Mary Kate Ramker
Majoring in Visual Communications Design with minors in Management and Art History | Patti & Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts
What is your dream job and what do you hope to do after graduation?
My dream job is to be a Creative Director or Marketing Director for a professional or collegiate sports team. After graduation, I would like to pursue a Masters Degree in Sports Administration.
What have you participated in as a student?
I have been involved with Liberal Arts Leadership Council for all four years here. I participated in Boiler Gold Rush as a Team Leader. I am a member of the Art History Student Organization. MY favorite extracurricular is my on-campus internship. I have worked in our Athletic Department for 3 years as a Marketing and Promotions Intern. This internship experience really developed my passion for working in athletics. Not only did I gain valuable experience, but this internship has led me to even more opportunities, such as working the Women's Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis, IN.
How did you choose/decide on your major?
I had a wonderful mentor in my high school art teacher who encouraged me to pursue my passions as a career. I loved tinkering with the Adobe Creative Suite programs in high school and I have had a passion for sports since I was born. My art teacher showed me that I could combine these two passions and still have several job possibilities.
What are you most proud of?
I am most proud of the connections I have made here at Purdue. Although I had decided on a major before entering Purdue, I was still anxious about how I would use my degree after college. Through the many experiences I have had here, I made many connections with Alumni that showed me how far a Purdue Liberal Arts degree can take you. The possibilities are endless in the job world. This realization has made me feel so much more prepared for life after Purdue. I have also made some of the most amazing friends here at Purdue. I am so grateful for the people I have met.
What are you most looking forward to as a student at Purdue?
When I started at Purdue, I was most excited for the Big Ten Campus environment. I loved being surrounded by so many people and opportunities. Now, going into my senior year, I am most looking forward to finishing my degree. I also look forward to continuing my networking with Purdue alumni.
What is your favorite or most memorable Purdue tradition/memory?
Because of my internship with the athletic department, I have been lucky enough to be part of several amazing Purdue moments. I had the opportunity to meet Super Bowl Winners, including Drew Brees and Rod Woodson, who pulled me onto the field at Ross-Ade Stadium to dance with him when he did Shout! One of my favorite memories was being in the Tunnel in Mackey arena when Purdue clinched the regular season Big Ten Championship. I will never forget that amazing experience.
Which class have you taken (or are going to take) that you are most excited about and why?
I am taking Northern Renaissance Art History in the Fall of 2017. I am really excited about it because one of my favorite professors that I have had at Purdue is teaching it. One of the best classes I have taken at Purdue was GS 300, Liberal Arts Influentials. Influential Liberal Arts alumni would come to the class and speak about their time at Purdue and how their liberal arts degree has helped them become a leader in their field. It was such an inspiring class to be a part of and it actually led me to joining Liberal Arts Leadership Council.
My advice to incoming Purdue students is to take advantage of the campus. We have so many opportunities at our fingertips (and the opportunities just keep increasing), but we have to be proactive. Go to the call-out for the club you might be interested in. Engage your professors outside of the classroom. Apply for that on-campus job/internship. And after you are proactive, manage your time effectively.