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Emilia Czyszczon

Emilia CzyszczonMy name is Emilia Czyszczon.

And I am living my dreams at Purdue.

I grew up in Chicago and when it came time to apply to colleges my dad, a Boilermaker civil engineer, took me to Purdue.

As soon as I got out of the car I just knew this was the place for me. It was what I was looking for, a campus where you feel welcome, comfortable –like a family. In high school I dreamed I would be able to do research as an undergraduate. But what has happened exceeds all my dreams. 

I’m doing my own work with amazing faculty to help. I’ve received my own research grant. When my work is published my name will be at the top. I’m majoring in biological engineering and I plan to enroll in graduate school to continue my research. I know it’s a bold statement to say I’d like to win a Nobel Prize. But I want to make a difference in the lives of people. And I set my sights high.

Whenever I consider taking the easy route I think about my father. He came to the United States from Poland and worked in the steels mills of Indiana before enrolling at Purdue in 1964. He wasn’t even fluent in English at the time. But he worked hard and succeeded. With the opportunities I have at Purdue, I will too.

My name is my name is Emilia Czyszczon. And thanks to donor support, I am living my dreams at Purdue.