21 Questions for Lexi Weldon

1. What is your hometown? Greenfield, IN 
(Fun Fact: Greenfield is the home of the global headquarters for Elanco Animal Health) 

2. Where did you go to high school? Greenfield Central High School

3. What is your major/concentration? Animal Sciences - Products; Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program

4. What is your expected graduation date? May 2019 Lexi Weldon kayaking with her dog

5. Why did you choose Purdue for undergrad? I visited campus in middle school for 4-H Round-up and Purdue felt homey. I could see myself living on campus and enjoying going to school with all of the nice and friendly people on campus.

6. What are your plans after graduation? Go to graduate school to earn a PhD in Animal Science, then perhaps teach, work in industry, and eventually own a business that breeds and trains service dogs to help ill and disabled people and sell the dogs that don't pass for service animals as pets.

7. What is your 'spirit animal?' Wolf - always has eye on the prize, but likes to work with others to get the job done.

8. What is your favorite organization joined at Purdue? Heifer International! Also, I'm a member of Block and Bridle, Sigma Alpha, and Ag Council.

9. What is your proudest achievement while at Purdue? Being elected president of Heifer International as a freshman.

10. What has been your favorite class taken at Purdue? ANSC 245 - Applied Animal Management ("Pet-a-Cow") - great hands on experience and get to see lots of baby animals.

11. What is your favorite Purdue tradition? Fountain runs Lexi Weldon and her dog

12. What is the best thing about the College of Ag? It's a large and well-known school, but also a small community of people who truly care about each other where students don't feel like they are just a number.

13. What is the best thing about the Department of Animal Sciences? Everyone cares and it feels so small. You really get a chance to know everyone, or at least recognize faces. Barry Delks is also a wonderful resource.

14. What is the best on-campus study spot? AGAD 121 - it's always open, usually very quiet, and sometimes there's free food.

15. What is your favorite place in town? Memorial Mall - it's a nice, quiet place to hang out between classes or set up a hammock to relax. Also, Von's Dough Shack has great calzones!

16. What is the most important thing you've learned outside of the classroom? It's important to be connected. If the College or University has things going on, go to them. It's a great chance to meet people, make friends, and decompress.

17. When and where do you hope to study abroad? Spring 2018 to Australia for a semester. Lexi Weldon with sheep

18. What internships have you had?

  • Summer 2016: Trained reining horses at Siebrandt Training in Nebraska
  • Summer 2014 - Summer 2015: Assistant to executive administrators at Elanco

19. What is your favorite quote? "The best way to predict the future is to create it." - Peter Drucker. "You can't have a better tomorrow if you're still thinking about yesterday." - Charles Kettering

20. What are your hobbies? Riding horses, hiking, drawing, working with dogs to get certified for therapy, kayaking, and scuba diving

21. What advice would you give to incoming students? Get involved, but not too involved. Always make sure that you're able to be an active member in the clubs that you join, otherwise you won't get much out of them. ​​

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