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Approaching Finals

AndreaAs the end of the semester draws near and finals approach, I cannot help but reflect on how much I have already received from my time in Krannert.

When I was originally deciding if pursing my MBA was the right choice, there were a lot of things that I had to take into consideration. I had to decide if the cost, time and effort involved in furthering my education would be worth it. I eventually decided that I wanted to pursue my MBA and began to move in that direction.

As time neared for the first day of class, I still had many questions and wondered what the future held for me. Prior to starting the MBA program, I often wondered if I made the right decision.

Since I began the program here at Purdue though, I can say with the utmost certainty that I have not questioned my decision once. I now know that I have made the right choice because the the value of my education far outweighs any costs associated with the choice that I have made. I can move forward confidently, knowing that I have chosen the right place to take my career to new heights. Every late night and personal sacrifice has led me to where I am now, and there is no place I would rather be.

I can also move into finals knowing that the work I have invested in the program has been worthwhile. All I have to do now is diligently prepare and apply what I have learned. I am confident because I have learned so much information and honed so many skills that I know I am positioned to do my best on finals.

As I look at my peers who are also studying and working hard to finish the semester well, I am confident that they are prepared as well. One of the best things that I have had the opportunity to experience so far is the push for excellence. The more intelligent, motivated, and hard-working people you surround yourself with, the more you will strive for continuously higher levels of success. With every challenge and obstacle we must face, I see my classmates improve in many ways which pushes all of us to challenge ourselves to do better than we ever thought we could. 

Andrea Puterbaugh

First-Year MBA