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Purdue Master's

Spotlight : Student Global Leader

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MS Accounting Student
Ft. Wayne, IN

Why should a prospective student choose the Krannert School of Management and the MS Accounting Program?

As a Krannert student, you become a member of one of the most respected and renowned universities in the world.  Krannert has academic, research, and networking opportunities that will open doors to future experiences you may not even know exist.

What extracurricular clubs are you in involved in at Krannert, and how have they contributed to your experience?

Within Krannert I am involved in the Purdue Accounting Association.  This organization provides a number of professional events for students to learn about cutting-edge accounting topics and network with industry leaders.  These events provided valuable face-time with recruiters and allowed me to connect with my employer.

How would you describe the Krannert faculty?

Krannert faculty are extremely dedicated to their students.  It is not only evident by how often they make themselves available through office hours, but more so by their classroom enthusiasm.  Many faculty members go outside the textbook to bring in and discuss current topics.  This helps keep students engaged by connecting theories or concepts with industry practices.

Your classmates come from a variety of work backgrounds.  What have you been able to learn from them?

I have learned the importance of being a versatile leader.  In some situations it makes sense to be very direct and assertive.  Other times it is more prudent to step back and allow a collaborative leadership environment.  The approach is going to change with the dynamics of your team.  Knowing your audience and developing a group awareness is absolutely essential to becoming an effective and well-respected leader.  Having classmates from a variety of work backgrounds allows me to exercise and stretch my ability to be flexible and versatile.
 
How has Krannert helped develop your leadership skills?

Krannert has helped me develop my leadership skills through group projects.  The members of each group have a variety of work backgrounds and personalities.  Depending on the group make-up, sometimes I’ll have to be the defined leader, while other times I can better serve in a support function.  Either way, I am preparing myself to be a better team player.

How would you describe living in West Lafayette?

I love living in West Lafayette.  It has a nice quiet, suburban feel, while still offering a wide variety of amenities.  With a large university based in West Lafayette, there are opportunities to explore everything from new cuisine, orchestra music, local historical events, or world-renowned speakers.  And if the big city environment is your scene, Indianapolis and Chicago are within a couple hour drive.

Away from Krannert, what do you do for fun?

Outside of Krannert I am a Resident Assistant within University Residences and am a member of Purdue Catholic Students.  Being a Resident Assistant allows me to meet and work with a broad range of individuals.  Each resident comes with a different story, so interacting with and learning about them keeps me occupied.  Within Purdue Catholic Students, I help with a number of retreats, Mission Trips, and learn more about applying my faith to my daily life.  Outside of Purdue, I enjoy cycling on country roads and having time to think and reflect.

What do you like most about Krannert and Purdue?

I really like the amount of opportunities Krannert and Purdue provides for its students.  At Purdue, students can interact with peers from throughout the world.  Taking advantage of this has helped me broaden my global awareness and become better situated to develop into a global leader.

How have you been assisted in your job search?

I have been assisted through the work of the Purdue Accounting Association and the Krannert School of Management Employers Forum.  Both of these organizations work diligently to bring large and small companies to campus for presentations and career fairs.  This provides students the chance to gain valuable face-time with recruiters and present themselves in a positive light.  I owe both of these organizations gratitude for helping me connect with my current employer.

When we catch up with you in 10 years, what do you expect to be doing?

In 10 years I expect to still be involved in public accounting.  I enjoy the constant challenges of understanding accounting technical issues while managing client relationships.  I will also be engaged in my community, using my skills to help those around me.  Finally, I hope to have a family and be living a happy, faith-filled, and balanced lifestyle.

Advice from Brandon.

Being at an institution like Purdue will provide you with a wealth of opportunities.  Never be afraid to at least consider each opportunity that presents itself.  Even if you don’t think it will lead you toward your goals, try it!  It may impact and change you future in ways you don’t even know.