A Boilermaker that followed her passion for agriculture, earned two degrees, and made a lifetime of memories.
Name: Breawna Caldwell
Hometown: Frankfort, IN
Major & Concentration: Dual Major – Agronomy, Crop and Soil Management & Agribusiness, concentration in Commodity Marketing
Minors or Certificates: Farm Management
Why did you come to Purdue: I spent a lot of time at and around Purdue growing up and have always wanted to be a Boilermaker. My passion for agriculture, that I knew I wanted to expand upon in college, solidified my decision to attend Purdue and the College of Ag.
Favorite Purdue tradition: Den Pops
Top three influences at Purdue:
- All the professors, staff, and students that have impacted me in the Agronomy & AgEcon Departments
- Sisters in Sigma Alpha
- Family and friends supporting me from home
Top memories of your time at Purdue:
- Ireland Study Abroad Trip
- Living with my best friend in the original Meredith during my freshman year
- Countless adventures with friends around campus
Places you have been as a Purdue student:
- Internships: ABG Ag Services - Research Intern- Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Illinois; ADM – Grain Origination and Merchandising Intern - Illinois
- Study Abroad – Agriculture in Ireland
- Conferences – Sigma Alpha National Conclave – St. Paul, MN
Favorite club/organization: Sigma Alpha
Favorite Student-led event/initiative: Purdue Ag Week
Favorite Purdue event: Purdue Football Season
Favorite Social Activity: Ice Cream Social
Favorite place to study: Lavazza Patio
Favorite spot on campus: Agricultural Mall
Favorite thing about CoA: Purdue College of Agriculture provides students with a top notch education and has so many opportunities for students to take advantage of to truly get the most out of their education inside and outside of the classroom.
Favorite thing about your major: The Purdue Agronomy and Purdue AgEcon departments are both so tight-knit, they feel like a home away from home.
Favorite class: AGRY 105
Favorite professor: Dr. Schweitzer
Coolest project: Soil Conservation and Water Management (AGRY 450) Final Project – farmer/landlord negotiation for conservation leases to promote the use of conversation practices on Indiana’s leased farmland
Three biggest accomplishments:
- Graduating in 3 ½ years with 2 degrees
- Winning Outstanding Freshman & Sophomore in Agronomy
- Graduating 100% Debt-Free
Things on your resume not listed above:
- Agronomy Ambassador
- AGRY 255 Undergraduate TA
- Sigma Alpha Director of Leadership and Professional Development
- Sigma Alpha Vice President of Administration
Accepted employment: Anuvia Plant Nutrients Corporation as a Technical Sales Representative for the Indiana and Illinois Territory
Advice for underclassman: Your time at Purdue will go by so much faster than you could ever imagine. Enjoy every minute of it that you can by finding a healthy balance between academics, extra curriculars, and social life.
Biggest takeaway from Purdue: Purdue taught me that life, like college, is exactly what you make of it. You have to take advantage of opportunities around you and always try to find the positive in every situation.