Makena Jones

Makena Jones

I am honored to be chosen as a Targeting Excellence Scholarship Recipient. This organization is dedicated to investing in students throughout their collegiate careers to assist them in developing as successful stewards of the industry. Targeting excellence is one of the largest supporters for students in the animal agriculture industry. Their continued dedication to growing young professionals, like myself, makes me so grateful to be entering into such an amazing industry.

Awards Received

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 education 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. I would like to receive my bachelor’s Degree in Animal Sciences, with a concentration in Production. Recently, I obtained an internship position with Cargill in Operations Management at a beef processing plant located in Dodge City, Kansas. This will provide 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 going to strive to obtain an officer position in clubs that I have joined, related to animal agriculture and others. 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 at the Large Animal Hospital as an Animal Caretaker/Barn Technician. Additionally, I am a student administrative assistant in the Office of Biological Sciences. 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.