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Spencer Couts

Spencer Couts

MS Finance Student

West Lafayette, IN

Why should a prospective student choose the Krannert School?
I would highly recommend the Krannert School to anyone interested in challenging themselves and developing top quantitative and analytical skill sets.  Krannert provides the highest quality education in business and management, consistent with some of the world’s other top schools at Purdue University such as engineering, mathematics, and chemistry.  Regardless of an individual’s background and training, Krannert provides an experience that stretches, develops, and prepares individuals to be successful in highly quantitative and evolving industries.

What extracurricular clubs are you involved in at Krannert, and how have they contributed to your experience?
While at Purdue I have been involved in the Student Managed Investment Fund and the Finance Club.  Being involved in these clubs has allowed me to listen to seminars and interact with executives from some of the world’s most successful investment groups.  It has also provided opportunities to travel to New York and Chicago to interact with Krannert investment professionals and to represent Krannert at top case competitions throughout the United States.

How would you describe the Krannert faculty?
One of the greatest features of Krannert is the faculty.  Faculty members at Krannert are among the best in their respective fields and provide the highest level of education available.  At the same time they are very personal and approachable.  They make themselves easily accessible and available as needed.

Your classmates come from a variety of work backgrounds...what have you been able to learn from them?
Being able to hear comments from students who have worked in banking and investment fields has given me a better understanding of how principles taught in the classroom are used in industry.  Additionally, Krannert has a very diverse international student body which provides the opportunity to hear how businesses operate in countries that I have not yet visited.

How has the Krannert School helped develop your leadership skills?
Krannert has been set up so as to allow many of the extracurricular activities to be organized and driven by students and student organizations.  While Krannert staff work with students and student organizations to ensure quality activities, they give much autonomy and freedom to students and student groups.

On a related note, one of Krannert’s greatest attributes is the openness for input and feedback from students.  From the Dean, to the Directors of the Master’s programs, to the Career Development personnel, each group has sought after and openly welcomed feedback and then implemented those suggestions meriting action.  There is a feeling of openness and approachability at every level of the administration.

How would you describe living in West Lafayette?
Since Purdue isn’t part of a large metropolitan city there seems to be greater unity and team spirit here than may be found at other universities surrounded by large cities.  Additionally, the people in West Lafayette generally reflect the friendly demeanor associated with communities in the Midwest.  One of the aspects that appealed to my family was the environment for kids.  West Lafayette is a very family friendly community and is great for families with kids.

Away from Krannert...what do you do for fun?
Away from Krannert I enjoy exercising, lifting weights, and playing sports.  There are a number of club sports and intermural leagues in which Krannert students participate.