If someone were to ask me what my favorite part about attending Purdue, my answer the Faculty. This is true on both the undergraduate and graduate level. As an undergraduate they do a phenomenal job of making themselves available and making the large classrooms feel small. The graduate professors take it a step further by developing a personal relationship with each of their students. If I ever have a question about anything remotely related to school I simply email or text my professors and usually have a response within an hour. It is truly amazing how dedicated they are in making sure that their students are given all the tools to succeed.
Your classmates come from a variety of work backgrounds. What have you been able to learn from them?
Since most students in the Purdue MS Accounting program come straight from the undergraduate programs, I can’t say that the difference in work backgrounds has really had an impact on my experience but I can say that the ethnic diversity within Krannert has helped me in numerous ways. Before coming to Purdue I really didn’t have a deep understanding of different cultures but interacting with students from all over the world on a daily basis has helped me expand my understanding and appreciation of diversity.
How has Krannert helped develop your leadership skills?
Krannert students have leadership in their clubs. I was Delta Sigma Pi’s vice president of fundraising for a year and that helped me develop leadership. I organized all the fundraising events but I wasn’t given a script on how to do it. Whenever we held an event we had to get approvals and fill out all of the liability forms but outside of that we were given the freedom to make the event what we wanted. All of the clubs here at Krannert are run like that and it really gives members the ability to create new skills or develop existing ones.
How would you describe living in West Lafayette?
West Lafayette is one of those places that has a little bit of everything. Within campus there are many different environments. For 3 years I lived on the southeast side of campus where everyone is a student but this year I live on the northeast side of campus and most of my neighbors are young to middle-aged families. Needless to say, there is a place for everyone here. Personally, I love the environment because the people are friendly, diverse, and polite. Attend any football or basketball game and you can really tell how much this town embraces and supports Purdue. There are so many different activities to get involved in around town and if you ever want to get away Chicago is only a 2-hour drive and Indianapolis is only 1 hour away.
Away from Krannert, what do you do for fun?
Working as a Teaching Assistant for MGMT 451 and doing research within the accounting department really doesn’t give me much time away from Krannert but whenever I can get some time I enjoy catching up on sporting news, reading about the stock market, or sneaking in a round of golf with my roommates. The two jobs I have allow me to work from anywhere so I get wrapped up in doing a lot of it from home but I always make sure to have one day a week where I enjoy time away from school and work. That shouldn’t intimidate anyone because the amount of free time that students have here is dependent on their study habits and the number of commitments they have outside of class.
What do you like most about Krannert and Purdue?
There are two things that really standout to me about Krannert and Purdue. The first is the sense of community that everyone here has. When I came here I only knew a handful of people but now it seems like I can’t go anywhere without running into a classmate, professor, or friend. That speaks volumes about the environment here, especially because there are more than 40,000 students. The second thing that I really admire is the overall compassion that the students show for one another. It is no secret here that everyone is competing;but anytime I have a problem understanding something or need my work checked I have no issue finding a classmate. I think this is something that makes Krannert and Purdue different than most other academic environment.
How have you been assisted in your job search?
Krannert has many resources to assist student in finding jobs that I am still discovering some of them today even though I have been here for 5 years. I interned at Ernst and Young in the summer of 2013 and I found the posting on the Center for Career Opportunities’ website. The online postings are accessible by all students here at Purdue. Krannert has their own website available to students enrolled in graduate programs. There are also many events that various clubs and organizations put on that aid in connecting students with recruiters.
When we catch up with you in 10 years, what do you expect to be doing?
Hopefully in 10 years I will still be at Ernst & Young, on the path to becoming a partner. I interned there in the summer of 2013 and enjoyed learning something new everyday and being challenged. I also hope to have a family at the time, which is weird to think about because it still feels so far away.
Advice from Matt.
This might sound very clich but the one thing I have learned through my Purdue 5 years is that you will only benefit from the various programs to the extent that you put effort into them. Showing up to class everyday and doing the minimum to get a degree won't really do much for you in the long term. All of the tools and resources are here for any student to succeed but you need to put in the effort to succeed.