Mitchel Elshire

Mitchel Elshire
Construction Management Technology (CM)

What made you decide to choose your specific major?

I chose CMT because I want to innovate within the construction industry and start a Commercial Construction Company after college. My grandpa is a huge inspiration for my construction journey he owned a Residential Construction business and built the company from the ground up while acquiring a lot of accomplishments. I am super excited to learn about this major and the trades within it.

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

My favorite part of the program of study is the class CM 150 which is held in the construction lab and allows for a hands-on experience while working and growing with others in CMT.

What has been one of your favorite class projects?

My favorite class so far is Tech 120 which is a required class for Polytechnic. This class includes problem-solving through group work and allows for lots of communication between members to stay on track. The final project in this class is based on a problem found on Purdue's campus and being able to come up with a design and final solution was a lot of fun.

What other activities are you involved in on campus?

On-campus I am involved in the Marwood Cooperative house where I live and maintain the house.

What was something unique about one of your summer internships? 

Last summer I had the opportunity to go through an Internship program for a Commercial Construction company based in Indianapolis. A unique activity I found myself doing about every 2 weeks happened to consist of sitting in an Elevator at a hospital that the company was renovating for the whole workday going up and down. Otherwise, I was out on job sites connecting with tradesmen and the project.

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

One of the biggest things about my major that I wished incoming freshmen would know would be that CMT is huge on working with a team and creates leadership within anyone that may go through the program. CMT also has Professors from the field which I believe is huge to learn and grow within the major.

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

A piece of advice I have for incoming students' is don't be afraid to get out of your comfort zone and join clubs, go out with friends, meet new ones, and always be looking for the next opportunity.

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