21 Questions for Skylar Clingan

(Also view 2017 Outstanding Sophomore Recipient)

1. What is your hometown?  Angola, IN

2. Where did you go to high school? Praire Heights High School

3. What is your major/concentration? Animal Sciences--Agribusiness; double-major with Agricultural Education

4. What is your expected graduation date?  May 2020

5. Why did you choose Purdue for undergrad? For me, Purdue was a natural fit for my career ambitions. Being the only in-state, 4-year agriculture college lead me to Purdue, but the family atmosphere in the College of Ag and the Department of Animal Sciences has kept me here.

6. What are your plans after graduation? I hope to find a career at an animal agriculture business where I can combine my passions for animal sciences and agricultural education in a corporate training and development role.

7. What is your ‘spirit animal?’ Good question

8. What is your favorite organization joined at Purdue? Marwood Cooperative has by far been the most impactful organization that I have joined at Purdue. This cooperative house not only provided me with a home on campus, but also with a network of friends all across Purdue's campus and opportunities to learn, grow, and challenge myself.

9. What is your proudest achievement while at Purdue? Being named as an outstanding student in the Department of Animal Sciences for two years in a row has been an incredibly humbling achievement. I am also very proud to be serving this year as the Purdue Cooperative Council President.

10. What has been your favorite class taken at Purdue?
By far my favorite class that I have taken is Meat Science with Dr. Stacy Zuelly. The lectures and the labs were very enlightening into an area of production agriculture that I had not previously explored. Additionally, the hands-on experience provided a unique experience for my learning and was all around an enjoyable class.

11. What is your favorite Purdue tradition? It may be more of an odd Purdue tradition, but I love Purdue Ag Week. Being able to see students from all across campus be exposed to the agriculture industry is one of my favorite things about Purdue.

12. What is the best thing about College of Ag? THE PEOPLE! The College of Ag truly has the best students, staff, faculty and administration on all of Purdue's campus. From Dean Plaut, to the professors, to the academic advisors and everyone in between, the College of Ag would not be the same without the amazing people that we have in our programs. 

13. What is the best thing about Department of Animal Sciences?  For the department, I enjoy the diversity of experience available to students. Our department is not just focused on one specific area of animal sciences, but explores the industry and provides students with a large breadth of experiences before graduation.

14. What is the best on-campus study spot? Creighton Hall by far! There are so many places to get work done that are comfortable and close to classes. Plus, the access to microwaves is a huge plus for someone like me that studies during lunch.

15. What is your favorite place in town? You can never go wrong with some Cold Stone Creamery ice cream.

16. What is the most important thing you’ve learned outside of the classroom? I have learned the value of being flexible. Having a plan is great, but you are always going to learn something new or circumstances will change. Great leaders are ones that can not only adapt to this change and use it to advance their service.

17. Where have you studied abroad?

  • Ireland - toured historical sites in Ireland and learned more about this agriculture industry
  • Jamaica - observed high school agriculture education classes and learned more about agriculture in Jamaica
  • Haiti - presented agriculture business concepts to Haitian agriculture students from 4 colleges, and explored opportunities for agriculture development in Haiti
  • Zambia - witnessed diverse agriculture production in Africa
18. What internships/research experiences have you had?
  • Indiana State Department of Agriculture, Governor's Intern
  • Indiana FFA Association, Programming Intern
  • Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance, Talent Development Intern

​19. What is your favorite quote? “There is no growth in a comfort zone and no comfort in a growth zone."

 20. What are your hobbies? Hanging out with friends and family, watching Netflix, and traveling to someplace new

 21. What advice would you give to incoming students? Learn to get comfortable by being uncomfortable. College has so many opportunities to get involved and to try something new. To get the most out of each experience it will require you to forget your comfort zone and stretch yourself to new limits. Then, anything is possible.


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