Prior to graduating from Purdue, I worked with the Office of Future Engineers (OFE) as a communications intern. I had the opportunity to support marketing planning, social media management, and present recruitment material to families and students interested in pursuing the First-Year Engineering Program. Working as a social media intern for the OFE had great benefits for me both academically and professionally. It allowed me to gain skills in the area of communications, which allowed me to perform better in my technical classes when I wanted to convey ideas or concepts. It was also a great opportunity to learn how to perform in an office environment, rather than a classroom. Working in the OFE also taught me how to balance projects and was a great model for how to form employee/supervisor relationships.
My supervisors cared about both my academics and my life on campus, which made me feel like part of a smaller community. They also were very supportive of my academic workload, and allowed me to move my work schedule around when necessary in order to keep up with my classes. While on campus I was also involved in the Purdue Student Engineering Foundation (PSEF), and the Women in Engineering Program (WIEP).
Now that I have earned my chemical engineering degree from Purdue, I am looking forward to being immersed in the first steps of my career – working as a safety engineer at Ecolab in Joliet, IL.