Purdue University North Central student Kara Moon, of Valparaiso, knew she wanted to attend PNC to earn her Purdue degree.
The self-described “home body” said that she felt comfortable with the idea of living at home while attending classes at PNC.
“I have the advantages of small classes, opportunities to get involved on campus and having a more affordable tuition,” she said.
While she was a senior at Morgan Township High School, Moon looked forward to pursuing a career in elementary education. She explained, “I was part of the work-study vocational program at the Porter County Career Center and our class combined with the marketing class on Tuesdays. One day the Jimmy John’s (Gourmet Sandwiches) marketing team came to our class. I thought they did the coolest job. Not only did they help me decide to change my major, but they got me hooked on their sandwiches, too. Those sneaky people! Ever since that day, I’ve been really excited about marketing.”
Today, Moon is a Business major with a concentration in Marketing. “I have a lot of plans for the future, but right now I’m focused on maintaining my grades and staying involved as much as I possibly can with activities.”
Her fall semester grades earned her a spot on the PNC semester honors list. Her on-campus activities include being a member of the Chancellor’s Leadership Seminar and a member of the Dean’s Leadership Group.
“I’ve had a lot of great experiences at PNC, but the Dean’s Leadership Group is at the top of the list,” said Moon. “I’ve met a lot of people and have been able to be part of many different, interesting activities. It’s been great.”
She was co-chair of the Dean’s Leadership Group food drive to collect Thanksgiving baskets that were distributed to LaPorte and Porter county families.
“We had a great response,” she noted. “We helped 30 families.”
In September, she was among the PNC students invited to join their peers from across Indiana to take part in U.S. Senator Richard Lugar's second annual Collegiate Energy Summit in Indianapolis to speak about the PNC RideShare initiative.
“That was cool,” said Moon of the experience.
Next, she intends to get involved with the PNC Student Government Association.
And through it all, she has yet to miss a class.
Off campus, she was a 10-year 4-H member and is a member of the Porter County Junior Fair Board. She recently became a fair project superintendent. She also works in a local retail store.
“Balancing work, school and everything else in between is overwhelming at times,” she admits. “But somehow I manage. However, I would be completely lost without my post-it note to-do lists.”
She has never regretted her decision to attend Purdue North Central.
“Going to school and getting a degree is one of the best investments a person can make. I would definitely recommend PNC to anyone, any day. It has a lot of advantages and opportunities. It’s everything I ever wanted in a college.”