Spring Junior Student Responder Aims to ‘Meet the Moment’ – News & Stories
Hasler, a dual major in agricultural sales and marketing and agricultural communications, said growing up on a farm with a horse boarding provided plenty of opportunities for public speaking at rodeos and 4-H competitions.
Hasler was approached by LeeAnn Williams, Director of Undergraduate Advising and Student Services in Agricultural Economics, and Mark Russell, Head of Department of Agricultural Science, Education and Communication, who wanted to submit her name as as a candidate to be a student speaker. Hasler worked closely with the couple throughout his college career as a member of the Future Agriculture of America student advisory team.
When she received a simple email from Zenephia Evans, associate dean of students, education and advocacy, asking for an urgent meeting the next day, Hasler said she almost ignored it assuming he it was spam.
“When I walked into her office the next day she was literally clapping and jumping up and down saying how excited she was for me, but I didn’t really know why I was there or why she was excited for me” , Hasler said. . “That’s when she announced to me that I would be the first responder, and I was clapping and jumping up and down right there with her.”
Drawing on her training with the organization Agriculture Future of America, as well as advice from advisers, Hasler said she hopes to reach her classmates with her comments.
“It’s not always about what I want to write, but more about what people want to hear and remember why I was chosen to do it,” Hasler said. “Before I even turned in the final version of my speech, I called my mom, my best friend, and two of my roommates to have them read this, and they all gave me great feedback, so I really got the impression that my village had helped me to write this.
After graduation, Hasler will join BASF, a multinational chemical company based in Ludwigshafen, Germany, as part of its rotation program, spending eight months in North Carolina working in marketing, eight months working with their state regulatory affairs department, then eight months in Washington, DC working with their federal regulatory affairs department.
With her undergraduate career coming to an end, Hasler said she can see now how fleeting time really can be. Feeling “tired” for most of her time at Purdue, she said, was a good thing in her opinion.
“Self-care is important, but when you’re so exhausted and you don’t think you can go any further, that’s when I feel the most energetic, and I’ve managed to surround myself with some of the people the most passionate people I’ve ever met,” Hasler said. “I have this quote hanging on my wall, ‘You often feel tired, not because you’ve done too much, but because you’ve done too much little of what kindles a light within you.'”
Preparing for her commencement speech was humbling for Hasler as she reflected on everyone who made her college career a success. She spent a lot of time thinking about the eight-year-old girl wearing a cowgirl and skirt, and how hard she worked to trade that in for a cap and a dress.
“This whole experience is not something I took lightly; It really makes me want to come back to this investment. That’s also how I feel about Purdue, that people decided to invest in me while I was here,” Hasler said. “I’ll be back, I’ll make sure they realize the impact they’ve had on me because it’s so profound. I started writing thank you letters, and as I do, there are no words I can put on paper that can express the kindness they showed me and the listening ear they they offered and the things they taught me that I didn’t know myself and didn’t understand the world.
Performing in front of thousands of graduates and their loved ones on May 13 on the stage of the Elliot Hall of Music is not his first rodeo and certainly won’t be his last.