Madison Akridge

Professional Flight Technology (SATT)

What made you decide to choose your specific major?

I decided to major in Pro-Flight, because I wanted a hands-on learning experience. I knew I was not going to enjoy sitting in a classroom for four years without any practical application. I was interested in the transportation sector of the job market, so I applied to Purdue as a Professional Flight Technology major.

What are a couple of your favorite things about your program of study?

Like I said previously, I really enjoy how hands-on the Purdue flight program is. Unlike other universities, students at Purdue start flying right out of the gate. I also love the fleet of Archers we fly, and how safe I feel in the Purdue training environment. We have incredible maintenance staff, and I am so incredibly grateful that we have them.
Most importantly, I love the connections I have made through this program, and the variety of different opportunities to connect with people in the industry. Everyone is willing to help you get where you want to be. You just need the courage to ask. 

What has been one of your favorite class projects?

I got my PPL at Purdue, so my favorite "class project" was my first solo. I think it speaks for itself, but it is so incredibly rewarding to fly a plane by yourself for the first time.

What other activities are you involved in on campus?

Along with being an ambassador, I am a member of the Purduettes with Purdue Musical Organizations and a member of Women in Aviation. I am also a student in the John Martinson Honors College.

What do you know about your program of study now that you wish someone had told you when you were choosing a major?

Just like any Purdue degree, the flight program takes a lot of self-motivation and discipline. I wish someone would have truly emphasized how important it is to learn to manage yourself. There are many aspects of the program that are quite challenging, but it is up to you to figure out what you need to be successful. Of course, you will have your flight instructors and professors there to help every step of the way. Purdue also offers many resources for every aspect of a student's life, but you will have to pursue those resources for yourself.

What would be one piece of advice for prospective students or new Purdue students?

For any student, prospective or admitted, my one piece of advice is to slow down. Enjoy the process and find the little things in each day. This journey goes by so fast, so don't make it go by any faster.

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