WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Every student at Purdue University is
a Boilermaker, but Morgan Dawson is much more than that — she is path maker.
Dawson is a junior studying agricultural sales and marketing
from Scottsburg. She has a philosophy that keeping an open mind is the best way
to get the most out of life.
Her positive outlook has led her through an exciting
“I am an opportunity seeker, whether that comes in the form
of study abroad, club and organization involvement or internships,” she said.
“Once you take one opportunity, it usually leads to another and then another —
and before you know it, you’ve found your passion in life.”
It all started when Dawson left her comfort zone to join her
high school’s FFA chapter. Her journey with FFA was the foundation for her
passion for agriculture.
She served as the state FFA president before coming to
Her current extracurricular list is extensive. She serves as
a teaching assistant for two sales courses and is a College of Agriculture and
Purdue Study Abroad Ambassador.
She is on the Purdue Ag Week Task Force, a team of students
that prepares for a weeklong campus endeavor to share what agriculture is all
Dawson served as an Agriculture Future of America student
advisory team member, Purdue Old Master host and promotional officer and has
studied abroad three times. Desire to travel is an integral part of her
So far, she has been to Costa Rica, Haiti and South
Australia. In July, she will travel to Italy.
“From these experiences, I have been able to see how big the
world is and how small I am in the grand scheme of things,” she said. “I have
learned how to accept and work with others whose beliefs and way of living may
differ from my own.
“My level of independence has also greatly increased from
these experiences, too.”
Dawson has maintained two internships to date.
She got started early as a Global Food Industry Team intern
for Elanco Animal Health after her freshman year. She helped identify key
influencers of the global food chain and took part in sales calls, marketing
planning and community efforts.
Her second internship has taken her to Stillwater, Okla. She
currently is spending her spring semester as a sales intern with Dow
“I am calling on distributors, retailers, growers and
influencers to promote and position a new insecticide product as the primary
control tool in canola,” she explained. “I am also assisting in the
establishment and management of field plots that showcase a new broadleaf
In June, she will travel to San Antonio to continue her Dow
After graduation she wants to find work in entry sales
position. One day, she may work in other areas of marketing, people leadership
or international business.
But, for now, she wants to be open to many possibilities.
“Agriculture is important to me for many reasons, but mainly
because it is the basis of life,” she said. “I have met and built relationships
with some of the most hard-working, genuine and progressive people that I have
ever met in my life through my experiences in the industry.
“After spending time with growers through my FFA and intern
experiences, I want nothing more than to work my hardest to provide solutions to
them as a way of thanking them for all they do for the world.”