Graduation Feature: Hannah Nava

Hannah Nava

Hannah Nava

Purdue Calumet graduate candidate has had a full experience in just 3 years

HAMMOND, Ind. — Within the changing climate of higher education, more at the beginning can turn out to mean less at the end—and that’s a good thing!

Just ask Hannah Nava, who is graduating this spring from Purdue University Calumet after just three years of campus study.

When the Schererville resident enrolled at Purdue Calumet in the fall of 2011, she came to campus with 18 hours of academic credit already recorded on her transcript, thanks to credit she earned at Lake Central High School from advanced placement and dual credit courses, as well as having tested out of two semesters of Spanish.  

Subsequently at Purdue Calumet, a steady diet of 15-to-18-credit-hour semesters, plus summer session courses have earned her a graduation cap and gown to wear during the second of two university Commencement Exercises Saturday (5/10) at 3 p.m. at the Hammond Civic Center.

“I think graduating early will give me an advantage over my peers,” the 21-year-old English writing major, who looks forward to a career in public relations, said.

The opportunity for her to attend college close to home and minimize expenses made Purdue Calumet an appealing choice for her, she said, as well as her brother, Zach, an engineering major, who is on track to graduate next year.

Also appealing to Hannah has been Purdue Calumet’s Honors Program, for which she has served on the Executive Board and has chaired the program’s Community Events outreach initiative.

“The program has enabled me to study different topics and become more well-rounded,” she said. “The experiences have been fantastic, and I’ve made lifelong friends.”

Purdue Calumet Honors Program Director John Rowan said, “Hannah has in many ways been a model Honors student. Academically, she has excelled, and her ability to graduate in three years speaks to her success in the classroom. However, her success extends well beyond the academic realm. In her role as chair of Community Events, she managed a committee which over the last year has generated a record amount of donations for and awareness of several charitable causes.”

Hannah also has been active at Purdue Calumet as a Supplemental Instructor and campus tour guide. Away from campus, she has held a variety of part-time jobs and has been interning since January with Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Gary, attending to various social media and writing tasks.

“I came here initially to be an English teacher,” she said. “But then I decided to switch to writing—something I’ve always been passionate about—and have had a wonderful experience. I love this campus. I’ve really enjoyed my professors; they’ve always been willing to help. There are lots of opportunities to take advantage of here.”