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Meet Purdue Ag Student, Luke Wildhaber

Luke WildhaberName: Luke Wildhaber
Major: Agricultural Sales and Marketing
Graduation Year: 2017

Why did you choose Purdue?
It was a simple choice, really. I wanted to study Sales and Marketing in the agricultural field, knowing that I will enjoy that career path. I told myself that if I am going to dedicate 3-4 years of learning to better myself, why not learn from the best? Purdue sits at the top of the list on virtually all rankings for their Agriculture Economics department, making my decision very easy.

Name three fun facts about you.

  • I love to fish and pursue outdoor adventures in my home area of the Pacific Northwest.
  • My family raises Douglas and Noble Fir trees that are harvested for lumber, greenery and christmas trees.
  • I’m all about working hard and having fun. I try to take the time to enjoy what I am doing, because every opportunity is a chance for a lasting memory.

What is your proudest moment as a Boilermaker so far?
I believe that educators of all disciplines and grade levels do not get enough credit for their time and talent they invest in their career. This last year, the Purdue Ag Council saw this as an area we can help shine a light on. Serving as the President of the council, the 20+ members collaborated on how can we as students recognize organization advisors, educators and servant leaders within the College of Agriculture for their hard work and dedication.

The idea of the Students Choice Award came to life and we were able to present the individuals who were selected by students their awards at the annual Ag Awards Banquet. The award was kept as a complete surprise to them and we were able to see their appreciation and passion for what they do unfold.
I was humbled to see that the response from the Ag Councils creation was so well accepted. It is a legacy that our team was able to create and I am proud to have been able to bring that to Purdue.

With your Purdue degree, how will you impact the world?
Recently, I got to have dinner with and run a panel of some highly successful Purdue Alumni in the agricultural workplace. It was motivating to hear from them and listen to how their Purdue education was the foundation of their success.

Purdue Ag Council in Fall 2016

Time to time, I sit back and ask, How am I, as an upcoming college grad, going to provide value to my colleagues? I’ve come to find that the answer will come from how I leverage my Purdue education. It’s a fairly daunting question, How will you impact the world? My response – one step at a time. I will focus on the relevant issues we are facing in the industry and create opportunities for others to take ownership of projects, leading them to success. It’s all a journey with an unknown final destination, making sure to leave everything better than I found it.

What impact have scholarships had on your life?
Scholarships have been able to ease the financial stress of attending Purdue, allowing me to focus my energy on personal development through being involved on campus. They’ve helped fuel my passion for being a leader in the agriculture industry by allowing me to take part in such unique, once in a lifetime opportunities, enhancing my education and college experience. I owe many of my experiences to the graciousness of scholarship sponsors and can’t thank them enough for their continuous support.

Describe how you felt when you first received a scholarship from Purdue?
Honored, because I know that there are many others who were equally as deserving of the scholarship.

A feeling of satisfaction, realizing that all of the work I have put into my education, organizations that I am a part of and past experiences is noticed and it was worthy of being commended for.

Ultimately, I was motivated. It put fuel in the tank to keep pushing myself to be better than I was the day before and not let the gift of the scholarship donor be put to waste. I greatly appreciate the kindness and belief in education of scholarship donors of Purdue.

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