Dynamic Resources for Pre-Professional Students

The new Pre-Professional Advising Office is running at full-speed, open to speak to students interested in preparing for careers in medicine, allied health, law, and veterinary medicine!  Their new website is in the works, but until then check out their current website, packed with lots of information.  We particularly recommend Current Students > Career Information, Current Students > General Information, or Links > Professional Organizations to our exploring students.  Freshman year is the ideal time to begin researching professional school requirements, student club, and professional organizations!

Students who are interested in staying in the Pre-Professional know should definately sign up for the Pre-Professional Listserv.  There is also a list of Upcoming Pre-Professional Events (including the IU Law Bus Trip).  Not all events will hold much interest for the freshman or sophomore, but it can offer them a timetable of what to expect when they’re juniors and seniors!

CODO meeting information for Engineering Students

All soon-to-be Engineering students who are CODO-eligible are required to attend a CODO meeting this semester.  The rules have changed a good deal over this last semester as the College of Engineering gears up to expand its numbers in response to the new Purdue Moves Initiative.  Also, we strongly encourage these students to pay very close attention to a change in the CODO-in procedure, which include new, shorter deadlines for CODO paper submission.

The link to sign up for a CODO meeting is located under the word “here” in the first item under “CODO Procedures.”  Then students will login with their Purdue Career Account username and password and select “CODO Meeting.”  We recommend that you take paper and a pen to the meeting to take notes.  Students need to make sure an sign-in when they arrive to a CODO meeting to make sure that their attendance is recorded.  As students have questions about this process, they should speak with their Exploratory Studies advisor!

Learning Communities in the News!

Purdue has many Learning Communities students can be apart of during their first year. But some of you may be wondering, ‘What are Learning Communities?” Learning Communities, also known as LCs, are a group of 20-30 first year students who take two to three of the same courses together. They can also be a group of first year students who have a common academic interest and live in the same residence hall. Or it can be a combination of the two! In Exploratory Studies we have 3 types of LCs- Exploratory Studies Scholars, Explorers, and Exploring Business Majors.

A recent list has been released of the top LCs at colleges and universities around the country and Purdue made the list!

To read more about the ranking, visit  http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/rankings/learning-community-programs

To learning more about our LCs in Exploratory Studies visit the links below:

Exploratory Studies Scholars: http://www.purdue.edu/studentsuccess/orientation/learning_communities/profiles/undergradstudies/usp.html

Explorers: http://www.purdue.edu/studentsuccess/orientation/learning_communities/profiles/undergradstudies/explorers.html

Exploring Business Majors: http://www.purdue.edu/studentsuccess/orientation/learning_communities/profiles/undergradstudies/exploring_business.html


Exploratory Studies Family Day Reception

Family Day is coming up – this Saturday, September 28, 2013!  It is packed with fun activities, including a Celebration on the Mall, Xtreme bowling and billiards, the Boilermaker BBQ, a Purdue-sponsored tailgate, Flicks at Fowler, and, of course, the football battle between Purdue and Northern Illinois.  The complete schedule of events, R.S.V.P. links (for the BBQ), and parking information are available on the official Family Day website.

On Saturday, Exploratory Studies advisors will be holding an informal Family Day Reception from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. in Stewart Center, room 306.   At 10:00 a.m., we will formally recognize any current scholarship recipient in attendance.  To help us plan refreshments and to insure that our scholarship winners are properly recognized, we ask that you  please R.S.V.P. using this form: https://purdue.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6nIa17G1BiAc1YV.  Only one person from each family needs to R.S.V.P.  Please R.S.V.P. by noon on Friday, September 27th.

Questions about the Exploratory Studies Family Day Reception?  Feel free to e-mail Jennifer McDonald at jmcdonald@purdue.edu.  If you have general questions about Family Day, click on the Family Day FAQ page for answer and contact information: http://www.union.purdue.edu/studentevents/events/specialevents/FamilyDayFAQ.html.

Our Amazing Ambassador Kaleigh

Every month we’ll feature one of the Exploratory Studies Ambassadors that’s going above and beyond. This month we’ll be featuring two because they are our Exploratory Studies Ambassador Co-Chairs!

First up-kaleigh-edits

Name: Kaleigh Marie Spencer

Year: Sophomore

Major: Currently still undecided, but CODOing soon to Double Major in Film & Video Studies and Communications, and possibly minor in Spanish.

Why did you pick Exploratory Studies?: Gosh, there are so many reasons, I could go on for pages! But a quick summary would be that I may have been one of the most undecided people to ever attend college, and I was interested in a wide variety of majors and careers. I knew it would be a poor decision to choose something random and then end up changing it a bunch of times. Therefore Exploratory Studies was a perfect choice for me! (It turns out to be the best decision I’ve made in my college career!) :)

Favorite Memory of Exploratory Studies: I loved all of the activities in EDPS 105. Most of all, though, my favorite memory has been meeting so many incredible people (advisors and peers) who are such a supporting, fun, and encouraging group of people. Oh, and of course when I was chosen to be an Ambassador and Co-Chair. 😉 DUH! Soooo basically everything….awkward.

Favorite Food: Okay this is not even fair, I’m in love with all food. Anything Italian, mac & cheese, grilled chicken, steak, shrimp, grilled cheese, cereal, anything from a Hibachi grill, etc. Basically anything that isn’t tomatoes (my mortal enemy) or mushrooms.

Favorite Place on Campus: Either Pao, the Beering Fountain, or Beering Hall.

Favorite Sport: To watch: football (college & NFL) and wrestling. To play: softball!

Fun Facts Time!: My hair touches my butt, which I am super proud of. And basically I have an unhealthy obsession with anything that has to do with film. So much so, that I study trivia, watch behind the scenes stuff, and read articles about films in my free time. I also am obsessed with reading and I totally wish I had more time to read in college. To list just a few obsessions: Dexter, Transformers, The Hunger Games, The Twilight Saga, anything Disney related, Modern Family, anything by Christopher Nolan, Quentin Tarantino, or Martin Scorsese, and MANY many many others.

P.S: I love talking to people and answering questions, so come find me and I’ll help you with whatever you need! Or just to talk. Clearly, I could talk to a wall. :) GO EXPLORATORY STUDIES WOO!!!!!