Remembering Their Journey: Jacob B.

For those of you still in high school, you’re probably experiencing a lot of thoughts and feelings about college…you’re not the only one! In this series, “Remembering Their Journey”, we’ll hear from five current and former Exploratory Studies students. They’ll take a look back on their experience in high school, share their memories with you and chat about their college experiences thus far.

Jacob B

Let’s meet Jacob. Here’s his story:

“Ok so I’ll be honest I was scared…

It seemed like during senior of high school everyone knew exactly what he or she were doing , where they were going and were so excited to start their journey. But me on the other hand, I had no idea what I wanted to do. I was interested in several subjects; my work experiences were varied so I know I liked several different types of work environments. So I was totally lost.

I went to Purdue on a visit; I fell in love with campus. Love a first sight never happens with a girl, but it did happen with these brick buildings and the feeling you get when you’re here. Anyway, I knew I wanted to come to Purdue I just didn’t know what I wanted to study. I went to the Exploratory Studies meeting on my visit and I found out it was ok to be unsure. Statics showed students changed majors two or three times before graduating but students that transferred out of Exploratory Studies tended to graduate on time in that major they transferred into. So I was sold. I put down Exploratory Studies as my major and showed up on campus first week of classes.

While in Exploratory Studies you have to take EDPS 105 which is a course where your advisor is the professor and you learn a lot about you as a person and where your interest are. I found out that mine were in business. So after my second semester freshman year I started the process of transferring into the business school. It was hard but my advisor helped me out tremendously. Now I have a 3.30 GPA in the Krannert School of Management and I will be able to graduate on time.

I would not have changed the way I started at Purdue though. Being in Exploratory Studies gave me the confidence in myself that business was what I wanted to do. If you don’t know what you want to do and you love Purdue, consider joining Exploratory Studies.” -Jacob B., sophomore


Apply to be an EXPL Peer Mentor!

Have you ever wanted to help others and/or mentor someone? Do you have endless stores of knowledge and wisdom just waiting to be shared (academic, social, or professional)? Is your love for Exploratory Studies and Purdue infinite???

If so, then we’re looking for YOU! We need AWESOME, AMAZING, and DEDICATED students to help mentor new incoming Purdue students in Exploratory Studies next year. If you have a sincere interest, we encourage you to apply! Please follow the link below to the application for all the nitty-gritty details, and please note the upcoming deadline of Wednesday, April 8, 2015.

If you have any questions, contact the Peer Mentor Advisor, Mary Beth Lencke at

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Snapshots: Pursuit of Purdue. Meet Emily!

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 Emily.

Emily Grimm

Name: Emily Grimm

Current year: Sophomore

Major: Industrial Engineering

Hometown: Newburgh, IN

“How long were you in EXPL?

Two semesters.

Why did you start in EXPL? 

During my senior year of high school, I was very stressed about choosing a major. I knew I was interested in math and science, but I was not quite sure where I fit in the STEM fields. One of the deciding factors for attending Purdue was the Exploratory Studies program. Looking back on my experience with the program, I am so grateful that I started there! I learned so much about myself, careers, and even campus resources during my first semester. Now that I am in my major, I know this is exactly where I need to be and I would not have gotten there without Exploratory Studies.

Why did you choose your current major?

I chose Industrial Engineering because it combines my two passions: technical knowledge and people skills. While other engineers work with engines and circuit boards, IE’s work with people. In my major, the goal is to find the best way for people, technology, and machinery to work together to improve efficiency and reduce waste. It is so satisfying to examine all of the components of a system and re-engineer them to create a better overall product.

What type of person would be good for this major?

Industrial engineers work with a lot of data, so it is important to be able to see the big picture instead of focusing on small details. Also, many IE’s move on to management positions or start their own company, so it is important to develop strong interpersonal and communication skills. If you have lofty goals of becoming a CEO, the Industrial Engineering department produces the most CEOs of any school at Purdue! Although Industrial Engineering is not as heavy in technical knowledge as other fields, it still requires many math and science courses. But the great payback is that IE’s work in diverse fields and positions such as manufacturing, health care, business, finance, and even government.

Favorite thing about EXPL?

Being a part of the Exploratory Studies Advisory Council and all the fun activities we do.

Favorite thing about Purdue?

The community atmosphere and strong legacy of successful alumni.

Fun Fact?

Last semester, I got to build a quadcopter drone as part of an engineering class!”

Interview conducted and written by Jacob B., sophomore.

Mortar Board Cover Contest

Purdue students have the opportunity to submit a cover design for the 2015-2016 Mortar Board Calendar–a calendar purchased by over 14,000 students, parents, alumni, and members of the community each year. This contest is a unique opportunity for students to have their design printed for the entire Purdue community to appreciate!

The winning design will be featured on the 2015-2016 calendar, a short bio of the artist will be featured in the calendar, and there is a $250 prize!

Design entries are due by April 7, 2015. See flyer below for more information.

calendar cover 2015 contest flyer

Snapshots: Pursuit of Purdue. Meet Bry!

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 Bry.

Bry Howard

Name: Bry Howard

Current year: Sophomore

Major: Accounting

How long were you in EXPL?

Three Semesters

Why did you start in EXPL?

I was unsure about what major I should enter college, so I choose Exploratory Studies as the best option.

Why did you choose your current major?

 I choose accounting because there is broad need for accountants and I really wanted a career out of college, and I really liked learning about the profitability of corporations.

What kind of person would be good for this major?

People in this major have to be well organized and comfortable giving presentations and meticulous when it comes to detail.

Favorite thing about EXPL?

All of the inventories we took in EDPS. They taught me a lot about myself helped be choose my path at Purdue.

Favorite thing about Purdue?

The people I met through day to day life here are by far my favorite part about Purdue.

Fun Fact?

I love playing intermural sports like flag football, basketball, and dodgeball.”

Interview conducted and written by Jacob B., sophomore.