Student support takes on new meaning when that support comes from a student.
Consider the extraordinary example of an international student from China who donated $1,000 won in a business case competition to a Purdue student organization that she helped found.
“Giving to an organization that I helped start for the benefit of other students was a really meaningful way to use my award winnings,” she says. “I also gave in memory of a good friend and for all the people who have helped and inspired me here at Purdue.”
One of those people is Troy Janes, a Krannert clinical assistant professor, who sparked Lukia's interest in forensic accounting, which helps bring to justice the likes of Bernie Madoff, Enron executives, and other perpetrators of financial fraud.
“Professor Janes has been a big influence from the start, and he inspired me to get involved on campus and to give back,”
Working with Janes,
“She did all the work, sold it like crazy, and got others involved in bringing the new student organization here. She was the driving force. And boy is she good at getting stuff done!”
Janes says behind
“We trusted our teammates, we believed in teamwork, and we kept persisting and working hard until the last minute of competition,”
“She’ll be fabulous at whatever she wants to do,” Janes says. “She has the drive and desire to succeed at whatever she sets her mind on.”
By her own account,
“Purdue has given me a sense of belonging, and I always want to give something back to Purdue. And I am proud to be a Boilermaker!”