Perspective From a New Freshmen
Matthew Kincaid (Freshman, Agricultural Economics; Brownsburg, IN) was excited when he received Co-Alliance and Boone County Pork Producer Scholarships before starting at Purdue. He soon realized this was just the first steps of his Purdue journey!
Kincaid stated, “At the beginning of the semester I made it on the Purdue’s “All-American Marching Band.” I got the chance to represent my College of Agriculture within the drum line. It made me learn time management and how to focus on my freshman year studies. I also got to do things in the community like playing at Boo at the Zoo and Relay for Life. I also enjoyed carrying out other Purdue traditions to people around campus.”
He added, “When it came around October, the College of Agriculture Career Fair was about to commence. I was nervous as a freshman because I did not have any experience with competing with my peers. I was told by employers that I should try my sophomore year, which I was expecting, but this didn’t stop me from pursuing my dreams. I later applied to Bayer Crop Science and within a week, I was selected for an interview. The interview wasn’t that horrendous and I was glad I did it. About three weeks later, I got the e-mail that I got the internship. I was elated! Me, a freshman, received an internship. If it weren’t for my drive then I would still be looking for open positions.”
Kincaid hopes his story helps incoming freshmen. He commented, “This goes to show you that you can start your life at Purdue with a bang. I think that by getting involved with activities outside of the classroom can really help your morale. I have no regrets about my first semester and I am anxiously waiting for next semester. The saying is that if there is a will then there is a way. I most definitely felt this way. Academics are a very important part of school life, but it isn’t the only part. Go have fun, join something, make friendships that last a lifetime. I know I am trying to live up to that philosophy.”