What made you decide to choose your specific major?
I had always been interested in the field of aviation since childhood and when I moved from India while I was in high school, I did my research and found out that a degree in aviation management would allow me to comprehend the aviation industry from a very broad perspective. This specific major allows one to work in a variety of different areas associated to the aviation industry such as: Customer service agent, Sales representative, Accountant, Operational analyst, Network planning analyst, Revenue management analyst, etc. Hence, I chose Aviation Management.
What are a couple of your favorite things about your program of study?
One of my most favorite things about my program of study would be how flexible it is. Along with my major I am pursuing a minor in Film and Video Studies. My program of study allows me to pursue my interests as well as explore new ones. I also like how it enables me to take classes that are not specifically for my major but will allow me to learn certain skills I wish to possess.
What has been one of your favorite class projects?
One of my favorite projects has been an opportunity in my AT 100 class to participate in a research project conducted by a professor at Purdue University. This research was about simulator study, and I got to experience two sessions that required me to carry out various tasks on simulators. Participating in this study made me realize how much I truly like flying and therefore, I believe that this was one of my favorite projects so far.
What other activities are you involved in on campus?
I am an Aviation Ambassador; I am also a part of a club called “A cause for paws” where we volunteer and provide resources to animals in shelters.
What do you know about your program of study now that you wish someone had told you when you were choosing a major?
I wish I knew how broad my major is. There are so many opportunities for someone with an aviation management degree, especially form an institution like Purdue that has such a broad network in the field of aviation.
What would be one piece of advice for prospective students or new Purdue students?
I would say “be involved”. There are many opportunities to learn new things, be a part of things you stand up for or believe in, and to network. Put yourself out there and try new things because Purdue will truly encourage and appreciate your efforts. The faculty is very enthusiastic and passionate about what they do and hence, if you feel like you want to be a part of their research, talk to them about it, show interest and they will gladly tell you more about it.