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2012-2013 Senior Cadet Profiles

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Andersen, Bryson

Andersen, Bryson
  • Hometown: Newfields, NH
  • Major: Management
  • Hobbies, Interests, Passions: Running, fitness, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
  • Why Purdue: I wanted a change of scenery after high school; I loved New England but was ready for something a little different. Purdue's campus, reputation, and atmosphere were exactly what I was looking for without being too far from family.
  • Why Army ROTC: I had always had an interest in serving in the military, and learning about the ROTC program in high school, it sounded like the path for me.
  • Advice to New Cadets: Time management will be your best friend or worst nightmare. Finishing school is not a measure of intelligence, rather a measure of being prepared to think ahead. Stay on top of your schoolwork and learn to prioritize tasks. If you can manage your time well, life will be much less chaotic.
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Bryant, Nathanial B.

Bryant, Nathanial B.
  • Hometown: Franklin, Indiana
  • Major: History
  • Why Army ROTC: I wanted to be an Army officer and serve my country, but I also wanted to attend a real public university, like Purdue.
  • Advice to New Cadets: Study what you need to study, keep your grades up, but above all have fun, you're in college.
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Cumings, Keifer

Cumings, Keifer
  • Hometown: Muncie, Indiana
  • Major: Animal sciences/Pre-vet
  • Hobbies, Interests, Passions: I enjoy practicing martial arts and meditation. I am a huge fan of adventure time and regular show and watch it whenever it is on. One of my biggest passions is playing soccer.
  • Why Purdue: Ever since I was in elementary school I wanted to go to Purdue because of the veterinary college. I also knew that Purdue was an outstanding college no matter what you were getting a degree in. Once I was accepted the choice was easy.
  • Why Army ROTC: I was unsure if I wanted to join the military even though my family has an extensive military background. ROTC was something that came after I moved onto campus. I was walking to class and I saw the army ROTC out running and calling cadence and it made me want to join the program.
  • Advice to New Cadets: There are going to be days that get you down. Do not let them affect your overall experience in the program and at Purdue. Learn from those days and those experiences. Apply what you learn and you will become a quality leader.
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DaWalt, Olivia

DaWalt, Olivia
  • Hometown: Peoria, Illinois
  • Major: OLS
  • Why Purdue: Purdue has a great atmosphere, traditions, and reputation for being an elite school with a great ROTC program.
  • Why Army ROTC: I wanted to be an Army officer and serve my country.
  • Advice to New Cadets: Stay on top of your grades early. It is very difficult to make up for mistakes in your later years.
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Fuller, Nathan

Fuller, Nathan
  • Hometown: New Palestine, IN
  • Major: Chemical Engineering
  • Hobbies, Interests, Passions: Reading, spending time with friends and family.
  • Why Purdue: I chose Purdue because it has one of the best engineering programs in the country and it is not too far from home.
  • Why Army ROTC: I wanted to serve my country but also go to college. ROTC seemed like the best way for me to do both.
  • Advice to New Cadets: Keep trying. At times life will suck but you grow stronger through adversity.
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Gerka, Daniel

Gerka, Daniel
  • Hometown: New Albany, IN
  • Major: Computer Science
  • Why Purdue: Purdue has a reputation for excellence in practical academics and my civilian education is of great importance to me in addition to my Army training.
  • Why Army ROTC: Military operations are often the most interesting part of history, so the chance to be a part of it while working with highly competent individuals and getting my education paid for was too much to pass up.
  • Advice to New Cadets: Much of the information passed out in this program is going to be aimed over your heads to second- and third-year cadets, but the more questions you ask and the more of that information you reach up and pull down to you, the better you'll fare and the more you'll get out of your time here.
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Huang, Yu

Huang, Yu
  • Hometown: Terre Haute, IN
  • Major: Aerospace and Aeronautical Engineering
  • Hobbies, Interests, Passions: Singing, Reading (novels or scientific magazines), travel around and see different part of the world, Computer.
  • Why Purdue: I have been fascinated by the outer space since childhood, when I get to choose what I want to learn, aeronautical was my top choice, Purdue offers a good program for me, plus it is the BEST school in Indiana, where I don't have to pay tons of money for tuition.
  • Why Army ROTC: I want to be part of a bigger picture and future develop myself, army ROTC offers a great learning ground for me, it solved my money issue with college as well.
  • Advice to New Cadets: Treat your first two years seriously and actually enjoy your ROTC time, don't treat it like a task you have to complete. Start working on your time management and social skills, college is a place to gain not just knowledge. Don't be afraid to seek advice from upper classmen, we are here to help, questions help us develop as well.
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Jordan, Parker

