Makena Jones

Makena Jones

Thank you to the various sponsors, board, and committees. As a current student in the college of agriculture and a future industry professional, I am filled with gratitude towards individuals like you who serve our community and industry. Thank you!

Awards Received

2021 Undergraduate Award (Indiana)
2020 Undergraduate Award (Indiana)

Hometown:

Hometown:

Lebanon, IN

School:

School:

Purdue University

Major:

Major:

Animal Science

Career Goals:

Career Goals:

Primarily, my goal at Purdue is to achieve academic success in all of my courses that I plan to take, while maintaining a GPA of >3.5. Through my academic success, I would like to receive an undergraduate degree in animal production, which can be applied through hands-on experience, outside the classroom. Additionally, I have joined a professor in Undergraduate Research specializing in genetics and reproductive physiology, which expands my horizons beyond a seat in the classroom. Recently, I completed an internship position with Cargill Protein in Operations Management at a beef processing plant located in Dodge City, Kansas. This provided me with networking opportunities to get connected with leaders in the animal agriculture industry. However, my extracurricular involvement at Purdue is just as important as the education that I will be receiving. I am the Block and Bridle assistant hog show chair as well as the ag council representative. Not only will this enhance my leadership skills and teach me how to stay organized, prepared, and responsible, but it will create lifelong friendships with other students who share the same interest and passions that I do. Additionally, I am striving to hold a position as an Animal Science ambassador, which will give me the opportunity to advocate and educate others on the animal agriculture industry. For me, being a well-rounded individual (academics and socially) is key to succeeding in college and beyond. It teaches me to organize my time wisely and learn how to balance my education and social life. Outside of academics and extracurricular clubs that I have joined, I am also working 2 jobs in efforts to pay for my college career. To assist with my learning and experience within the animal science industry, I obtained a position with Summit SmartFarms as a Sample Collection Specialist. Additionally, I am Farrower and Litter Processor at Hilltop Swine. Not only am I teaching myself responsibility outside of a classroom setting, but I am also learning self-discipline as I have taught myself better time management and organizational skills that are key to my success here at Purdue University.