December 2008 Graduate
When Jared Mrozinske earned his Bachelor’s degree in Communication from Purdue University North Central in December, he had definite ideas of what he wanted to do with his life.
A former collegiate baseball player, he knew he wanted to pursue a career in sports – perhaps as a general manager for a minor league baseball team, or as an administrator of a high school or college athletic department.
We worked hard to align his course work and activities to help him pursue his goal. While he was still at student at PNC, he spent two summers as an intern with the South Bend Silver Hawks baseball team. First as a ticket sales intern, then as a marketing and promotions intern.
Today, he is an intern in the University of Notre Dame athletic department gaining valuable experience that he will someday use as a professional. He has plans to eventually earn his MBA.
“I have had to work very hard to get to this position,” said Mrozinske. “I am fortunate to have a supportive family and I am very appreciative of all the opportunities that have been presented to me.”
While he was a student at PNC, he played left field for the baseball team for one season, something he definitely enjoyed.
“I enjoyed my year on the baseball team very much,” he said. “It was my first year at PNC and it gave me a chance to meet new people and make new friends.
“But I always made school my number one priority. During the semester from Monday through Thursday I was all business as I worked on my studies during the day and went to work at night. On weekends I spent time with my family and friends and had a social life. Weekends gave me a chance to relax and refresh before Monday came.”
This system worked well for him. He excelled in class and his grades earned him a place on the honors list semester after semester. He was inducted into Lambda Pi Eta, the official honor society of the National Communication Association.
One of his favorite experiences at PNC was participating in the Oral Interpretation Presentations that were a part of the classes taught by Dr. Daniel Padberg. “He always did a great job in putting a fantastic program together,” said Mrozinske.
This was a change for a student who started college as an accounting major at another school in Indiana. That situation didn’t quite suit him and he came to PNC.
“PNC was an affordable, easily accessible option. It has an outstanding faculty,” said Mrozinske. “The professors know you by name and the classes are small enough for them to give you the attention you need. On top of that, PNC carries the Purdue University name.”
As a recent graduate, Mrozinske has ready advice for anyone considering college. “It can be tough, especially during your first year,” he admits. “You have to learn what ways are best for you to study. No one is going to watch over you, so you need to have accountability. If you work hard and go to class, there is no reason why you can’t succeed. But always remember, success in college takes a lot of hard work.”