Jordan, Parker
  • Hometown: Sidney, Ohio
  • Major: Building Construction Management
  • Why Purdue: I came to Purdue for the experience of broadening my horizon and to be a student at the number one ranked Building Construction Management program in the nation.
  • Why Army ROTC: I feel that everyone has a duty to serve and I think that being able to serve and get an education is the best way to experience the military.
  • Advice to New Cadets: As a new cadet, the most important things to focus on are paying attention to detail, asking a lot of questions, having good time management skills, bonding with fellow cadets, and most quintessential have fun.
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Kruse, Adam

Kruse, Adam
  • Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
  • Major: Organizational Leadership and Supervision
  • Hobbies, Interests, Passions: Hunting, working out, and relaxing with family and my dog Cooper.
  • Why Purdue: Purdue gives you a great education from a University recognized around the world, and also it is not far from my hometown.
  • Why Army ROTC: Ever since I was a child I knew I wanted to be an Aviator and follow my day's footsteps. Army ROTC offered me the best choice to get my college education, and to get a head start on my aviation career.
  • Advice to New Cadets: Make time for yourself. ROTC and school will keep you very busy, but find a few hours a week to unwind and have fun to keep your sanity, and always KEEP UP ON YOUR SCHOOL WORK!
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Lakoff, Pete

Lakoff, Pete
  • Hometown: Richmond, IN
  • Major: Selling and Sales Management
  • Hobbies, Interests, Passions: I love the outdoors and I am a HUGE traveler. I love backpacking, camping, and being thrown into new experiences. I treasure each experience and try to learn as much as I can along the way.
  • Why Purdue: Both of my parents are boilermakers and my sister graduated from Purdue as well. It's sort of a family tradition!
  • Why Army ROTC: The training we do at Purdue is awesome. It is a great opportunity that very few people get to experience. I am constantly growing and learning from the training, as well as the people around me.
  • Advice to New Cadets: Approach everything in college with an open mind. If you do this, you will be able to grow faster and stronger than your peers. You will learn more and have better experiences throughout your entire collegiate process. Get involved in the program. Join the clubs and truly immerse yourself in the program. There is some incredible training available within the boiler battalion, do not miss these opportunities!
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Lacure, Clint David

Lacure, Clint David
  • Hometown: New Salisbury, Indiana
  • Major: Mechanical Engineering
  • Why Purdue: Good engineering program
  • Why Army ROTC: I can't really explain it. I just wanted to join.
  • Advice to New Cadets: Relax. Even if you are nervous, step up and lead. When you are in charge, be in charge and run the show. When you are not, be a good follower.
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Master, Alex

Master, Alex
  • Hometown: Plymouth, IN
  • Major: Computer & Information Technology (Concentration Network Engineering)
  • Hobbies, Interests, Passions: Target/Skeet and Trap Shooting, Working out, Computer builds and repairing, bonfires, and time home with family.
  • Why Purdue: I chose Purdue because they had a program for computer networking in IT that fit my interests perfectly, has an excellent ROTC program, and is somewhat close to home.
  • Why Army ROTC: The army offered to pay for 4 years of higher education. I also had always thought about serving my country, and this felt like the best way to do it. The program has helped me to be a better leader, and I have had a ton of fun along the way!
  • Other Things of Interest: After finishing my bachelor's degree, I hope to serve as an Army Intelligence Officer. I intend to go to graduate school and pursue a Master of Business Administration degree at some point in my career. If the Army does not become my full career, I plan to work my way into Information Technology Management in corporate America, or security work with one of the government agencies.
  • Advice to New Cadets: For school: Time management is the key to success. Find the balance between being bored and stretching yourself too thin. Be involved in the ROTC program, but also don't let it get in the way of you achieving your degree. When in leadership: Use common sense, and work closely with your peers. These two things have led me to success within our battalion and at Warrior Forge. And all in all, have fun with it!
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Miller, Matthew

