It’s hard to believe we are almost through October! I am back at Purdue and busier than ever. Of course classes are time consuming but there is so much more going on than just classes. As a member of the Purdue Ag Council I helped to put on two major COA, College of Agriculture, events,the ice cream social and hog roast. As a young business professional I have attended and networked with individuals at the fall career fair. And as a passionate agvocate, I have continued to stay updated on issues in the ag industry.
The Purdue Ag Council puts on an annual ice cream social for students to help them learn about all the different agriculturally based student organizations. During the social students get a bowl of ice cream and are then welcome to visit different organizations booths where they can get toppings for their ice cream. It has been successful in all my years at Purdue, but I must say this year was outstanding. We served over 50 gallons of ice cream to over 500 students!
Another great success I have experienced in the COA this semester is helping put on an ag awareness day. The day consisted of; giving out agricultural facts along with 1,000 cups of ice cream to the Purdue student body, a free hog roast for the COA students, and finally the first ever farmer olympics for the COA. They day was a success for Ag Council as it was our first ever attempt at this. Our overall goal for the day was to help reach people both inside and outside the COA and bring everyone together with one underlying factor, agriculture. There is much work ahead to improve on the foundation we have set for expanding our reach and uniting people, but for now we are still celebrating our success.
Obviously these large scale events are keeping me rather busy, but I must remind myself why I am at school, and that is to get an education that will hopefully lead me to my dream job one day. With that in mind at the beginning of October I attended the COA fall career fair. It was a great opportunity to network with professionals in the industry and learn more about some leading companies. I always enjoy talking with recruiters and seeing how I match up with their company. The career fair is a great place to work on my professional networking skills and really try and sell myself as a student. I did find some places of interest but am also continuing to keep my options open as it seems so early in the year to be already deciding about the coming summer!
Somehow between classes, club activities, and looking for an internship I do manage to have some leisure time. During that time I often find myself using Twitter. Twitter has become one of my favorite ways to stay updated on what is happening in the agriculture world. I follow a wide array of agriculture tweeters including companies, journalist, agvocates, and grain marketers. If you are looking for a place to keep up to date with the agriculture industry I would highly suggest Twitter.
As November approaches I am looking forward to traveling to Kansas City, Missouri for the Ag Future of America leadership convention, working with my ACT chapter to gather funding for the NACT convention this winter in Texas, keeping up with my class work load and most of all Thanksgiving Break!