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Brianna Castle

Brianna Castle
BS ECON ’13, BS POL ’13
Procter & Gamble

A funny thing happened to Brianna Castle on her way to the East Coast. Knowing that she wanted to leave her home state of California, the Yorba Linda native was applying to schools on the other side of the country when Purdue changed her plans.

"I was offered a Trustees Scholarship, and when I visited I fell in love with the campus and the people," Brianna says. "I knew I could see myself coming here."

She decided to pursue dual degrees in economics and political science, with an eye toward law school. But those plans changed after an internship with a law group. "I decided that going to the business side would make me more marketable, and it was something I was interested in doing," she says.

With a lifelong interest in politics, Brianna became active in Purdue Student Government (PSG). She served as the organization's Executive Director of Governmental Relations, and also ran for student body president. During her senior year, she was the elections director for PSG.

Brianna was selected as Vice President of Communication for the Purdue Foundation Student Board, and she became heavily involved in Old Masters, the program what brings successful alumni back to campus to interact with students. Brianna served as host to Curt Clawson, a 1984 Krannert graduate and basketball standout who recently retired as Chairman, President and CEO of Hayes Lemmerz.

Brianna studied abroad during her sophomore year at La Universidad de Sevilla in Spain, and it was an out-of-the-ordinary experience. "All of the classes were taught in Spanish, and virtually no one there spoke any English. I had taken Spanish classes, but it was a different situation to be immersed in the language and the culture," she says.

"I learned a lot about myself, and I think I had the period of my most rapid growth as a person there. I got a taste of international travel, and I would be very willing to take an international assignment in my career."

Brianna interned at Procter & Gamble after her junior year, and the company offered her a full-time position. She'll be a financial analyst working on multibrand marketing. She'll take an honor with her—Brianna received the Emanuel T. Weiler Award, named after Krannert's first dean, as the School's top senior.

"I'm so thankful to Purdue, because it gave me so many options," she says. "It wasn't just about the academics, but it was about getting involved in a number of projects. It certainly exceeded my expectations."