Student Profile: Lenora Crudup

Lenora Crudup calls herself a “science nerd” who was good at genetics in high school, but she doesn’t want to do something because she’s good at it but because she enjoys it. She had an inkling of her future path in forensics when her high school anatomy class witnessed an autopsy.

“I was one of the only students who didn’t freak out about it, so I started getting interested in it,” she says.

A resident of Dover, Pennsylvania, Crudup is majoring in forensics at HU, on track to graduate in 2017. She fell in love with Harrisburg University when she first visited and is building opportunities for her future through her courses and her job with a global IT consulting firm in HU’s Government Technology Institute.

Crudup decided to major in forensic anthropology because she appreciates the blend of science and detective work behind the study of bodies to determine all the things about their lives and manners of death that they’re no longer able to tell.

Crudup became interested in medical terminology through her mother, a medical coder with Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore. When her mom took continuing education courses, Crudup was always asking what different words meant. On Take Your Child to Work Day, she got to read her mom’s reports.

“I would think, ‘This is disgusting,’ but would laugh about it,” she says. “Other kids would squirm in their seats.”

Her mom also taught her a strong work ethic and the importance of maintaining confidentiality. Those lessons are valuable now that in Crudup works at CAI, a global IT services firm partnering with HU’s Government Technology Institute. Crudup sought the job because her employers at a local convenience store would schedule her to work even when she told them she had class. The opportunity to work for a major firm was a bit terrifying, but Crudup said, “I’m ready to learn.”

Crudup chose HU for its vibrant, urban atmosphere. She selected the option of living in an HU student apartment, and she loves the independence that “prepares students to live in a real-world situation.” “A lot of students will live in a dorm for four years,” she says. “They’re so used to a meal plan. They don’t know how to cook. You can’t survive on ramen noodles. That’s not healthy. This is slowly transitioning us from high school kids to college kids, and at the end we’re going to be adults. I feel like we’re going to have an upper hand on a lot of students across the United States who didn’t have the same opportunities we did.”