West-coast native took a 2,000-mile leap of faith and found community at Purdue 

Name: Natalie Doelman 

Hometown: Elma, Washington 

Major & Concentration: Agribusiness: Food Marketing 

Minors or Certificates: Global Food and Agriculture Systems; Public Policy Certificate 

Why did you come to Purdue: USDA’s AgDiscovery Program at Purdue convinced me this is where I am supposed to be for both the beautiful campus community and the agriculture program! 

Favorite Purdue tradition: Purdue fight song at basketball games 

Top three influences at Purdue 

  1. Roommates! 
  2. Issues 360 
  3. Industry-relevant curriculum 


Top five memories of your time at Purdue 

  • My roommates showing me all that they love about Indiana 
  • Working Purdue basketball games and talking to alumni fans 
  • Midnight Pancake Breakfast 
  • Kentucky trip with roommates 
  • Spontaneous potluck dinners 


Places you have been as a Purdue student: 

  • Indiana, 36 hours from home 
  • Washington State (Internship) 
  • Kansas City (Internship) 

Favorite club/organization: Issues 360 

Favorite Student-led event/initiative: Ag Week 

Favorite Purdue event: Basketball at Mackey! 


Favorite Social Activity: Late night ice cream runs 

Favorite place to study: Basement of Krannert 

Favorite spot on campus: Union lobby 

Favorite thing about CoA: Students with diverse backgrounds connected by a common love of agriculture 

Favorite thing about your major: The flexibility to fit my interests 

Favorite class: FS 340 

Favorite professor: Dr. Corey Gerber 


Coolest project: AGEC 220 

Three biggest accomplishments 

  1. Milk Marketing Internship with Dairy Farmers of America 
  2. Public Policy Internship with Washington State Dairy Federation 
  3. Scholarships from organizations I revere 

Things on your resume not listed above 

  • Grew up on a dairy farm, and that fuels my passion for the dairy industry 
  • Certified barista! 
  • Treasurer of Purdue Young America’s Foundation 

Where do you want to end up: Working toward ensuring a profitable future for agriculture--wherever that takes me! 

Advice for underclassman: Don’t be intimidated by your peers, everyone is in the same boat! 

Biggest takeaway from Purdue: The best experiences are usually outside your comfort zone.