Snapshots: Pursuit of Purdue. Meet Erin!

Each month, we’ll take a look at some students who started their journey in Exploratory Studies. All of these students have found their perfect major at Purdue. Be sure to check out our blog each week for a new post that will feature a different student and their new major at Purdue.

Let’s meet Erin.

“Erin graduated from Purdue in May of 2015 with a major in Public Relations and Strategic Communication. During her freshman year, she started in Exploratory Studies. In fact, one of the reasons she came to Purdue was because of our program. “I had no idea what I wanted to major in, but I knew that Purdue could help me decide. I also didn’t want to pick a major that I wasn’t committed to, and end up changing it 2 or 3 times throughout my time at Purdue.”

It wasn’t long until Erin found her dream major as she applied for a Change of Degree Objective, or CODO, into the Brian Lamb School of Communication the spring semester of her freshmen year.

While many students often question their choice of major, Erin knew it was the one for her. “Once I heard about Communication and Public Relations, I knew that was a good fit. I loved the classes I was in, and knew I was in the right place.” She highly enjoyed the writing aspect and wanted to learn more about marketing. This made Public Relations the right choice.

She also believes that there a lot qualities that make a good Public Relations specialist. Someone pursuing this needs to know that it is all about effective communication and using their skills as a communicator to help others. One of the most challenging aspects of studying Public Relations is the difficult coursework. However, Erin believes that if the subject is something that you are passionate about, then the work comes easy. Creativity and intuitive ideas are also a large part of the major, as are presentations. She stated that after only four months of work she has already had to give several presentations to clients. However, all of Erin’s hard work paid off. After graduation, she took a job at Asher Agency in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, as an Account Coordinator.

While Erin enjoys her major, she had a few favorite things about Exploratory Studies as well. “I loved my advisor!! I had Sue Aufderheide, and she was such a great resource during my first semester at Purdue. She invited our class to dinner at her house, and even 3 years later still ran into friends from that first EDPS class we had. It was so nice being undecided in my major, and meeting a group of people who were in the same position. It made Purdue feel a little smaller.”

Purdue itself also brought her a lot of great opportunities. During her sophomore year, she joined a Cooperative House called Glenwood. She stated that it was one of the best decisions she made as a student, as it allowed her to form lifelong friendships and get involved with activities like Purdue University Dance Marathon and the Purdue Cooperative Council as the VP of Women’s Recruitment. The summer before her senior year she also studied abroad in Madrid, Spain, as a part of her minor in Spanish. She stated that she was able to enjoy great food, immerse herself in the language and culture, and even had the opportunity to attend the Running of the Bulls festival in Pamplona, Spain.

Starting in Exploratory Studies may seem scary at first. However, it can lead to a plethora of wonderful opportunities. The right major is out there for everyone.”

Written by Lauren M., sophomore

Writing Workshop (Nov. 18)

From Chris Voeglein, Purdue Writing Lab Secretary:

Workshop: MLA/APA Style & Citations
November 18, 2015 | 12:30 – 1:30 PM
HEAV 220

Join us for a workshop tailored to a range of needs related to writing in MLA and APA style, including:

  • Works cited/references lists & in-text citations
  • Using sources & avoiding plagiarism
  • Formatting of text and images

Workshops are free and open to all Purdue students, faculty and staff, but reservations are required. Call (765) 494-3723 or stop by the Writing Lab (in HEAV 226) today to sign up!

Insect Biology Information Lunches (Nov. 17 – 18)

The Department of Entomology will be hosting two noontime information sessions for students interested in learning more about our new Insect Biology major and associated careers. Stop by Smith Hall, room 131, on either November 17 or 18 from 12:00 – 1:00 pm and explore how you can feed the world, prevent disease, preserve the environment, and solve crimes!  Pizza and soft drinks will be served.

Can’t attend, but want more information about this exciting new major?  Contact Amanda Wilson at

PHYS 21800-PP sections (Spring 2016)

The Physics 218-PP special section is an initiative to develop an instructional process to teach physics that does not discriminate students on the basis of their prior to college physics or mathematics training.

Physics 218-PP is taught using algebra based mathematics and therefore, students are not required to have college level mathematics prior to taking physics 2178. It has been observed that freshmen students perform well in the course just with their high school algebra.

The entire instructional process is driven in the form of student collaboration within groups. Groups will be assigned on the basis of initial diagnostic test. The assessment process is competency based. This means that students are given unlimited attempts to gain mastery in the course objectives. There will be no mid-term or final exams.

Interested?  When registering, go to MyPurdue > Academics Tab > Add or Drop Classes.  Then type in these three CRNs, one CRN per box: 19534, 19535, 19536.  Then click the Submit button.

Questions? Ask your academic advisor!

HIV/AIDS Awareness Week (Nov. 16 – 20)

HIV/AIDS Awareness Week is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. HIV/AIDS Awareness Week programming is meant to increase the campus community’s awareness of HIV/AIDS, its impact on the local and global population, and historical and current issues. Events include:

  • An informational display of panels from the AIDS Memorial Quilt unique to the Purdue University community
  • Films and community conversations
  • Health information and resources

. . . and much more!  Check in with the LGBTQ Center Website for updates about times and locations of all events!

Sponsored by: LGBTQ Center, Purdue Student Union Board, ACT UP Purdue, Aspire Indiana