Indianapolis, IN. Now call West Lafayette, IN my home.
M.S.Ed., Educational Psychology (Counseling), Purdue University
B.A., Psychology, Purdue University
I have been advising and teaching college students for over 10 years.
Advice for the Future Boilermaker
Be open to learning . . . from everyone and everything. This is harder than it sounds. It takes real discipline and humbleness. Be curious and pro-actively engaged in your education. Talk to a lot of people to see how they perceive issues. Ask a lot of questions and don’t assume that you know something until it’s confirmed.
Be realistic. Recognize and respect your strengths and your limitations. Ignoring your limitations might set you up for frustration and a low GPA (which will, in turn, prevent you from moving to a better-fitting major). Realistically knowing yourself allows you to be open to new opportunities, too.
Be patient, but proactive, with the career exploration process. Career exploration sometimes seems like a “hurry up and wait” proposition. Everyone wants you to pick a major, but what you really need to do it right are experiences, information, and especially time. My advice is to get involved and explore careers early and often. It’s the best way to winnow out the majors that you thought you liked, but now don’t, and to figure out who you are and what you want.