Why did you choose Krannert?
I chose Krannert because of the Dr. Cornell A. Bell Business Opportunity Program and the amount of success and job opportunities that Krannert students have been able to achieve.
What is your favorite Purdue memory so far?
One of my favorite Purdue memories would have to be freshman year after Purdue won against Ohio State and everyone rushed the field.
Why did you decide to join the Society of Minority Managers (SMM)?
I joined SMM because of the support and community that it provides for minority business students within Krannert.
What has been the biggest benefit of being part of SMM?
There are so many benefits, from professional development to networking with people who genuinely want you to succeed. The community and family environment aspect has been the biggest benefit of being a member because everyone is so close and is always willing to help.
Describe the types of events SMM does every year.
There are so many events that SMM hosts throughout the year, but our major events are geared towards networking with professionals and giving back to the community.
What has SMM added to your college experience both socially and from a professional development standpoint?
Through SMM, I was able to develop myself professionally and learn skills that I was then able to use during interviews, internships, and when connecting with recruiters. I’ve also been able to meet my best friends through SMM.
Why would you recommend this club to other students?
The opportunities, relationships, and professional development that are made available for all members of SMM encourages everyone to be successful both in and outside of the classroom.
What other extra-curricular activities do you participate in? What have you learned from those experiences?
Something else that takes up most of my time is working at Hillenbrand Hall. I’ve been a student worker there for about two years now and it’s taught me to how to balance school and work. Through my job,I’ve also been able to meet the amazing individuals that help keep Purdue residence halls up and running.
Other than clubs, what has made a major difference to you when it comes to your college experience? It could be a person, an event, a class, an experience, etc. Tell us about it.
Coming from a small high school, I remember freshman year I was so nervous for classes and meeting professors. I soon learned after my first semester that professors really want to see their students succeed within their classroom and as a professional. I’ve had the opportunity to speak with some of my professors about their career paths and advice that students should know when starting their careers. These types of connections have provided me with guidance and further insight into what career path I want to pursue.
Tell us about your internship(s), and/or tell us about what you will be doing after graduation.
SMM and Krannert has provided me with so many amazing opportunities from the start. As a freshman, I was able to obtain an internship with Plante Moran and participate in various programs with companies such as PwC, KPMG, and P&G. After sophomore year, I took part in KPMG’s EMBARK internship, and this coming summer I will be returning in their Audit program. These opportunities have allowed me to learn more about the accounting field and displayed the various career paths that are available to me.