Small town girl makes purdue home away from home 

Devon McSurley 

Hometown: Crown Point, IN 

Major & Concentration: Agricultural Economics: Sales and Marketing, Political Science: International Relations 

Why did you come to Purdue: Purdue felt like home when I visited. 

Favorite Purdue tradition: The fountain run 

Top three influences at Purdue: 

  1. My research with Dr. Michael Wilcox 
  2. My advisor (Jo Thomas) 
  3. My friends 


Top five memories of your time at Purdue: 

  1. Riding the Boilermaker Special 
  2. Becoming a BGR TL 
  3. The AFSP annual walk 
  4. Tailgating football games 
  5. Sledding down Slayter Hill 


Places you have been as a Purdue student: St. Louis, MO 

Favorite club/organization: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Walk 


Favorite Student-led event/initiative: Ag Week 

Favorite Purdue event: Grand Prix 

Favorite Social Activity: After School Club  

Favorite place to study: Harry’s Chocolate Shop  

Favorite spot on campus: Lilly Hall of Sciences 

Favorite thing about CoA: The community centered around the College of Agriculture. 


Favorite thing about your major: I feel inspired in every class 

Favorite class: Principles of Persuasion 

Favorite professor: Swati Srivastava 

Coolest project: Being given the chance to work with Frito-Lay on closing National Must Carry products. 


Three biggest accomplishments: 

  1. Earning a Presidential Scholarship 
  2. Raising over $25,000 for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention 
  3. Graduating as a double major 

Things on your resume not listed above: 

  • Sales Management Intern for Frito-Lay  
  • Mentor for AGR 112 

Where do you want to end up: Chicago, IL 

Advice for underclassman: Get involved!! Make sure to be engaged in class and participate in anything that would be interesting! 

Biggest takeaway from Purdue: Boiler up!