From Indiana to Washington to Around the Globe, AgEcon Senior Reflects on Her Experience as a BoilerMaker
Hometown: Millersburg, IN
Major & Concentration: Dual major in Agricultural Economics, Applied Agricultural Economics and Political Science, International Relations
Minors or Certificates: International Agriculture, Global Food & Ag Systems, and Psychology; Certificate in Public Policy
Why did you come to Purdue: MASI (Molecular Agriculture Summer Institute) inspired me to attend Purdue because of the opportunities and family-feel the college of agriculture provides!
Favorite Purdue tradition: Fountain Run
Top three influences at Purdue (people, ideas, experiences)
- Professors (Dr. Jayson Lusk, Dr. Foster, Dr. DeBoer to name a few)
- Public Policy Program
- Rising Professionals
Top five memories of your time at Purdue:
- Study abroad to Peru
- Games in Mackey arena
- Rising Professionals Program
- Trip to Vienna
- Spending my summers in Washington D.C.
Places you have been as a Purdue student:
- Washington D.C. 2x
- Lima, Peru
- Vienna, Austria
- Des Moines, Iowa
Favorite club/organization: Issues 360
Favorite Student-led event/initiative: Rising Professional Program
Favorite Purdue event: Breakfast Club!!
Favorite Social Activity: Laying on the Hills on the intermural fields and talking with friends
Favorite place to study: Second Floor of Lily
Favorite spot on campus: roof of Lily
Favorite thing about CoA: All the experiences. Purdue has sent me everywhere, and I am so thankful!
Favorite thing about your major: Being able to bridge the gap between economics and policy
Favorite class: Political Communication
Favorite professor: Dr. Lusk
Coolest project: Undergraduate Thesis with Dr. Lusk on Milk Labeling
Three biggest accomplishments:
- Outstanding Freshman-Junior in Agricultural Economics, and Outstanding Sophomore and Junior in the College of Ag
- Spending two summers in Washington D.C. (American Farm Bureau Federation, and FAS)
- Purdue's Truman Scholar Nominee
Things on your resume not listed above: Rising Professionals, AGEC Podcast, Ag Council, Ag Ambassadors, Mortar Board, Issues360, Study Abroad, Student Life Advisory Board, AAEA Quiz Bowl, Honors College
Where do you want to end up: in Washington D.C. working on Capitol Hill in Agriculture Policy
Advice for underclassman: Seek opportunity. Purdue is full of opportunity and things to get involved in. Find something you love and chase after it.
Biggest takeaway from Purdue: Build your network and connect with others around you. You never know when you will see or work with those people again. The agriculture community is very small. Never burn a bridge and always try to build relationships.