Miller, Matthew
  • Hometown: Sandusky, OH
  • Major: Management and Accounting
  • Hobbies, Interests, Passions: I am quite passionate about keeping in touch with my friends. I was the only person from my area that decided to go to Purdue. When I first arrived here, I knew no one. Army ROTC and other activities on campus provided me a way to meet many great people. Even though several of my friends will be graduating, I do my best to keep in regular communication with them so that we can remain good friends.
  • Why Purdue: I first chose Purdue because of its reputation in engineering. I was happy to learn that my ROTC scholarship was for engineering. Even though I ended up switching into the business school, I regret nothing. Purdue’s reputation is not only for engineering. The atmosphere and people here are friendly and the environment reminds me of home.
  • Why Army ROTC: I chose Army ROTC because Purdue has one of the best ROTC programs in the nation. The program allowed me to meet new friends, develop myself as a leader, and helped me become a more confident person. Not only that, but the Military Science and Leadership classes have taught me several different aspects of Army Life that I did not know before.
  • Advice to New Cadets: : I’m still learning too much to have any new and shocking advice. The ROTC program has surrounded me with numerous good role models. One of them, Lieutenant Colonel Dion Bates, always had a way of putting things simply. His words are what I will use: “Study more, party less.” College and the ROTC program are very competitive. Staying on top of what is important helps in the long run.
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Needham, Bridget

Needham, Bridget
  • Hometown: Ventura, California
  • Major: Biology-Health and Disease
  • Why Purdue: Purdue was located close to home with a great science program that would offer many opportunities after graduating.
  • Why Army ROTC: After enlisting, ROTC was the best route to continue my education as well as advance my career in the military and the civilian world.
  • Advice to New Cadets: Always have a good attitude. No matter what you do, your attitude will impact what you do and how your peers and superiors see and respond to you.
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Noble, Eric A.

Noble, Eric A.
  • Hometown: Lafayette, Indiana
  • Major: Law and Society
  • Why Purdue: Being from the area, I've grown up with Purdue University shining throughout the town so I was naturally drawn towards it.
  • Why Army ROTC: I wanted to stray from the normal path of just going to college and getting a regular job afterwards. I joined for hopes that the Army will take me a long way.
  • Advice to New Cadets: Absorb as much knowledge as you can, pretty soon the Army is going to be your career so applying the knowledge you gain will likely help you succeed in the future.
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Nye, Justin

Nye, Justin
  • Hometown: Huntsville, AL
  • Major: Industrial Engineering
  • Hobbies, Interests, Passions: Shooting, hiking, fishing, and ultimate frisbee.
  • Why Purdue: I came to Purdue for their renowned engineering program.
  • Why Army ROTC: I joined Army ROTC since I wanted to serve my country.
  • Advice to New Cadets: Focus on time management, eat healthy, and conduct PT on your own to time.
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Rosenbalm, Dan

Rosenbalm, Dan
  • Hometown: Brownsburg, Indiana
  • Major: Crop and Soil Management
  • Why Purdue: I decided to come to Purdue because it is pretty close to home; also because Purdue has excellent academic programs and one of the best ROTC programs in the nation. When I got to Purdue I discovered that it is also a great campus full of great people.
  • Why Army ROTC: I have always wanted to serve my country. For me ROTC is one was to go to get a college education and serve. Even if you do not plan on spending your career in the military, ROTC can have great benefits for you like developing you as a leader, gaining responsibility and maturity, and not to mention paying for school.
  • Advice to New Cadets: Find out what you want to do in school. There are a lot of distractions in college, find what interests you and do your best to pursue it. Whatever you decide to do, time management is a critical skill that you must learn, not just in academics but in everything you do. Take time to enjoy the college experience, but keep in mind that ultimately you are in college to earn a degree.
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Scanlon, Sam

Scanlon, Sam
  • Hometown: Lafayette, IN
  • Major: Law and Society
  • Why Purdue: I grew up locally so I'd always liked Purdue and I wasn't ready to leave Lafayette area yet.
  • Why Army ROTC: I felt like it gave me the most promise for a future career.
  • Advice to New Cadets: Be active in the program and try to pick the brains of the Cadre and older cadets.
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Shields, Gabriel

Shields, Gabriel
  • Hometown: Mooresville, IN
  • Major: Civil Engineering
  • Hobbies, Interests, Passions: Camping, backpacking, concerts, football and basketball.
  • Why Purdue: My grandfather inspired me to come here for engineering after all the success he has enjoyed resulting from the education and experience he received here. I also value Big Ten athletics and the opportunities available through a large school.
  • Why Army ROTC: I wanted to join a branch to serve my country and learn to lead my peers.
  • Advice to New Cadets: Always keep your mind open and be willing to listen to others for advice, take feedback to be just as important as your own initiative.
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