Never Take a Moment for Granted – AgEcon Senior Reflects on Purdue Experience
Name: Tyler Barr
Hometown: Middletown, IN
Major & Concentration: Agribusiness: Management & Animal Sciences: Agribusiness
Why did you come to Purdue: I grew up loving agriculture and wanted to surround myself with it whenever I got the chance. I knew Purdue would be the best fit for me to get a quality education at the best price.
Favorite Purdue tradition: Den Pop Friday’s
Top three influences at Purdue:
- The brothers of AGR
- My family and friends
- AGEC 296 learning community
Top five memories of your time at Purdue:
- Rushing the field when Purdue beat Michigan State
- Turning 21 and celebrating with my friends
- Serving as chairman for AGR Swine Show
- Purdue basketball games
- Working on a local family farm after COVID sent us home
Places you have been as a Purdue student: I have been able to travel across the Midwest completing internships in Indiana and Nebraska while at Purdue.
Favorite club/organization: AGR
Favorite Student-led event/initiative: Ag Week
Favorite Purdue event: Grand Prix
Favorite Social Activity: Trips to Harry’s
Favorite place to study: AGR parlor or conference room
Favorite spot on campus: Memorial Lawn
Favorite thing about CoA: I love how small it makes Purdue feel. I had reservations about the size of Purdue coming into it but the college of ag makes it feel very close knit.
Favorite thing about your major: I enjoy learning about economic principles that apply outside of the world of agriculture allowing me to apply that knowledge to things going on in politics or situations in the world around me.
Favorite class: ANSC 324 – Applied Animal Nutrition
Favorite professor: Dr. Eales
Coolest project: ANSC 443 – Swine Management. I got the opportunity to work in a group to help put on Junior Pork Day on campus where kids from around the state came to learn more about the swine industry and their 4-H project. I taught the swine evaluation portion of the day and enjoyed getting to share some of my knowledge and work with the youth. I then reviewed the information they filled out on surveys to make suggestion on how to improve the event in years to come.
Three biggest accomplishments:
- Making semester honor’s every semester thus far
- Helping put on the first ever AGR Swine Show
- Serving as membership development in the house
Things on your resume not listed above:
- Howell Family Farms: Farm Management Intern
- Cargill: Operations Intern
- ADM Animal Nutrition: Commercial Sales Intern
Where do you want to end up: My goal is to work as a salesperson for a feed or livestock pharmaceutical company somewhere in the Midwest.
Advice for underclassman: I know everyone says it but don’t take a minute of it for granted, go out and make the most of all the social events and opportunities Purdue provides you with.
Biggest takeaway from Purdue: Continue to push yourself outside of your comfort zone.