In the days leading up to the IUPUI Top 100 Outstanding Students Recognition Dinner, we will be featuring the Kelley students who were named among IUPUI’s Top 100 students in 2018.
What has been your favorite experience so far at Kelley?
Jake: There is a tie: serving as a research assistant for Christopher Porter and having the privilege to study abroad with Professor Elizabeth Malatestinic. In both, I experienced high levels of growth personally and professionally, and I got to know some of the amazing Kelley faculty and staff members.
What has been your favorite class and why?
Organizational Behavior with Ryan Outlaw. The topic was fascinating, and I truly felt that I learned the material and had fun at the same time (maybe I like school too much). Plus, I was on a team project with some of my best friends in the program, reinforcing the fun aspect.
If you had to pick one professor who has impacted you the most while at Kelley, who would it be?
Christopher O.L.H. Porter. He is modest and will shrug this off, but my entire life trajectory changed after meeting him.
Where do you see yourself after you graduate?
After undergraduate, I am on course to attend a Management Ph.D. program. In five years, I hope to conduct research at an academic institution. Overall, I could not be more thankful for Christopher Porter and Ryan Outlaw for their guidance and support as I learned more about the field.
Favorite activity/extracurricular activity that you have been involved in while at Kelley?
Again, it would have to be the opportunity to be a research assistant for Christopher Porter in the last year and a half. In this span of time, I learned about the research process, organizational behavior topics, and careers in academia from a person who has been conducting research since his freshman year in HIS undergraduate. I learn something new each meeting, and it excites me to continue to build on this foundation for the rest of my career. While enjoying the present, I cannot wait until my relationship with Professor Porter morphs from a professor to a colleague and dear friend.
What is your advice to current Kelley students?
Our faculty are pretty cool and always willing to help. Without getting to know the productive Kelley faculty, I would not have the opportunities I have today.
To put it in perspective of my experience, if I did not maintain a strong enough GPA, I could not have studied abroad with Professor Malatestinic. If I did not attend the program, Professor Malatestinic would never have known me enough to recommend me to Professor Porter. Without demonstrating ability and conscientiousness to Professors Porter and Outlaw, they would not have recommended me to their peers at Ph.D. programs in their studies. I cannot stress how important these relationships are and how they impacted my undergraduate and future experiences.
What is your Kelley moment?
I have two:
- My freshman year, I woke up late for our Gleaner’s Food Bank service shift as part of the BUS-X103 freshman seminar curriculum. Luckily, I woke up early enough that the class had not departed for the service site. Frantically, I called our advisor, Loren Bumbalough, and she had the driver stop by my downtown apartment to pick me up. When the bus arrived, my peers waited patiently as they observed a lanky, curly-haired kid (me) sprinting after the bus and apologizing profusely. Safe to say my Kelley experience began on the right foot.
- The other one would have to be the Kelley Snapchat takeover. While I would cringe if I re-watched it, I had an absolute blast and thought it embodied my Kelley and IUPUI experience well.