and Rome, Italy with the Food Science Department and got to tour a pork processing factory and see how wine, cheese, and balsamic vinegar are made.
18.  What internships have you had?  
   ·         Summer 2014 - Quality Assurance Intern at Indiana Packers
   ·         Summer 2015 - Producer Services Intern for the National Pork Board
   ·         Summer-Fall 2015 - Outreach Intern for the US Pork Center for Excellence
   ·         Summer 2016 - Companion Animal Sales Intern at Elanco Animal Health
19.  What is your favorite quote?   “Do small things with great love.” - Mother Theresa
20.  What are your hobbies?   Livestock judging, traveling, showing cattle, being outdoors, campfires
21.  What advice would you give to incoming students?   Take every opportunity to get involved because once you do, you’ll find something you’re passionate about, and as much as you let it, it will help you grow in knowledge, experience, and in your abilities as a leader.

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