Food Science Senior Spotlight - Kassandra julian

Kassandra Julian headshot

Hometowns: Martinsville, Indiana

Major: Food Science

Minors: Fermentation

Certificates: Certificate in Entrepreneurship

Why did you choose Purdue Food Science: I started off in Exploratory Studies, having no clue what I wanted to do. I told my advisor about my love of food and the possibility of owning my own restaurant. She suggested food science as a major, and I’ve loved it ever since.

What made your Purdue experience great?: My friends in my major and the professors. Everyone is so nice and understanding. The whole food science department is amazing personality-wise.

Kassandra Julian in front of her photo on the Food Science backdrop

Favorite memory of your time at Purdue: Attending all of the food science and fermentation club events!

Favorite Purdue tradition: The fountain run during BGR was lots of fun!

Places you have been as a Purdue student: I interned with FEMI over one summer, and we got to visit IFT in Chicago, which was an amazing experience. While interning at Campbell's Soup Company, I was allowed to visit headquarters for one of their events. The other intern and I took a train from Connecticut to New Jersey and received a tour of headquarters.

Kassandra Julian at Campbell's Soup headquarters

Favorite thing about Purdue Food Science and/or the College of Agriculture: Everyone’s so nice in the Food Science department.

Favorite professor or staff member: Dr. Bruce Applegate

Favorite class: SFS391, Boilermaker Sauces and Pickles. Even though it was a long class at a weird time, it was amazing to get to work with a group of people and make our own hot sauce.

Kassandra Julian with Boilermaker Hot Sauce

Biggest accomplishments at Purdue: I was chosen as a subject for an article on Purdue's entrepreneurship website. I also had the opportunity to serve on the board for the Food Science and Boiler Bakers clubs.

Favorite spot on campus: The lounge in the Food Science Building

Favorite club/organization: Boiler Bakers

Kassandra Julian making bread

Advice for underclassmen: Calm yourself down before an exam. If you go in too nervous you may not do well.

Future plans after graduation: I will be working with Campbells Soup Company at their Pepperidge Farm Plant as an Associate Supply Chain Analyst.

Long term career goals: I hope to possibly own my own business.

Biggest takeaway from your time at Purdue: I’m so glad I chose Purdue. It has led to so many different opportunities, and I’m so excited for my future because of it.

Kassandra Julian with a beverage