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Christina Core, Alumna
B.S. Chemical Engineering '21
Hometown: Hudson, OH
"Purdue Engineering is an extremely hard program, and some days will be harder than others, but you have to persevere and keep going. Surround yourself with determined and ambitious people. Make time for yourself and your mental health."

Going into her first-year, Christina was not exactly sure which engineering discipline she wanted to focus on. At first Christina was leaning towards Biomedical Engineering (BME) because she wanted to develop prosthetics, but she always had a passion for cooking, hair care, and skin care. Christina was able to get help from MEP by talking with other students who had already selected their engineering majors and they provided her with their experiences.

MEP is how Christina became interested in Chemical Engineering (ChE) it was not even a major she considered at the beginning, but Christina learned that she could pursue BME through ChE; in addition, she could pursue her passion for cooking and hair/skin-care through ChE as well. Once Christina got into ChE, MEP opened the doors for her to connect with other students who were also in her major. With large class sizes, it was always great to see familiar faces and people who looked like her. 

Christina's advice to incoming students, "Never hesitate to reach out for help. It took me a long time to accept this advice because I always thought I could do things on my own. So, I had to learn the hard way by struggling through classes when I could have just reached out to my professor or the TAs for help. It also helps if you have a group of friends in your classes that you can rely on for help when you don't understand a certain subject or problem."

After Christina graduated in May 2021, she moved to Minneapolis, MN to work at General Mills Headquarters as a Research and Development (R&D) Engineer. 

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