Katie Blacker reflects on her experience as a Boilermaker 

Name: Katie Blacker

Hometown: Colfax, IN 

Majors/Minors/Certificates: Agribusiness with a concentration in Agribusiness Management; Entrepreneurship Certificate

Why did you come to Purdue? I always wanted to study agriculture, and the College of Ag at Purdue is one of the best! I also grew up 30 minutes away from campus; my family is big Purdue fans.

Favorite Purdue tradition: Grand Prix week 

Top three influences at Purdue 

  1. AGEC Advisors 
  2. Sigma Alpha Professional Agriculture Sorority 
  3. Study Abroad Programs

Top five memories of your time at Purdue  

  1. Meeting my best friends at Purdue
  2. Joining a sorority and getting to meet new people each year
  3. Tailgating at football games with family and friends
  4. Enjoying campus in the fall

Katie Blacker study abroad cohort in France

Places you have been as a Purdue student:   

  • Study Abroad in France
  • Internships at ABG Ag Services and Bane-Welker Equipment

Katie Blacker in France

Favorite club/organization: Alpha Chi Omega

Favorite Purdue event: Football games

Favorite place on campus/Favorite place to study: The Union

Favorite thing about the College of Ag: All of the networking and opportunities given through the College of Ag

Favorite class: AGEC 331 – Principle of Industrial Selling

Favorite teacher: Professor Dora Lutz

Three biggest accomplishments at Purdue:   

  1. Making the Dean's List and honors every semester
  2. A nominee for Outstanding Junior from the AgEcon department
  3. Completing the Entrepreneurship Certificate


Advice for lower classmen: Be intentional with your time at Purdue and take advantage of all the opportunities Purdue offers you!

Katie Blacker at Bane-Welker Equipment

The biggest takeaway from Purdue: Your time as a student goes by so fast, enjoy every moment!