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From Military Service to Graduate Business School

From Military Service to Graduate Business School


[MUSIC] I was looking for a school that would be
very well-regarded in the business world. My commanding officer
was a Purdue graduate, a Krannert graduate of the MSIA program. And he was a big advocate of
me looking at Krannert for my human resources degree
because he used his education here at Krannert in his
everyday life in the military. Where you get your degree from matters,
and Krannert is very well-regarded.
>>I knew that it was definately a very
military-friendly school. They have a great veteran
success center over here. Also, they actually have the value
of their Purdue education though, as well.
>>It had been 14 years since I had been in an academic setting. 14 years is a long time, and yeah,
I was absolutely nervous coming back and how writing papers and
doing research has changed in 14 years. But once I was here,
the support network that Purdue has and Krannert and
specifically their student services. Everybody’s here to help you. And since I’ve been here, I’ve never felt
like I was overwhelmed by those academics.>>There were a ton of military, spent a lot of time driving around
down in the South and the Southwest. I’ve been stationed all over the world. And when you tell somebody, hey,
I graduated from Purdue University, their eyes light up. But that reputation, that weight that the Purdue name carried
with it was definitely a big factor for me in choosing to come back here.
>>Krannert has a very well-regarded reputation within the Coast Guard. A lot of senior officers within
the Coast Guard are Krannert graduates. The network of Krannert alumnis within
the Coast Guard is large and influential, and I wanted to be part of that.
>>Both coming from a military background and coming here to Krannert,
you’re definitely, I think you’re gonna have an advantage
over other students from other programs. With being able to handle high amounts of
stress, having prior leadership roles, being able to work well in a team. And then combining that here with the
strong analytical program that they have. And also the global mindset that I think
they really promote here at Krannert, I think it’s gonna prepare anyone for whatever career path they
choose once they graduate. Knowing how much data and analytics is
growing as an important need within the business world, I wanted to get an HR
degree that was heavy in analytics also. And Krannert gives me that opportunity. [MUSIC]>>One of the impressions I got from
Krannert early on was the feeling of a well-oiled machine,
kind of like a small team in the military. One of the things that attracted me to
Perdue is that we can all be really close together, and we have been. Just kind of like it mirrors
a team in the military. When I was in the Navy, sailors were all really, really close
together, very close-knit group. And I feel the same kind of vibe here
at Krannert with all my classmates. [MUSIC]


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