Spring 2009 Graduate
Purdue University North Central graduate Matthew M. Adams, of Crown Point, is attending the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University to pursue his Master of Science degree in Information Systems.
Even though he’s only been in class for a few days, he has a clear plan for his future. After earning his degree in Computer Information Technology with a networking emphasis and intends to pursue a career as a business technologist and “go wherever the wind takes me!”
As a PNC student, Adams found he could “receive a great education with a more personal touch. I chose PNC because I wanted to get a quality education. If you want a school where you can have a personal connection with your professors and classmates, this is the place for you.”
He enjoyed his Computer Information Technology classes and soon found that his interests extended far beyond his major.
“I really enjoyed my Introduction to Organizational Communication class with taught by Carrie Higgins. Our group assignment was to put on a party for the volunteer workers for Christian Community Action, of Valparaiso. It was a great experience,” said Adams.
Higgins noted that Adams took two of her classes and remembers him as a standout student, “He is an extremely intelligent student. He always gave 100 percent to his classes.”
Adams also found that the small PNC classes not only allowed him to better know his professors, but he had a chance to get to know other students in class and become good friends with them.
As a student, Adams found his days and evenings were full.
“I worked two jobs while going to school,” he explained. “I started a computer repair business, Mr. Geek’s Computer Repair, out of high school. I work with home computers and small business accounts. I also help out at Leonard’s Furniture in Hammond.”
Through it all, Adams still was able to be on the honors list every semester at PNC. He never allowed himself to become bogged down, and always kept a positive attitude and sense of humor.
“I’ve been working and going to school since I was 15 years old, so the transition to college wasn’t that bad,” he said. “There are times when you just have to buckle down and get things done. There are also times when you have to realize that you need to relax and have some fun so you don’t burn yourself out. It comes down to learning to balance things evenly.
“My advice to people contemplating college is pretty simple. Finding a job is more difficult than ever. A degree can really help your chances of finding a great job that you enjoy.”