Morgan Dawson, a junior in Purdue University’s Agricultural Economics Department, is passionate about learning, traveling and keeping her heart and mind open to all of life’s possibilities.
Morgan Dawson, a junior in Purdue University’s Agricultural Economics Department, is passionate about learning, traveling and keeping her heart and mind open to all of life’s possibilities.
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 educational journey.

“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 Purdue.

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 about.

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 personality.

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 AgroSciences.

“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 herbicide.”

In June, she will travel to San Antonio to continue her Dow internship.

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.”