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Combined degree program exceptional opportunity for HR student

Ariana with two of her Krannert mentors.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

During my senior year of high school, I looked at so many different universities hoping to find a great Human Resources program. After doing a lot of research, I came across a unique and outstanding program at Purdue, the MSHRM Combined Degree program. It wasn’t only the fact that it is the #1 Master’s in Human Resources Management in North America, but also the idea of graduating in 4-and-a-half years with both degrees that made me realize that this was the perfect program and school for me.

Last week, I received the amazing news that I was accepted into this program and that I will be starting my Master’s in HRM during my senior year, in August of 2020. With this accomplishment, there are two main things I learned: the importance of being persistent and of taking advantage of the opportunities around you.

I remember how scared I was when I read the requirements of the program. Things like a minimum 3.7 GPA, 1 professional internship, 108 credit hours and leadership on campus seemed impossible. Thankfully, I told my advisor about my interest in and commitment to this program since day 1 and was given all the resources and support from everybody in Krannert to make this happen. There were definitely some occasions when I found myself taking too many classes at the same time or when the workload seemed unmanageable, but it is important to keep the right mindset and motivation, to keep working hard and move forward. In these moments I stopped, took a deep breath, remembered why I wanted to do this program, and was able to get that extra fuel to keep me going.

The other thing I learned is that Krannert and Purdue in general have so many opportunities for students, but it is easy to miss them. That is why it is so important to talk to your advisor, professors and friends about your interests and follow your school on social media so that you are always aware of the things that are happening around you. I believe that the key to success in college is always being open to new opportunities.

Maybe a master’s degree is not something for you or not something you are interested in at this moment, but Krannert will always have something for you. Whether it is a club, a class or a friend, make sure to stay on the lookout for these experiences outside of academics that will make your time at Purdue unforgettable.


Ariana Loor is a junior from Ecuador pursuing a major in General Management with a focus in Human Resources Management.
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