Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering; minor in Computer Graphics Technology
How has being a part of PSEF benefited you academically and professionally?
I count myself lucky to be a part of any great organization on campus, and the Purdue Student Engineering Foundation (PSEF) is in my opinion the best around. I have the opportunity to meet so many great Boilermakers who pour their hearts into this organization; to better Purdue engineering and themselves.
PSEF has helped me grow as an individual. It has helped create a strong academic foundation through the help of study sessions, peer mentoring, and multiple classroom-aide resources. Being among so many likeminded people has helped me focus and develop new studying techniques to excel in the classroom and succeed. Fellow PSEF members have shown me how to utilize all that Purdue has to offer and the benefits of forming a relationship with your professors. But PSEF extends beyond the academic level, and establishes strong industrial connections for all members to benefit from in a professional manner.
I have been given access to connections in different industries across the nation to help me prepare for life beyond college. Past members actively reach out to us and openly help us in any way they can. Our broad expanse of Purdue alum in industry gives me the chance to learn more about what I want to do in my future and how to prepare for different challenges like interviews. We also have resume building sessions and a resume book which shows how to format your resume so you stand out and reveal your best qualities. Additionally our organization has two faculty sponsors and a professor that we work closely with. They have been my mentors here at Purdue, both inside and outside the classroom, and because of their passion for student success I know the direction that I want to head toward on a professional scale. PSEF has undoubtedly provided the tools necessary for any member to enter their professional field both prepared and experienced.
How has PSEF supported you throughout your time on campus?
PSEF is unique in that a small group of engineers at Purdue are able to come together to support, represent, and showcase our school all while becoming lifelong friends and colleagues. Our work is completely volunteer, and to know that there are an outstanding group of individuals who similarly want to give to Purdue and the engineering program makes me ecstatic. These people have become my second family and will always be there for them. They have pushed me to perform with excellence, they have encouraged going outside of Purdue and serving the local community, and they have shared their wisdom and experiences to help me make the right decisions as a student. I have learned from my peers what it means to be a Boilermaker and what gives me pride to wear gold and black.
One of my favorite things about PSEF is to share my experiences at Purdue as an engineer with prospective students. If I am enjoying it so much at Purdue and I couldn’t be happier, then I want others to have what I have. My goal is to set the inner fire in each student to pursue their dreams and make the most of their collegiate experiences.
What other organizations are you involved in on campus?
Other than PSEF, I am also involved in Greek life on campus as a brother in the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity, a seasonal member of the Purdue Swim Club, an active staff member of the Christian retreat Boiler Awakening, and a recurring Intramurals player.
Do you know what you would like to do after earning your degree?
With my degree, I am looking towards working on the design of aeronautical systems and aircraft. But after earning my degree, I am more interested in attending graduate school to receive my MBA. This is very important to me, and I am still unsure where I would go. However, Purdue is specifically in my sights for graduate school because of their unique Engineering Management masters program they offer.
What advice do you have for incoming freshman at Purdue?
The one piece of advice that I always give to freshman is to get involved on campus. Our campus organizations will give you the best experiences here at Purdue. You will have plenty of free time your first semester to join clubs and sports team, so find a couple of things that interest you and jump on it! You will find that many of these people in the clubs with you will become your best friends and help you throughout your years here.