Making your Degree work for you 

Ethan Elsbury 

Hometown: Greenfield, IN 

Major & Concentration: Agricultural Systems Management and Agribusiness Management 

Minors or Certificates: Farm Management 

Why did you come to Purdue: Tradition/ one of the top Ag schools 

Favorite Purdue tradition: Watching our Boilers play in Mackey 

Top three influences at Purdue: LeeAnn Williams, Katie Dilley, and Collegiate Cattlemen's Association 

Top five memories of your time at Purdue 

  1. Shenanigans in the dorm with friends 
  2. Weekly scary movie night at the house with my roommates 
  3. Being in Rose Ade and Mackey 
  4. Riding around campus with the windows down with friends listening to music and talking about life 
  5. The network of connections.  

Places you have been as a Purdue student 

  • Across Indiana (internships) 
  • Houston Texas 
  • New Orleans Louisiana (Cattlemen's Convention) 
  • Florida 
  • Tennessee 

Favorite club/organization: Collegiate Cattlemen's Association 

Favorite Student-led event/initiative: Purdue Ag Week 

Favorite Purdue event: Purdue/IU basketball games 

Favorite Social Activity: Homecoming week  

Favorite place to study: ABE computer lab 

Favorite spot on campus: Krannert Ag Econ office 

Favorite thing about CoA: CoA is a family, no matter where you go, you more than likely know someone.  

Favorite thing about your major: The versatility  

Favorite class: AGEC 331 

Favorite professor: Professor Downing 

Coolest project: Ready Set Sell  

Three biggest accomplishments: Top Gun at AgriGold (top intern), making connections all over the world, and being an ABE ambassador  

Things on your resume not listed above: Lily Scholar 


Where do you want to end up: Close to home, with a full-time job, continuing to work with my cows 

Advice for underclassmen: If you are hesitant to go to a networking event or if there is a chance to meet new people take it. You never know when your paths will cross again.  

The biggest takeaway from Purdue: Life is full of opportunities; you just have to be willing to take the first step to reaching your goals.