Remembering Their Journey- A post from an Exploratory Studies student

Hey there! We’re starting a few new series of blog posts on The Right Track. 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.

First up is Emily. Here’s her story:

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                                    Emily S., freshman

“Senior year. So much stress and so much fun packed in a year. From going to football games, taking the SATs, prom, and applying to colleges; senior year is the busiest year in high school by far. Looking at colleges becomes your life. My friends and I all freaked out about applications and when we got our acceptance letters we all freaked out about which university to choose.

I had always been thinking Purdue because I live in Lafayette. When I actually started doing research I realized that Purdue was a good idea not only for the proximity, but because it is a great school. All throughout high school I was never sure on what major I wanted to pursue, so I saw that Purdue had a program called Exploratory Studies. I looked on their website and decided that going into Exploratory Studies would be the best option for me because I would be able to explore (no pun intended) different majors and really get an idea of what I would want to do.

Coming into Purdue I thought I wanted to major in Brain and Behavioral Sciences. I was actually really confident that was the major I wanted. Then I took a class about behavioral neuroscience and realized that being a neuroscientist required interaction with rats and I am not a fan of rats, so that major was out. I then started looking at Public Health at the insistence of a friend. Public Health has a really great job outlook, but I did not feel like I was really passionate about it. I was honestly only looking into it because it made a lot of money and I did not feel like that was a good enough reason to choose a major. I then started looking into Law and Society because I wanted to be a lawyer. I stuck with that for a while and one day at work I started watching a lot of history education videos on YouTube and my boss gave me the idea of majoring in History. Now, I am currently thinking of majoring in History.

Keep in mind that was all in my freshman year of college. I am SO glad that I chose Exploratory Studies because I would have changed my major three times in the span of five months, which could have been problematic. Now, I am taking a history class to make sure it is what I really want. I cannot recommend EXPL enough. The class, EDPS 105, you take helps you learn about the majors at Purdue and about yourself. It is so awesome to take a class with people who are just as indecisive as you. EXPL at Purdue was the perfect choice for me and I hope it is the same for you.

If I could give any advice to current seniors it would be to calm down and enjoy your last year while it is here. It goes by really fast. Take advantage of all the opportunities you can now.” - Emily S., freshman

Discovery Learning Series: Dr. Ruth Berggren (Oct. 2)

From The Biology Counseling Newsletter, 9/25/14:

Please plan to attend the upcoming lecture by Ruth Berggren, Director, Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics, on Thursday, October 2nd from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Purdue Memorial Union, Anniversary Drawing Room.  Her presentation is entitled “The Scientist and the Storyteller.” Everyone is invited to attend.

Dr. Berggren makes the case that the humanities are a crucial partner to scientific thinking. There is a tendency today to view science and the humanities as separate disciplines with people falling into one camp or the other. But recent world events and contemporary thinkers like physician-anthropologist Paul Farmer and historian John Barry demonstrate that such divisions are misleading. From the time of Leonardo da Vinci, the interrelationship between science and the humanities has elevated both. Berggren will argue that the integration of these disciplines is the surest path to a functional civil society.

This is a partnership between the College of Liberal Arts, the Discovery Lecture Series, and the EVPRP.

Missing Your Glasses?

Have you visited STAR and are missing your glasses?  We’ve found a pair of red-framed prescription eyeglasses.  They were left in the Exploratory Studies Parent Presentation that was held in KRAN on Thursday, June 26th at 9 am.  If you would like to claim them, please call Se’Andra Johnson at (765) 494-0843.

Purdue’s Featured Organization of the Month- Musical Organizations

Hello Everyone!

My name is Susannah and I’m the newest contributor to the Exploratory Studies Blog. I’m so incredibly excited to share my experiences at Purdue with all of you and can’t wait to see what this year has in store!

One of the coolest things Purdue has to offer, besides awesome academic programs and school spirit, is the endless amount of organizations that students can be a part of. There are over 900 organizations at Purdue. From ballroom dancing, coffee club, Purdue Art Community, and College Mentors for Kids, Purdue has an organization for everyone! Also, if for some reason none of these organizations suit your interests, students can create and be in charge of their very own organization. Whether you join or start your own organization, everyone wins when they get involved!

The first organization that I’m exploring for the month of November is Purdue Musical Organizations. This organization is near and dear to my heart because I’m involved in University Choir, one of the five choirs the organization offers. PMO was first established in 1891 with the Purdue Varsity Glee Club being the first choir at Purdue. Over the years the organization has grown to be five choirs strong. These include the Purdue Varsity Glee Club, the Purduettes, University Choir, Heart and Soul, and the All Campus and Community Chorale.

Purdue Musical Organizations is internationally recognized for excellence in all aspects of musicianship. This excellence is proven in every show that the choirs perform. One of the most well known shows the organization performs annually is the Purdue Christmas Show. This year is the 80th Anniversary for the Christmas Show and is sure to be spectacular! Students, Faculty, and members of the community have spent countless hours preparing for the Purdue Christmas Show simply because they love to sing, perform, and are passionate about the organization. The Christmas Show is on December 7th with times at noon, 4pm, and 8pm, and December 8th at 2pm. Tickets start at just $26 for adults! This is a definite must-see for those of you who want to get into the Christmas spirit J

If you want more information about the Purdue Christmas Show or Purdue Musical Organizations, visit their website at: www.purdue.edu/pmo or stop in and visit one of the choir rehearsals going on at University Church on Grant Street. You may just see me there :)

Happy Fall!

Susannah

P.S. T-minus three weeks until Thanksgiving!

Meet Our Ambassador Bloggers

With such a large campus, it’s hard to keep track of everything that happens at Purdue. We’ve gathered some of our Exploratory Studies Ambassadors to post once a month on certain topics. Let’s meet our  first 2 bloggers, shall we?

 Meet Madi Herman

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Hometown: Needham, IN

Major: Psychology / Pre-Med

Year: Senior

Blogging topic: Classes galore at Purdue from how to pass the classes you’re in to what fun classes to take next semester. (or when you come to Purdue!)

Fun fact: I have been in karate for 13 years now. Even though I’m away at college I still stay involved.

Meet Sarah Kober

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Hometown: Grand Haven, MI

Major: Biology

Year: Junior

Blogging topic: Clubs and Organizations

Fun fact: I studied abroad in New Zealand Spring 2013.

 

Stay tuned to meet the rest of our Ambassador Bloggers and check out our blog every week for their posts!