Katie Market, a Purdue University student studying public relation is an outstanding junior in the Brian Lamb School of Communication. There is a lot that sets student Katie Market aside, but when asked about her proudest moment, she shared a story about the first time she left the country with five complete strangers. During spring break in 2016, Market decided to take a mission trip to Haiti. She spent her time feeding starving children, praying over those who had lost everything, holding the hands of the dying, and laughing and singing with locals. She said, "I was nervous, a little scared, and had absolutely no idea what to expect. I could have easily changed my mind, backed out, or made excuses for myself, but I didn't." This boldness and go-getter attitude is only a small portion of why Market has been named an outstanding student.
Dr. Josh Boyd, an Associate Professor in the Lamb School, has taught Market in multiple classes and described her as having a lot of initiative. "She pays attention to opportunities that I announce in class and goes for them. She tries to take advantage of everything she can to prepare herself for her future," Boyd shared when asked what sets Katie apart from other students.
Market not only shines at Purdue but also throughout Indiana. In June of 2014, she was crowned National American Miss Indiana Teen. Having been her first pageant, other than an extremely small county fair queen contest, she was completely overwhelmed, to say the least. She shared with us, "I became a woman who was able to use her voice for causes who didn't have a voice, hold drives to send items overseas to children of Afghanistan, and travel the state of Indiana to represent and seek sponsors."
While excelling in school work, Market also excels as an in-game host for Purdue sports. She uses her high energy and enthusiasm to get the crowd engaged at sporting events such as football, basketball, baseball, and softball. Market was asked what advice she would give to others at Purdue on how to distinguish themselves, and her advice is to give others time and attention. "They should be sure to step out of their comfort zones and help others", she told us, but most of all, she recommends, "that students find their passions and embrace what they are good at." Market goes above and beyond in the Brian Lamb School of Communication, throughout the state of Indiana, and across the world.