EXPL Family Weekend Reception 2016

Greetings from Exploratory Studies!

You are invited to the Exploratory Studies Family Weekend Reception during the Purdue Family Weekend 2016!   Light breakfast items & refreshments will be served.

When:  Saturday, September 24th from 9:30 am – 11:00 am (Eastern Time).
Where:  East/West Faculty Lounges in the Purdue Memorial Union (2nd floor).
How:  Please R.S.V.P. TODAY online at http://tinyurl.com/FamilyEXPL (before September 8th)!  Reminders will be sent as the event approaches.

Why come to the EXPL Family Weekend Reception? 

  • Meet and chat with your student’s academic advisor
  • Scholarship recipients will be honored with certificates beginning at 10:15 am EST
  • SWAG!  Door prizes will be drawn! Games!  Hilarity!
  • AWESOME campus events going on all weekend – check out the schedule here
  • Get some Purdue ‘tattoos’ before the big game!
  • Free food and coffee, need we say more?

All family members are invited – the more the merrier!  We hope to see you there! 

Please see the Purdue Family Weekend Website for details regarding parking advice for the weekend’s events (scroll to the bottom of their page).

Questions about specific to our event? Please e-mail our EXPL Family Weekend Coordinator, Colleen Brown!

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:


                                    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

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!


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


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


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!

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, visit  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!) 🙂

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. 😉 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. 🙂 GO EXPLORATORY STUDIES WOO!!!!!