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Living the Dream - Natalie Bauman

Master of Science in Human Resource ManagementNatalie at Shell Marathon
December 2013

Human Resources Analyst
Shell Oil
Houston, Texas

Krannert Presidential Scholarship Recipient, Dean’s List, President- Management Volunteer Program, Co- founder, Krannert 3+2 Association 

Why did you choose the Krannert School of Management and Purdue University?
I chose to attend Purdue University as I had grown up being a Boilermaker. With both of my parents being Purdue graduates and an older brother who entered Purdue three years before me, it was an easy choice to continue my education at Purdue. I chose the Krannert School of Management because of its prestigious reputation worldwide. Professionals across the country recognize the Krannert name and brand, and I wanted to be a part of this community.

Describe some of the people, courses, or experiences at Krannert that led to your success.
My classmates were a huge factor in my success at Purdue. They taught me how to embrace diversity, value differences in thought, and learn from one another.

When you think about Krannert and Purdue, what are the things that make it meaningful to you?
Looking back on my time at Purdue, the most meaningful memories are those I shared with my classmates, professors, and the Krannert staff. Purdue is special to me because of the people I met along my journey through graduate school. I could have chosen to attend a different program, but I truly feel as though the Purdue graduate programs are more of a family than a group of students, and I am grateful for the lifelong connections I made during my time there. 

What’s your favorite memory from your time as a Krannert/Purdue student?
Having spent so much time at Purdue, it’s hard to think of a favorite moment. I have countless memories of tailgates, classes, late night studying, and social events that flood my mind when I look back at my time at Purdue. 

Looking back at your days at Purdue, what might you do differently?
If I could go back and change anything about my time at Purdue, I would have started building relationships with my classmates sooner rather than later. While my MSHRM class became very close very quickly, it took me longer to really get to know the MBA and other graduate students. I wish I would have spent more time getting to know the various groups of students. 

Being a Combined Degree Student (3+2), what are some of the challenges that you faced?  How did you overcome those challenges.
Being a Combined Degree Student was definitely challenging, but was one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve ever had. There were many barriers to success during my time as a 3+2, but the Purdue community was always there to help me when needed. One of the biggest challenges was learning how to be confident in classes and groups when you are the youngest team member. I had to learn that I could contribute the same, if not more, than my classmates, and had to become comfortable with speaking up and pushing back to reach the correct response.

Another challenge of the 3+2 program is that you spend your senior year of undergrad in a rigorous and challenging graduate program. You have to learn to adjust from the undergraduate lifestyle to a graduate lifestyle in order to be successful. Having good time management skills can help you through this transition, because if you prioritize and spend your time being productive with coursework, then you have plenty of free time to enjoy the rest of your “senior” year.

What would you say to a student who is thinking of the Combiend Degree Program?
I encourage anyone interested in the 3+2 program to reach out to past and present 3+2s to learn more. These students are wonderful resources that can give you a clear picture of what the program is really like. I would also encourage interested students to become more involved in their undergraduate programs and seek out an internship as these factors will greatly assist you through the graduate program. 

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
I am proud of the things I have accomplished thus far in my life, but I feel as though my greatest achievement was the time I was able to spend giving back to the community while at Purdue. Not only was I able to finish my undergraduate and graduate coursework in 4.5 years, but during those years I was able to spend a majority of my free time volunteering and supporting the local communities. Whether it was through the Duke MBA program that supported the Special Olympics, the Junior Achievement program, or working as the President of the Management Volunteer Program to raise money and awareness for local non-profits, I was able to spend time doing what I love, volunteering. I am proud that I was able to pursue my passions while still keeping in the top of my class and going through the recruiting process to find a job that I love with a great company.