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Jennifer McDonaldJennifer McDonald

Senior Academic Advisor 

 YONG 831 
(765) 494-0843
E-mail: jmcdonald@purdue.edu


I was born in Indianapolis, IN.  After bouncing around to various cities in Indiana (including Bloomington), I now call West Lafayette home.


M.L.S., Library and Information Science, Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis
M.S.Ed., Educational Psychology (Counseling), Purdue University
B.A., Psychology, Purdue University


Exploratory Studies Advisor since 2006.  Before that, I was a Career Consultant at the CCO and an Adjunct Instructor at Ivy Tech.  

Advice for the Future Boilermaker

  • Be persistent.  What I usually see from freshman is a hot start, then a sudden mid-semester drop off in motivation, resulting in a lackluster finish (and grades).  Each semester of college is like a marathon, not a sprint.  It requires long-term and short-term goals, consistent training, and unflagging determination.   
  • 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 gain new perspective on old issues. 
  • Be realistic.  Recognize and respect your strengths and your limitations.  Knowing and accepting yourself allows you to be open to new opportunities that you never realized existed.
  • Realize that career exploration is a life-long process:  Career exploration can sometimes seem like a “hurry up and wait” proposition.  Everyone wants you to pick a major - right now! :)  But what you really need to make a good career decision is experiences, information, and time.  Get involved on campus and explore careers early and often.  

Fun Facts

I cultivate a lot of interests which ebb and flow into the foreground, including film, music, fashion, education and learning, travel and culture, history, and literature.  I have two cats who spend a lot of time hissing at each other and cuddling with me (often at the same time).

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