21 Questions for Marissa Lorenz

(2016 Outstanding Junior Recipient)

1. What is your hometown? New Paris, IN Lorenz in the city

2. Where did you go to high school? Fairfield High School
(Fun Fact: FHS is one of the first high schools to have just added a new multimillion dollar Ag facility to provide students access to vet and animal sciences.)

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. What are your plans after graduation? Work for Elanco Animal Health in companion animal sales (had an internship doing this last summer and really enjoyed it!)

6. What is your favorite organization joined at Purdue? 1) Livestock Judging Team - got to work as a team, learn together, and make lots of great memories; 2) Animal Sciences Ambassadors

7. What are your three proudest achievements while at Purdue?
A. Earning Outstanding Senior in Animal Sciences in 2017
B. Featured for the University as a "Boiler of Purdue" in Fall 2015
C. Winning the National Barrow Show on the Livestock Judging Team in 2016

8. What was your favorite class taken at Purdue? ANSC 333 - Physiology of Reproduction and ANSC 435 - Reproductive Management of Farm Animals with Dr. Kara Stewart; ANSC 495 - Advanced Animal Systems Management with Drs. Liz Karcher, Ron Lemenager, and Kara Stewart Lorenz with Elanco

9. What was your favorite part of your trip to Italy, Spring Break 2016? Visiting Rome and seeing the ancient history come to life that we've read about in history books was really fascinating. The city was a lot more preserved and less touristy than expected.

10. What was your favorite internship? Companion Animal Sales with Elanco during Summer 2016 - really enjoyed the work and getting to live in Charlotte, NC - travel alone and stay in hotels 3 nights/week and see different parts of the country

11. What is your favorite memory of your 4 years here at Purdue? Getting to live with 3 best friends and going through college life together for 3 years - never a dull moment and lots of fun memories

12. What advice do you have for current undergraduate students? Take advantage of every opportunity that will allow you to grow yourself in skills and leadership. Purdue offers a lot of opportunities to learn outside of the classroom.

13. What do you wish you knew before starting undergrad? That it would go by so fast and to live a little more in the moment - don't miss out on experiences while planning.

14. What is one thing you wish your schedule allowed time for over the last 4 years? More study abroad opportunities - I would have really liked to go to South America to experience agriculture in Brazil or Argentina

15. What was the most fun you had while at Purdue? Traveling across the country with the Livestock Judging Team for a whole year and becoming very close as teammates.

16. What are three words that describe your Purdue experience? Lorenz wins big at National Barrow Show

  • Opportunity
  • Friendship
  • Personal Growth

17. What are three words to describe yourself?

  • Fun-loving
  • Passionate
  • Driven

18. Where do you see yourself in 4 more years? Wherever the job with Elanco may lead. I would love to be back in Indiana, have cattle and other livestock animals, and continuing to pursue career with Elanco.

19. Fill in the blank: My favorite non-school-related activity is ___. Showing cattle (Angus, Simmental, and Maine-Anjou breeds)

20. Who have been the three most influential people in your undergrad career?

21. What will you miss the most about being a Purdue student? Being continuously surrounded by friends, faculty and the many learning opportunities at Purdue. Being a Boilermaker has provided a unique opportunity to be surrounded by 40,000 people from all over the world who all bring a different perspective and are involved in different activities.


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