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Meet the Student Team

Meet the Students who Created Steps to Leaps

The Steps to Leaps student team started off comprised of four student interns from various disciplines. This group has grown and works to create learning modules and social media content to help their fellow students build lifelong habits leading to fortitude and success.


Shivangi Agarwal

Shivangi Agarwal

“Steps to Leaps will be an exciting program to be interning for, especially when it is my first time in an internship. I think that I can gain skills and knowledge required for future career and experiences. It may provide me with the opportunities to meet new people and build long lasting relationships.”

Shivangi Agarwal is a first-year engineering student from New Delhi, India. She is interested in pursuing computer engineering as she loves coding and participating in hackathons. Shivangi is involved in the Purdue University Women in Engineering Program and she looks forward to an exciting and adventurous time at Purdue.


Ethan Elijah Carter

“My dream is that you graduate with the ability to accomplish whatever you want in this world and Steps to Leaps gives you the tools."

Ethan Carter is a senior from Aurora, Colorado, majoring in computer science. Ethan handles recruitment for Purdue Musical Organization’s Heart and Soul vocal ensemble. He also conducts The Purdue Express, a group that presents a stage performance to high school students highlighting Purdue’s history, academic majors, campus life and cultural and artistic diversity. Currently, Ethan is president of Acacia Fraternity and a receptionist at Bailey Hall.


Yvonne Chen

I have had a really good time working with campus leaders in student development. It’s always inspiring when great ideas from different perspectives collide and merg e into even better ideas, especially when these ideas will help every Boilermaker become successful in their own way.  

Yvonne Chen is a senior from Kaohsiung, Taiwan, majoring in biomedical engineering. Yvonne worked as outreach director for Timmy Global Health, an Indianapolis-based nonprofit that expands access to healthcare and empowers students to tackle today’s most pressing global health challenges. Yvonne was involved in Boiler Gold Rush International and UR Global. Currently, she is the director of professional development for Alpha Eta Mu Beta, National Biomedical Engineering Honor Society, a tutor for the Women in Engineering Program (WIEP) and a coxswain for Purdue Crew.

MaKenna Elaine Doherty

MaKenna Elaine Doherty

“Steps to Leaps is a truly unique program that aims to advance all Purdue students to the forefronts of their ever-growing development and well-being. I am excited to be a part of a team that acts as a catalyst for the betterment of Purdue students.”

MaKenna Elaine Doherty is a junior from Carmel, Indiana, majoring in public relations and strategic communication. She is president of the Purdue Chapter of the Association for Women in Communication and the public relations director for the CLA International Student Council . In April 2020, MaKenna will travel to Chuo University in Japan to study abroad for a semester and she looks forward to advancing her language skills while there.

Khushboo Jain

Khushboo Jain

“When I first came to Purdue as an international student, I really respected and valued the support I got from my resident assistant, Boiler Gold Rush team leader and advisor. Knowing how valuable that impact can be, I want to be able to provide the same experience for someone else and Steps to Leaps gives me that opportunity.”

Khushboo Jain is a sophomore in the Purdue Honors College majoring in finance. Raised in Thailand where she lived for 11 years, Khushboo moved to India in 2014. She has been a Team Leader International for 25 students during Boiler Gold Rush and is the public relations director for Hawkins Hall. In 2019, Khushboo was selected as one of the top 100 students of Krannert School of Management to attend the Doster Leadership Conference as a member of the Larsen Leaders Academy. In April 2018, Khushboo was named a U.S. News and Global Education distinguished student for being amongst the top international students around the world with exceptional performance in academic and extra-curricular activities.

Ahmad Enosh Kazem

Ahmad Enosh Kazem

“Steps to Leaps is a safety net for all Purdue students, while at the same time, it is also a launchpad to take everyone to the next level. I am excited about the vision to help all students succeed in and out of the classroom, equipping students with the tools to succeed during their time at Purdue and beyond.”

Ahmad Enosh Kazem is a graduate student from West Lafayette, Indiana, studying food science. He graduated from Purdue with a Bachelor of Science in Food Science in 2011. Ahmad enjoys being a teaching assistant and has completed a teaching certification with Purdue’s Center for Instructional Excellence . Ahmad has benefited from the Steps to Leaps resources made available at the student launch in fall 2019, enjoying the supportive environment with peers. Ahmad states that he is a Boilermaker all the way!

Jill An Reabe

Jill An Reabe

“As people come into college life, there is a need to get people started off right, as well as sustain success. I’m excited to work on Steps to Leaps because what we develop will enable students to realize their strengths and help them navigate the challenges one faces in college and beyond.”

Jill Reabe is a sophomore from Granger, Indiana, studying communication. She is involved in the College of Liberal Arts Career Ambassadors , a group that helps students on their career paths and hosts professional development and networking opportunities. Jill also serves as secretary on the Liberal Arts Student Council .


Anna Riley

“I have proudly used almost every resource on campus. I’ve changed my major… a few times. At Purdue I’ve had my highest high and my lowest low. I want Steps to Leaps to give students the courage to make the most of their college experience, so they can leave feeling ever grateful and ever true.”  

Anna Riley is a junior from Lafayette, Indiana, majoring in communication. Anna is on the Student Life Advisory Board for Dr. Beth McCuskey, Vice Provost for Student Life. She is a staff member of the Boiler Awakening retreat at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center and active in the SKY meditation organization at Purdue. She is a resident assistant at McCutcheon Hall. We have Anna to thank as the student who gave Steps to Leaps its name!