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Find Your Right Fit - Lia Roudebush wants to help prospective students make the most of their time

Lia Roudebush


Lia with a friend at a marathon
I loved the small-community feel of Purdue, including running the Boilermaker Half-Marathon with fellow Boilers.

Hello! My name Lia Roudebush, and I am in the Master of Science in Finance (MSF) program at Purdue University with expected graduation in May of 2024. Prior to this, I completed my Bachelor of Science in Business with concentrations in Accounting & Finance at an Indiana University regional campus. Most of my experience is in accounting, but towards the end of my undergraduate program, I found myself enjoying the finance coursework more. I decided to pursue a MS Finance because I wanted to deepen my knowledge of finance while also reaching the 150-credit hour requirement to make myself eligible to sit for the CPA exam if I end up pursuing that path.

I chose Purdue’s Daniels School of Business for my master’s education because I wanted the opportunities a larger university could offer, but with a closer, small community feel. Purdue’s reputation speaks for itself, and I felt at home every time I stepped on campus - even before officially accepting my offer. The value I experienced from my time at Purdue through networking and professional opportunities as well as social and campus life is immeasurable.

Lia cheering on the Purdue football team with a friend
I loved cheering with fellow Boilermakers at Ross-Ade Stadium.

Before making my decision to come to Purdue, I had a lot of questions. While the staff in the Krannert Institute of Graduate Studies Office were extremely helpful and eager to answer questions, I would have loved to have had the opportunity to talk to current students about their experiences. Unibuddy is the perfect place for prospective students to connect with current students and ask any questions related to life at Purdue. These questions could be about a program and its coursework, what it’s like to live in West Lafayette, opportunities beyond the walls of Krannert and Rawls, what kinds of support and resources are available, and anything in between. There are a lot of things to consider when choosing the right-fit master’s program, and I can only imagine that getting answers to some of the aforementioned questions from students who have been through the process themselves would have further solidified my decision.

Additionally, Unibuddy allows committed students to connect before arriving on campus. My very first introduction to my cohort was on orientation day. Seeing familiar names and faces is always nice so engaging with my classmates before arrival could have relieved some of the nervousness I felt originally. As a Business School Ambassador, I am very excited to be part of this great resource on the other side of the table because I know how useful it would have been when I was a prospective student!

Lia Roudebush

The best piece of advice I have for future Daniels School of Business graduate students is to make the most of your time at Purdue. With graduation right around the corner, it’s unbelievable that my time here is already coming to a close. The past 9 months have flown by and looking back, I wouldn’t change a thing. Your experience is what you make of it so to get the most out of it. I cannot stress the importance of building relationships with your peers and faculty, attending the networking events, participating in the case competitions and experiential learning, and stepping outside the walls of Krannert and Rawls. Purdue has SO many great opportunities beyond the classroom, but it is up to you to take advantage of them.

As always, Boiler Up!

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