Each week, we’ll take a look at a student 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 Jesse.
Name: Jesse Palma
Current year: Freshman
Major(s): Industrial Design
“Jesse had a lot of ideas as to what he wanted to do. It was safe to say he was all over the place! He was stuck between engineering, pharmacy, medicine, and building/construction management. He said his reason for choosing EXPL was he did not waste his time in a major he may not even like.
After only one semester in EXPL, Jesse decided to CODO to Industrial Design. Jesse is really passionate about designing and that is why he wanted to do engineering in the first place. He admires the design of everything and he wanted to “be a part of the beauty of the world.” He said Industrial Design is “everything he wanted to do.” He also stated that he wouldn’t have found the major if Tiffany (his advisor) hadn’t helped guide him along the way. Jesse did not even know this major had existed until his advisor, Tiffany, emailed him with a list of majors she thought would interest him and when he saw the word “design” he was intrigued. After some research, he knew that Industrial Design was exactly what he wanted to do.
So what does it take to be an Industrial Design major? Jesse says creativity is a huge component in this major. You also have to be able to think critically, but also be open-minded. Jesse mentioned that although something his designs may look pretty it has to be practical, so you have to be able to accept that your work may have to be modified. Jesse also mentioned he works with computers frequently so it is a good idea to be comfortable using one.
Although his time in EXPL was short, his favorite thing about EXPL was his advisor. He loved the fact that Tiffany got to know him personally and was able to really work with him on finding a major. Jesse loved that Tiffany made it seem like it was her personal goal to help him find a major. He is so thankful that she worked so closely with him.
Hands down Jesse’s favorite thing about Purdue is the opportunities Purdue has to offer- whether it be academically or socially. He said, “It really makes the college experience worthwhile.” Jesse has joined numerous clubs and is in a fraternity. He loves that there are always cool people to meet and that there are so many things to do!”
Interview conducted and written by Emily S., freshman.
Purdue’s Operations and Supply Chain Organization (OSCO) is hosting an industrial management conference on Saturday, March 7 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm in the Krannert Drawing Room. Companies such as GE, Novelis, Arcelor Mittal, and Ingersoll Rand will be presenting information about operations, supply chain, and logistics and playing an interactive supply chain game with participating students. There will be free food from Panera and cash prizes!
It is a great way to network, interact with company recruiters, and build your résumé. All majors are welcome to attend. Please R.S.V.P. to email@example.com or to firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the Purdue Writing Lab:
Research Made Easy: Finding & Evaluating Sources
March 3, 2015
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Learn to evaluate the information you find during your research. This hands-on workshop will help you decide which sources are both reliable and relevant.
Bring your laptop if you have one and any current research topic or assignment to take advantage of the interactive elements of this event.
Advance registration is required, so call (765) 494-3723 or stop by the Writing Lab in HEAV 226 to reserve your seat.
From Nancy Kester, Senior HK Academic Advisor:
The Department of Health & Kinesiology has removed major restrictions for summer on HK 215, HK 368, and HK 372:
- HK 215: Basic Public Health Studies (online, May 18 – June 12)
- HK 368: Exercise Physiology I (on campus, June 15 – July 10; pre-requisite: BIOL 204 or BIOL 302)
- HK 372: Sport & Exercise Psychology I (on campus, May 18 – June 12; pre-requisite: PSY 120 with grade of C- or better
HK is also offering the following popular electives:
- HK 225: Sexuality & Health (on campus, May 18 – June 12)
- HK 226: Contemporary Women’s Health (on campus, June 15 – August 4)
- HK 231: Substance Abuse & Health (on campus, June 15 – August 4)
From Annette Benson, Coordinator for Programs and Engagement, Purdue International Programs:
International Programs is looking for both U.S. and international students who enjoy cross-cultural opportunities or who want to increase their cross-cultural competency. Call-outs for MIX leaders will be March 3, 4, and 5 at 6:00 pm in Beering (BRNG) B-261.
The domestic Multinational Integration Xchange leaders (MIXd):
- Receive cross-cultural training in April
- Communicate with students not registered for BGR/BGRi during the month before school begins in August
- Assist with ISS check during the 4 days before school begins
- Help international students with their transition needs (shopping, banking, etc.)
- Maintain regular contact with new international students through the first month of school
- Attend monthly MIX events during the first semester of school
The international Multinational Integration Xchange leaders (MIXi):
- Receive cross-cultural training in March
- Serve as Culture Coaches for the MIXd, assisting with training in April
- Attend all regularly scheduled MIX events in the fall in their role of Culture Coach
- Act as liaisons with the new international page of The Exponent
- Are occasionally invited to speak to local schools
The Purdue Women in Leadership institute (WLI) is a dynamic one-day conference that exists to develop the leadership capacity of women and to expose participants to the issue affecting women that need leadership.
People who attend the Women in Leadership Institute will have the opportunity to hear from an inspiring keynote speaker, attend intensive workshops, breakout sessions, panels and network with fellow students, administrators and community leaders. By providing participants with the knowledge, skills and ability to affect change, we hope to create a better campus, a better community, a better world. A world in which PURDUE WOMEN LEAD.
The Women in Leadership Institute will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm. The registration fee for this event is $25, but full and partial scholarships are available. Register here to reserve your spot. Registration is open until spots are filled.
Keynote and Workshops!
The opening keynote will be given by Helen Zia, a noted Asian American Activist and Author who is well known for her work as the executive director of Ms. Magazine, and her outspoken stance on civil rights, peace, women’s rights, and countering hate violence and homophobia. Additionally, participants will participate in the following intensive workshops:
- Barbara Kerkhoff: The Circle Way: A Shared Leadership Model
- Ashley Scott: Personal Branding
- Jennifer Groh: Coaching strategies for achieving academic, personal and professional success
- Skye Brown: Theatre Without a Stage: Using Non-Traditional Theater for Group Consensus Building and Social Justice
- Jillian Henry: Strategic Planning for Personal and Career Goals
Questions? E-mail us at email@example.com or by contact Brianne Rogers at (765) 496-2452.