What made you decide to choose your specific major?
I wanted to go into Human Resource Development because of the ability to make an impact and represent others. I enjoy the HR career because it allows me to connect both the company and the people, and with a variety of fields and new responsibilities as an HR, this encourages me to continue learning new philosophies and ideas.
What are a couple of your favorite things about your program of study?
I like that HRD is under the Polytechnic Institute and focuses on technology, leadership, and innovation. With this, HRD students are encouraged to adopt new technological ideas, learn to be a leader not only as a student but as a profession, and think outside the box. In addition, a minor in HR Management under the Krannert School of Business allows for a balanced understanding of the human leadership and business aspect of HRs.
What has been one of your favorite class projects?
My favorite class project I had to do was in my TLI 35530 class where we were instructed to build rocket ships based on the different leadership styles presented by the professor. During the first trial, the professor was not interested in what the students were doing; this resulted in no rocket ships being built. In the second trial, the professor was more involved and gave reasonable advice to ensure we understood the assignments; this resulted in about 30 rockets being built. Ultimately, this project was a great way to emphasize how important good leadership is, especially in a work environment, so that the staff and people can succeed.
What other activities are you involved in on campus?
As of right now, I am the director of external affair for Purdue EDM Club, treasurer for Pet-A-Puppy-Club, Society for Human Resource Management, and amongst other clubs.
What do you know about your program of study now that you wish someone had told you when you were choosing a major?
HRD classes involve learning not just about dealing with people but include other important topics such as ways to think strategically, the importance of creating a balanced work environment, supporting staff, laws, and much more!
What would be one piece of advice for prospective students or new Purdue students?
Try to get involved as much as you can, and this includes joining clubs or activities you enjoy. In addition, Summer Think/Summer School and Boiler Gold Rush (BGR) are great ways to learn about the Purdue campus, get ahead, and make new friends and connections. Purdue is a big school, but this also means many opportunities to learn and grow.