First-gen student paves his way in agriculture industry
Name: Eion Stephens
Hometown: Dale, IN
Majors/Minors/Certificates: Agriculture Systems Management and Agriculture Economics
Why did you come to Purdue: I have wanted to come to Purdue ever since my first FFA state convention in 8th grade. The atmosphere is so energetic and the people I met had such a deep love for their university. Of course, it also helped that Purdue is ranked #1 in Agriculture and Biological Engineering.
Favorite Purdue tradition: Purdue Grand Prix
Top three influences at Purdue:
- My professors and advisors
- My peers
- AFA and specifically Liz Byers-Doten
Top five memories of your time at Purdue:
- Sledding on Slater Hill
- Getting lost on campus late at night my first year
- Running through the fountains with friends
- Standing on the bridge during the last lap of the Purdue Grand Prix
- Traveling to AFA institutes with some of my best friends
Places you have been as a Purdue student:
- Orlando, FL
- Raleigh, NC
- Kansas City, MO
- Ireland; I have not yet been to Ireland, but this spring break, I will be attending the study abroad there. This will be my first time out of the country, and I could not be more excited!
Favorite club/organization: Agribusiness club
Favorite student-led event/initiative: College of Agriculture Moonlight Pancake Breakfast
Favorite Purdue event: Purdue Grand Prix
Favorite place on campus/Favorite place to study: ABE building
Favorite thing about the College of Ag: How “small” it feels. I love that I know at least a couple people in every class I have.
Favorite class: ASM 105
Favorite teacher: Dr. Balagtas
Three biggest accomplishments at Purdue:
- Representing Purdue as an AFA ambassador
- Being a small part of making the Purdue Grand Prix Race happen for 3 years
- Being the first in my family to go to college
Something about you that is not listed on your resume: I have driven to half of the U.S. states so far.
Future Plans: I plan to start my career in the grain industry.
Advice for lower classmen: Do the clubs, take the trips, enjoy your time in college. You will blink and be ready to graduate.
Biggest takeaway from Purdue: I have learned just as much from the experiences I have had as I have in the classroom. Do not waste time because time is limited.