WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Ashley Sheetz is a people person.
From chatting with peers in the hallway to showing prospective students around
campus, she always is up for a conversation — especially when it’s about
Sheetz, a senior in agronomic business and marketing from
Claypool, wasn’t sure what to expect when she came to Purdue University.
What she found was a welcoming group of teachers and
friends, ready to help her on the path to higher education.
“It’s been a fun ride,” Sheetz said. “I came from a small
town and was a little nervous coming to a large university. But it’s really not
like that at the College of Ag in general. It’s a small community.”
“I love the classes. They are very practical. Professors are
easy to approach with questions. The student body is one you’ll leave with a lot
of memories,” she said.
Some of her memories will include long hours at the Crop
Resource Center, where she studies and works part time. Others will be laughs
with friends at Harry’s or Jake’s, her favorite hangout spots, and plenty of
football games at Ross Ade Stadium.
“The first game is hot and you’re sunburned, but by the last
game you’re in a coat,” Sheetz said, smiling.
She is excited to graduate in May and apply her knowledge
from school in the workplace.
Sheetz is hoping to work in seed sales, an area that she’s
grown to love after three summer internships with DuPont Pioneer.
“I started out scouting, then got into field studies,” she
said. “I was in the field making observations. My final summer I was working
with precision ag, working with infrared imagery with growers.
“I’m in the process of applying and interviewing for sales
positions. If not, I would work as an agronomist.”
Her degree in agronomic business management lends itself
well to jobs both in the field and in the office.
“That’s what I really like about this major,” she said. “I
have the physical approaches — the crop and soil sciences background — and with
that the ag econ side that shows me the markets and where to find
Sheetz enjoys her involvement with Agronomy Ambassadors. For
three years, she has been involved with the program, which gives her a chance to
meet new people and teach others about opportunities in the department.
She’s also involved with Sisters of the Harvest Moon, an
agricultural social sorority.
“It includes a lot of great opportunities to network with
alumni and recent grads,” she said about the ambassador program. “I also work to
make face-to-face connections with prospective students to help them want to
The industry is booming, Sheetz said, and it’s an exciting
place to be.
With more technology and the common goal of feeding nine
billion by 2050, there are plenty of jobs that need done when it comes to plant
science, she said.
“I came from a rural community and my dad’s family farmed,
so growing up I knew I wanted to be around it,” she said. “The more I learned,
the more experiences I had in the industry, I realized that was a fitting choice
“I hope I can give back to the industry as much as it’s
given to me.”