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:
- AGEC advising department
- Liz Byers
- The Data Mine Staff
Top 5 memories from your time at Purdue:
- Milk Monday
- Den Pop Fridays
- Spending time in the Mid-West
- Sigma Alpha Big/Little Reveals
- 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:
- Graduating in 3 1/2 years as a transfer student
- Corporate Partner TA with BASF
- 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!