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Academic Advisor

Office: YONG, 8th floor
Phone: (765) 494-0843
E-mail: bjones06@purdue.edu

Hometown

I am a little bit Midwestern but mostly southern. I was born in and lived in southeastern Missouri until about the age of 11 when my family crossed the mighty Mississippi to live in Paducah, Kentucky. I moved to South Bend, Indiana not long after college in 2003 to work as a news director for the local public radio station. I met my husband, Dan, during that time. Thankfully for me, he was working on his masters in German at Purdue which is what brought me here. 

Education

M.A., Rhetoric and Composition, Purdue University

B.A., Journalism, Murray State University 

Experience

My career path has been winding and full of surprises. I first worked as a reporter and news director in public radio. During that time, I also served as a mentor for NPR's Next Generation Radio--a yearly, week-long radio boot camp for college students. This is when I discovered how much I loved working with and guiding students. When I first came to Purdue, I worked as media relations coordinator for ITaP. My husband and I then moved to Germany for a year where I taught writing and discussion courses at Freiburg University. We eventually made our way back to West Lafayette where I have since earned my master’s degree and worked as a continuing lecturer for the Brian Lamb School of Communication and Honors Advisor for the Honors College. My ideal job is teaching and advising. Combined with those interests and my varied professional experiences, I can't imagine a better place to be than with Exploratory Studies. 

 

Advice for Future Boilermakers

Embrace your questioning nature and uncertainty. This means you are ready to learn and explore, and that is the attitude that leads to great adventure. Be okay being uncomfortable. The most uncomfortable, challenging situations can bring great discovery. Open yourself up to all that college--especially at a place like Purdue--has to offer. And, perhaps most importantly, take care of yourself. Sleep, eat, play, and reflect. Sometimes we are too busy to really recharge and provide ourselves with the things that help us be our best for ourselves and others. It's easy to forget that there is a world around us beyond our everyday lives. Suggestions: Eat healthy but allow yourself indulgences. Put down your phone, shut off your computer, and take a hike. We have gorgeous parks right here in West Lafayette and Lafayette and nearby like Turkey Run. Don't underestimate the importance of sleep, especially when it comes to taking tests. And perhaps most importantly, don't forget to laugh at yourself. 

 

Fun Facts

Besides being married to my best friend, Dan, I also have a beautiful baby girl named Frances (Frankie) and a little terrier mix named Milly. I love playing music and was even a music major before switching to journalism my junior year. I studied classical piano and pipe organ. Yes, you read that right—pipe organ. These days, I enjoy playing guitar and singing and have played in a few bands as well as with my husband. I take my taste in music seriously but have a deep love for cheesy 70s, 80s, and 90s music to balance things out (think ABBA and early Madonna). I also love traveling domestically and abroad, watching World Cup soccer, playing softball, riding roller coasters, and reading anything I can get my hands and eyes on from journalistic articles on crime and forensics to a good novel.

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