New York native took steps out of her comfort zone  

Name: Elizabeth Peila  

Hometown: Norwich, NY  

Major & Concentration: Agricultural Economics – Applied 

Minors or Certificates: Global Food and Agriculture Systems, Food & Agribusiness Mgmt  

Why did you choose Purdue: As an out-of-state student transferring during Covid I wanted a place that felt like home. Purdue welcomed me with open arms and gave me a place to feel comfortable 12 hours from home.  


Favorite Purdue tradition: Monday Night Culver's Run  

Top three influences for you at Purdue: 

  1.  AGEC advising department 
  2. Liz Byers  
  3. The Data Mine Staff  

Top 5 memories from your time at Purdue:

  1. Milk Monday 
  2. Den Pop Fridays 
  3. Spending time in the Mid-West 
  4. Sigma Alpha Big/Little Reveals 
  5. Judging Invite with Dairy Club


Places you have been as a Purdue student:

  • Louisville, KY  
  • Madison, WI  
  • Across Indiana  

Favorite club/organization at Purdue: Dairy Club  

Favorite student-led event/initiative: Ag Week  

Favorite Purdue event: Football Games  


Favorite place on campus: The Union 

Favorite place to study: Krannert  

Favorite thing about the CoA: How the faculty, staff and advisors value relationships and push you to be the best you can be!  

Favorite class? AGEC 305 

Favorite professor: Dr. Ken Foster  

What are your three biggest accomplishments at Purdue:  

  1. Graduating in 3 1/2 years as a transfer student 
  2. Corporate Partner TA with BASF 
  3.  Ag Econ Envoy  

Something not listed on your resume:  I grew up on a 450 cow dairy in western New York!  

Have you accepted employment yet? If not, where do you want to end up: I have not accepted employment; I am still exploring my options. Ideally would like to end up working in the dairy industry.  

Advice for lower classmen: Be ok with being uncomfortable, those moments may seem difficult in the moment but that is when you grow the most.  

Biggest takeaway from Purdue: Your time will fly by make the most of it and step out of your comfort zone, the connections you make will last a lifetime!