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, visitย  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


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!) ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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. ๐Ÿ™‚ GO EXPLORATORY STUDIES WOO!!!!!

Our New Ambassadors

We’d like to give a warm welcome to our newest Exploratory Studies Ambassadors!

Elizabeth Awoyungbo
Mary Lynn Dennis
Amy Herrold
Emily Johnson
Angelo Manzo
Jacob McCrory
Susannah Mishler
Devin Price
Brittany Rose
Kelsey Sullivan
Kat Valle
Harley Walters

Interested in becoming an Exploratory Studies Ambassador? Visit our website for more information: http://www.purdue.edu/exploratory/current-students/es-ambassadors.html