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Paul Planker

Meet Paul planker

Major: finance and marketing

Why did you choose Krannert? 

I chose to come to Purdue on the last possible day during my senior year of high school. I have a passion for law, and I wanted a degree that would make me versatile in a field that is so often lacking in numerical analysis. Krannert provided a unique opportunity to collaborate with students from around the world and a chance to maximize my potential outside of the classroom. I have been blessed to be a part of the Krannert Family.

What is your favorite Purdue memory so far?

During my freshman year, my roommates and I hosted an impromptu snow war. With a great deal of snow on the ground, we went outside in our snow gear and built a fort as best as we could. When people would pass, we would challenge them to snowball duels. Our fort must have been intimidating, though, because no one would take us up on our offer. Growing tired of our own recruitment failure, we eventually began chanting that we were the “Snow Kings” to everyone passing by. After an hour or so of building and laughing at ourselves, we turned to head back inside. Before we could reach the door, a car whipped up next to us. Four total strangers armed to the teeth with snowballs peeled out of the car claiming to be the “Snow Kings” and winter war ensued. Blows were exchanged, and our fort was our saving grace. The true “Snow Kings” of Purdue University held their ground, and we ended the day feeling like heroes.

 

❝  Krannert provided a unique opportunity to collaborate with students from around the world and a chance to maximize my potential outside of the classroom.

Why did you decide to join the School of Management Council (SMC)?

SMC provided an opportunity to grow professionally and relationally as soon as I came to Krannert. The older SMC members were so accomplished and polished, and I so badly wanted to learn from them. Joining SMC was one of the best decisions I made my freshman year.

What has been the biggest benefit of being part of SMC?

As with all of Purdue, the people, my fellow Boilermakers, have made the experience so great. The School of Management Council is comprised of truly some of the most talented individuals at Purdue University, and they have made every second of my time on council a pleasure.

Describe the major events SMC does every year.

Our club is comprised of a cabinet and four separate committees. Each committee is challenged to create two events per semester. Some of these events include service projects, Town Hall, Krannert Week, DEI efforts, and many engaging speaker events and company seminars.

What has SMC added to your college experience both socially and from a professional development standpoint?

I have always been a very social being, but this organization has shed a light on what it means to rest and work well. I have made friends with each member of the Council, and I am so lucky to work with people who are as kind as they are talented. I have been blessed with a chance to lead an organization that I love, and I am proud to be an encouragement for the amazing students that I get to work with. Leading is easy with a team that likes to work as much as mine does.

I am reminded daily of how lucky I am to be a Purdue student through the love of my roommates, coworkers, and colleagues. So many amazing people have encouraged me in my journey to grow as a friend, leader, and man, and Purdue’s emphasis on collaboration and teamwork has fueled my love for others as much as the University itself. 

Why would you recommend SMC to other students?

The School of Management Council is highly involved with all of the inner-workings of Krannert. Any student interested in making friends, owning a large-scale project, and creating a positive student atmosphere would benefit from time on the Council.

What other extra-curricular activities do you participate in? What have you learned from those experiences?

In my time at Purdue, I have served as a Central Committee member for Old Masters, a Purdue Ambassador, a PSG director, a Campus House Hospitality Leader, a Paint Crew Advisory Board member, and a barista at Greyhouse on Chauncey Square. I have learned to love letting others take charge. I have discovered that I am a gifted cheerleader and support person, and I am proud to lead when I need to and ready to serve when I have the opportunity to do so.

Other than clubs, what has made a major difference to you when it comes to your college experience?

Without a doubt, my community has made my Purdue experience so rich. I am reminded daily of how lucky I am to be a Purdue student through the love of my roommates, coworkers, and colleagues. So many amazing people have encouraged me in my journey to grow as a friend, leader, and man, and Purdue’s emphasis on collaboration and teamwork has fueled my love for others as much as the University itself.

Tell us about your internship(s), and/or tell us about what you will be doing after graduation. 

I have worked in a variety of roles since my time at Purdue began. I served as a financial intern at the Indiana State Fairgrounds and Event Center, an intern for a COVID-relief startup, and this summer I will be a financial intern with Elanco Animal Health in Indianapolis. I cannot wait to use creativity and my financial knowledge to help Elanco’s marketing team!

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