Where are you from?
What year are you?
What is your degree program and anticipated graduation date?
MSHRM (December 2015)
On Campus Organizations/Leadership:
President- Purdue Society for Human Resource Management Chapter
Received the 2015 Krannert Impact Award
Held the MSHRM first-year rep position for KGSA from September 2014-March 2015
Why should a prospective student choose the Krannert School?
As a double Boilermaker, I am admittedly biased but I firmly believe that I would not have found an experience like Krannert elsewhere. The atmosphere at Krannert is unique and inclusive and is home to students from over 22 countries and 18 US states. The opportunities at Krannert are endless. As a Master of Science in Human Resource Management (MSHRM) student I have the chance to take challenging MBA courses, travel the globe, enhance my leadership skills on a club board, regularly interact with alumni, and participate in experiential learning initiatives. You will not get this kind of experience elsewhere!
How would you describe the Krannert faculty?
The faculty at Krannert is fantastic! They are very supportive and challenge you to think in a different way. Their unique perspectives are backed by years of industry experience and knowledge, which gives the student an unmatched academic experience.
What have you been able to learn from the diverse backgrounds of your peers?
At Krannert you have the opportunity to collaborate with students from around the world with a variety of work experiences. I have had a great experience learning from my classmates. As a student with no full-time work experience, I appreciate the unique perspective that my classmates bring. They help me apply the information I learn in class to real life experiences and challenge me to approach business problems in a different way.
What do you enjoy doing for fun when you are outside of Krannert?
Separate from Krannert, I like to spend time with my family and friends, read, and craft. The majority of decorations in my apartment are canvas paintings that I have created. I cheer for the Colts and Pacers in addition to cheering for my Boilermakers. I also volunteer at the Lafayette Crisis Center which is part of Mental Health America. I have been a volunteer for three years and a trainer for two. I am passionate about the work that I do with the crisis center!
Is there anything else you'd like people to know about you?
This past summer I was an HRLP intern with GE Healthcare. My internship was with the Business Development department focusing primarily on M&A activities involving current acquisitions, divestitures, and joint ventures. I was involved in HR activities pertaining to the M&A process, which included conducting external benefits analyses for new business ventures, driving due diligence processes for current acquisitions and dispositions, and analyzing retention scenarios for current divestiture projects to determine the need for employee retention packages. I also sought out a project external to my department to gain an even larger exposure to the business. This project involved conducting an internal research project to understand why employees do or do not give to a local GE-supported charity campaign. The MSHRM and MBA core curriculum helped prepare me to speak the language of the business. HR is a valued strategic function at GE and HR employees are expected to understand the business. My major takeaway from my experience was gaining a thorough understanding of how HR plays a strategic role in impacting GE as a company, and more specifically the M&A process.