21 Questions for Maggie Maniago

1. What is your hometown? Indianapolis, IN 
Fun Fact about me: I've been to 9 countries and we met our family from Italy through Facebook (then went to visit!).

2. Where did you go to high school? Bishop Chatard High School

3. What is your major/concentration? Animal Sciences-Behavior/Well-Being with a Wildlife Science minor

4. What is your expected graduation date? May 2018

5. Why did you choose Purdue for undergrad? I've learned a lot about the school and always knew it was a really good school with a good Ag program. It's also a family tradition - both parents and both brothers went here.

6. What are your plans after graduation? I really want to focus on conservation and I want to take a year to work in conservation then apply to graduate school to study conservation and wildlife management.

7. What is your ‘spirit animal?' A wolf or a dog (some type of canine) because I'm loyal, empathetic, and compassionate.

8. What is your favorite organization joined at Purdue? Pi Beta Phi Sorority - I've met my best friends and a lot of girls from diverse backgrounds. 

 What is your proudest achievement while at Purdue? Having a GPA > 3.5 for four straight semesters

10. What has been your favorite class taken at Purdue? ANSC 44600-Companion Animal Management with Dr. Rod Allrich​

11. What is your favorite Purdue tradition? After School Club

12. What is the best thing about College of Ag? They have the students' best interest at heart and they genuinely want to push everyone to their fullest potential. Ag is also very involved in student careers.

 What is the best thing about Department of Animal Sciences? Similar to the College of Ag, ANSC is a lot more about the individual versus each class. The department also provides lots of great opportunities involving working hands-on with animals, which I think gives us an advantage when looking for jobs down the road.

14. What is the best on-campus study spot? Krach Leadership Center or Wilmeth Active Learning Center (WALC)

15. What is your favorite place in town? The Celery Bog 

16. What is the most important thing you’ve learned outside of the classroom? Going outside of my own comfort zone has given me my greatest experiences through initiating conversations that led to once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.

17. Where have you participated in a study abroad trip?  

  • June-July 2015: Environmental conservation in South Africa through International Student Volunteers
  • January 2018: Trained biodiversity survey teams with Terra Global Capital in Myanmar

18.  What internships/research experiences have you had? 

  • ​​Summer 2017: Biodiversity research intern at Terra Global Capital in San Francisco, CA
  • Fall 2016: Poultry behavior research with Dr. Marisa Erasmus

​19. What is your favorite quote? "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure." -Marianne Williamson

20. What are your hobbies? Hiking, traveling, sporting events (all Pittsburgh sports), socializing with my friends, and reading

21. What advice would you give to incoming students?​​ Step out of your comfort zone. It can be really hard as a freshman when you think people won't take you seriously, but if you have an opportunity to take a chance, take it because you never know what you'll get out of it until you experience it.​​

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