21 Questions for Megan Riley

1. What is your hometown?  La Porte, IN

2. Where did you go to high school? La Porte High School

3. What is your major/concentration? Animal Sciences--Pre-Veterinary Medicine; minor in Biological Sciences

4. What is your expected graduation date?  May 2019 (graduating in 3 years!)

5. Why did you choose Purdue for undergrad? My older brother attended Purdue 12 years ago, and I fell in love with the campus whenever I visited him. It's also one of the best schools in the country for agriculture and veterinary medicine!

6. What are your plans after graduation? Attend veterinary school, hopefully at Purdue. After that, I hope to practice either mixed animal medicine or emergency small animal medicine.

7. What is your ‘spirit animal?’ Cat

8. What is your favorite organization joined at Purdue? Purdue Dairy Club

9. What is your proudest achievement while at Purdue? Being selected as the Outstanding Sophomore in Animal Sciences, and being awarded 3rd place for my research at the 2018 Purdue Undergraduate Research Symposium.

10. What has been your favorite class taken at Purdue?
ANSC 23000 - Physiology of Domestic Animals with Dr. Rod Allrich. I'm also currently taking ANSC 33300 - Physiology of Reproduction and ANSC 43500 - Reproductive Management of Farm Animals both with Dr. Kara Stewart and I love them!

11. What is your favorite Purdue tradition? Fountain Runs

12. What is the best thing about College of Ag? The College of Ag is incredibly invested in preparing all students for their futures after graduation. Starting freshman year, students are given valuable opportunities for networking and job-searching.

13. What is the best thing about Department of Animal Sciences?  The entire department is a big family. You get to know nearly everyone in your classes, and you can't go anywhere on campus without seeing someone you've met. You develop lifelong friends, and you can easily build relationships with the faculty and advisors.

14. What is the best on-campus study spot? The Agricultural Administration building

15. What is your favorite place in town? Wabash Landing

16. What is the most important thing you’ve learned outside of the classroom? There is more to the college experience than grades. It is important to be able to communicate effectively, build relationships, and discover your passions. If you spend all of your time studying, you won't be able to experience the opportunities that mold you into a well-rounded individual. 

17. Where do you hope to study abroad? Either Ireland for Spring Break or Zambia for a Maymester

​18. What internships/research experiences have you had?
  • January 2017-Present: Undergraduate Reserach Assistant in Dr. Brianna Gaskill's Lab - studying the effects of "rat tickling" on animal welfare and behavior. I have transitioned to discovering how "tickling" and building a human-animal bond can be risk factor for compassion fatigue in those who work with laboratory animals.
  • Summer 2018: Veterinary Assistant at North Central Veterinary Emergency Center in Westville, IN 

​19. What is your favorite quote? “The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem." - Captain Jack Sparrow, Pirates of the Caribbean

 20. What are your hobbies? Hanging out with friends, reading, learning foreing languages, and rewatching The Office (I've seen the entire series 4 times!)

 21. What advice would you give to incoming students? It is OK to fail at something, as long as you can use the failure as a learning experience.


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