I am writing to express my sincere gratitude to you for making the Targeting Excellence Scholarship possible. I was thrilled to learn of my selection for this honor and I am deeply appreciative of your support. By awarding me this scholarship you have lightened my financial burden which allows me to focus more on the most important aspect of school, learning. Your generosity has inspired me to help others and give back to the community. I hope one day I will be able to help students achieve their goals just as you have helped me.
Being introduced to the research side of the swine industry has been really fascinating because before coming to Purdue, I would have never though a research and development job would be something I would consider as a career choice. Since working with amazing graduate students and receiving the guidance of knowledgeable professor I could see myself working in research and development for the swine industry for feed companies such as ADM or Purina or some pharmaceutical companies such as Covance or Merck.
Interacting with students to help them gain an understanding of why we do certain animal practices and procedures has allowed me to realize how I could take all this knowledge to the consumer side of the swine industry. I am very dedicated in the sense for people to know that the meals they are providing to their families contains safe and nourishing products. Considering my strong and developed people skills I could see myself working for a company where I would oversee relating things from the swine industry to the public in a way for consumers to understand. Along with this, I could also see myself overseeing public educational programs for schools to possibly visit farms or talk to youth and their parents about their concerns or doubts about Pork products. I can also see myself taking these skills to an HR position or Employee-Training Program for a large-scale producer in the swine industry.
I believe that skills such as processing pigs, caring for a sow while farrowing, and breeding, are important for any position or job in the swine industry. Being experienced in this capacity, even if their job isn’t on the farm, will allow for someone to be more relatable when talking about the swine industry as well as understanding. After my first internship with Maple Acres, located in Peru IN, I thought I would see myself as being a farm manager of a larger conventional farming company. After my second internship at New Fashion Pork located in Switz City, IN and going to numerous different farms across the state with different managers, including an antibiotic-free farm, I finalized being a Sow-Farm manager as potential career path for me. Seeing how each manager maintained their barn differently allowed me to consider how I would manage my own barn at a productive level.
Whether I am on the farm, in research, or with the public, being somewhere in the swine industry where I can make a strong impact and be a valuable representative is where I want to take my career path after finishing at Purdue