California Native Takes Big Leaps, Pursues Passions and Creates Memories to Last a Lifetime

Ashley Porter 

Hometown: Livermore, CA 

Major & Concentration: Agribusiness, Finance 

Minors or Certificates: Political Science 

Why did you come to Purdue: When choosing a college I knew two things, I wanted to study Agriculture and get a different experience outside of California. Knowing that Purdue had an excellent College of Agriculture I came to visit, fell in love the campus and that was that. 

Favorite Purdue tradition: Any Purdue sporting event  


Top three influences at Purdue 

  1. ALL of the AGEC Advising Team
  2. Ag Week Task Force 
  3. My friends and Indiana family

Top five memories of your time at Purdue 

  1. Sledding down Slayter in a Kiddy Pool
  2. 2022 sold out Grand Prix 
  3. Boilermaker Football & Basketball games
  4. Singing obnoxiously on trips with the livestock judging team
  5. Late night Ag Week meetings 

Places you have been as a Purdue student 

  • Nebraska, Texas, Iowa, Oklahoma, Illinois (Livestock Judging Team)
  • Missouri (AFA Conference)
  • Kentucky, Tennessee (Internships)

Favorite club/organization: Ag Week Task Force  


Favorite Student-led event/initiative: Ag Week 

Favorite Purdue event: Grand Prix 

Favorite Social Activity: Going to Harry’s with friends 

Favorite place to study: Krannert 

Favorite spot on campus: Sinninger Pond (the pond next to the Bell Tower) 

Favorite thing about CoA: The College of Ag has provided me with a home away from home. I am grateful to have such a supportive faculty and staff as well as amazing peers.  

Favorite thing about your major: I have not only been able to study multiple facets of Ag Business but also incorporate other aspects of agriculture into my studies.  

Favorite class: AGEC 424 

Favorite professor: Dr. Ellison 

Three biggest accomplishments 

  1. Serving as Ag Week President 
  2. Serving as Vice President of Purdue Grand Prix
  3. 2nd Runner up for the La Prix Scholarship

Things on your resume not listed above 

  • Spending 2 awesome summer internships with Farm Credit Mid-America
  • I spend most days working in the AGEC advising office! 
  • I am an Ag Econ Envoy J
  • Ag Council

Where do you want to end up: In a space and location where I can open an agritourism center focusing on agriculture around all of the United States for elementary students. 

Advice for underclassman: “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” -Dr. Seuss 


Biggest takeaway from Purdue: At the risk of sounding extremely cheesy, TAKE THE LEAP! The more you are able to push yourself outside of your comfort zone the more experiences and memories you will make.