About Ashlyn Shaffer

Recruitment Specialist and Ambassador Advisor for Exploratory Studies

Exploration Acres with ESAC!

On Sunday, October 19, 2014 join the Exploratory Student Advisory Council to visit Exploration Acres from 3-5pm. The buses will leave at 2:30pm in front of the Stewart Center (so plan to arrive at 2:15pm) and students can expect to be home by 5:30pm.  Join ESAC for NW Indiana’s largest corn maze, pumpkins, a bonfire and smores!  More information: http://www.explorationacres.com/.

If you plan to participate, THE DEADLINE TO RSVP HAS BEEN MOVED BACK … RSVP by 4:30pm on this Friday, October 17, 2014!

RSVP here

Questions?  Contact ESAC President Val Skaggs at skaggsv@purdue.edu.

We hope you can join us!

B-Involved with Exploratory Studies!

Exploratory (EXPL) Student Groups would like to invite you to B-Involved with EXPL! Attend the EXPL Student Groups Call-Out on Tuesday, September 2nd from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the new Krach Leadership Center, Room 148.

WHY Attend? 

  • FREE FOOD!!! (Need we say more?) Becoming a part of an EXPL student group is a great way to connect with your peers and the institution, show pride for undecided students everywhere and develop leadership skills that internship supervisors and employers want to see.
  • Oh, and it’ll be lots of FUN!!! Why wouldn’t you? EXPL Peer Mentors will be on hand to welcome new students and discuss concerns about college.

ALL current and former EXPL students are welcome!

If you’d like to get a sneak peak of the EXPL student groups before you attend the meeting, check out their pages below!

Ambassadors: http://www.purdue.edu/exploratory/get-involved/es-ambassadors.html

ESAC: http://www.purdue.edu/exploratory/get-involved/advisory-council.html

Peer Mentors: http://www.purdue.edu/exploratory/get-involved/peer-mentors.html

We look forward to meeting you!

Exploratory College Welcome – LOCATION CHANGE!

Hi Exploratory Students!

This is a reminder of Exploratory Studies *BGR College Welcome* on Friday, August 22 from 2-4pm.  The location has changed due to potential for rain and high heat.  We are now meeting in the Turf Recreation Exercise Center (TREC) – see map below, but the TREC is located behind the Co-Rec/next to the Boilermaker Aquatic Center with entry from 3rd Street by the PU Fire Department.  The first 425 students to enter will receive a coupon for FREE frozen yogurt from Orange Leaf in the Purdue Village.

So in summary, why should you attend?

  • *We have tons of giveaways!!!*
  • The TREC is Purdue’s indoor intramural field; attending our welcome grants you a sneak peek into this awesome Purdue facility!
  • The TREC is air conditioned!  Weathers calls for 90+ degrees Fahrenheit temperatures.
  • You get to meet and interact with others from Exploratory Studies               TREC

Things You Should Have Packed

Hello Everyone!

Our timing has been a little off. We were hoping to have this ready to go before move-in weekend, but with all the crazy going-ons, we’re little late (oops!). All this on-campus chaos has shoved us right back into the first weeks at Purdue. There was so much to do, so many people all moving en masse in this huge new place where all the buildings looked the same.

Here, at The Right Track, we understand how hectic this time can be. And so, we have assembled a list of things to be sure you packed (isn’t a Target run around the corner, or something?).

SUPER DUPER IMPORTANT THINGS (or we think they should be!)

Identification (License, passport, Birth certificate, Soc Sec Card- these are especially important if you want to open an account at PFCU!)

Wallet or something to keep things safe


Backup Flashdrive


Backup Headphones

Umbrella (You might need 2, one to always have with you and a really good one)


Sheets (you might want 2 sets)

Extra blankets


Various medications



Laundry Detergent

Fabric Softener

Wrinkle releaser

Air Freshener

Some/Any form of Disinfectant

A rug

Light source(s) (lava lamp, regular lamp, night light, fairy lights…whatever floats your boat)

Wall adhesive for decorations

Trash bags (if you have a small trash can, you can recycle your shopping bags [Pro Tip: keep recycled bags in old kleenex boxes!)


Ziplock Bags

Wall Calendar



Electronic: Check Res Hall policies for what you can and can’t have in dorm

Power Strip

CORDS (phone, computer, printer, ethernet[or breakdown and buy a router], ereader, ipod/mp3, etc.)

Printer–check to see if Res Hall/nearby computer lab has available printers and if school includes a printer allowance; if not, personal printers are very helpful but be aware of ink prices.

Lamp (preferably mobile and gooseneck)

Blowdryer, flat iron/curling iron


Blazer (You will need a blazer), Trousers/Slacks, Nice shirts–you’ll need these for Interviews, possible inductions, meetings, conferences; a go-to outfit for anything where jeans would be frowned upon.

For those of you who will find occasions to wear dresses: Cover your bases–a formal dress, an interview dress, a dress to impress! (Something you like!)



Rain Boots or waterproof shoes ( O M G it will rain so much and you will have to go out in it. There are ways to waterproof your canvas shoes at home)



Sweatpants/Yoga pants




Jackets/Coats (Be aware of state’s highs and lows): Buy a size bigger for layering, eating, and air bubble

insulation (life-tip: don’t throw a wet jacket anywhere but a drying rack or a dryer!)

Athletic clothes (whether you will be at the gym or not)

Not really clothes but Clothes, adjacent:

Shoes (casual, dress, tennis shoes, shower shoes)





Get rid of (meaning donate) any clothes you know you’re not going to wear. Those articles of clothing only serve to take up space and waste your time when choosing what to wear.


Hand Towels

Body towels or terry cloth robe (avoid microfiber)

Shampoo, conditioner, body wash


Toothbrush and toothpaste

Face wash/scrub

Face and body lotions (preferably with SPF 15 or 30)

Cotton balls/pads


Hair brush/comb




Bathroom rugs (if necessary)

Toilet Paper

Feminine products

Glasses case

Contact things (cases, solutions, backups)


“Grooming kit” (You know the manicure/pedicure sets you always seem to get as stocking stuffers? They’re great for college! They include tweezers, nail clippers, file, scissors)

Shower caddy (Flexible mesh is preferable to solid plastic)

Shower shoes

Food (and food things): Know whether or not you will have access to a kitchen, microwave, oven, and


If you have stuck around, we’d like to first congratulate you, you rock, and two, please know that this is basic and attempts to balance having as specific and helpful instructions along with vague guidelines. If you see anything we have forgotten, please feel free to leave a comment below. Also, do not hesitate to email a mentor if you have additional questions at exploratory.mentor@purdue.edu.

Welcome to Purdue!!

Foreign Language Placement Testing Fall 2014

A message from Foreign Language Placement Testing:

There will be four days of Foreign Language Placement Testing this week, August 20-21-22 and Monday, August 25th.  Testing begins at 6pm in SC 231.  Students MUST have their form 231 signed and filled out by their advisor and have two forms of photo ID.  If students do not have the appropriate documents, they will not be able to take the test.  Students taking the RUSS and JPNS tests are asked to arrive on time as the test takes one hour and we close promptly at 7pm.

More information can be found at: http://www.cla.purdue.edu/slc/main/news/Language_Placement_Testing.html