21 Questions for Alissa Newlin
1. What is your hometown? Boonville, IN
2. Where did you go to high school? Boonville High School
3. What is your major/concentration? Animal Sciences - Biosciences
4. What is your expected graduation date? May 2020
5. Why did you choose Purdue for undergrad? Because it's the best! Purdue has great Ag and Animal Sciences programs, and it had been a dream to be a student here since age 8.
6. What are your plans after graduation? Travel and move around - maybe live in Wisconsin or Oregon. I would like to end up in the beef or dairy cattle industry while raising a family.
7. What is your 'spirit animal?' Boxer - always happy, busy, and playful
8. What is your favorite organization joined at Purdue? American Cancer Society Colleges Against Cancer
9. What is your proudest achievement while at Purdue? Earning a spot as an executive member (Director of Cancer Education) for College Against Cancer as a freshman.
10. What has been your favorite class taken at Purdue? ANSC 245 - Applied Animal Management (aka Pet-a-Cow) with Dr. Mike Neary
11. What is your favorite Purdue tradition? Fountain runs
12. What is the best thing about the College of Ag? All of the opportunities available to get involved, make lots of connections, and travel different places.
13. What is the best thing about the Department of Animal Sciences? The professors are passionate about helping students and making sure they succeed. They all want to get to know you and watch you grow as a person. The experience as a student in ANSC feels very individualized even though it's a large program.
14. What is the best on-campus study spot? The Humanities, Social Sciences and Education Library (HSSE)
15. What is your favorite place in town? ASREC Farm
16. What is the most important thing you've learned outside of the classroom? To be yourself - as a college student, you learn a lot about yourself, your likes and dislikes, and realize it's OK to be you or be different. It's important to embrace what makes you unique because you will always be able to find common ground with others.
17. Where do you hope to study abroad? I hope to travel to Europe to experience Animal Sciences there. I would also like to go to Australia and New Zealand to experience their culture and learn about their animal management practices.
18. What internships/research activities have you participated in?
- Summer 2017: plans to intern with cattle reproduction or pharmaceuticals
- November 2016-present: Boar Stud Assistant at Whiteshire Hamroc
- Summer 2016: intern at a small and large animal veterinary clinic
19. What is your favorite quote? "The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man's determination." -Tommy Lasorda
20. What are your hobbies? Anything animal related, swimming, reading, DIY and scrapbooking, listening to music
21. What advice would you give to incoming students? College exams are much harder than high school, and every professor is different, so learn how to study and find out what works for you so that you can be successful.