Lunar New Year Celebrations (Feb. 5 – 8)

Join a large percentage of the world in celebrating the Lunar New Year starting tonight (gathered from IP Upcoming Events, 2/2/16):

PSUB invites you to celebrate the year of the fire monkey!  Experience the rich cultures of various Asian countries surrounding Lunar New Year with food, crafts and performances!  Come be a part of this holiday celebration on Friday, February 5th from 9:00 pm – 12:00 am in the Purdue Memorial Union North Ballroom.

Purdue University Chinese Students & Scholars Association (PUCSSA) invites one and all to the Chinese New Year Gala celebration on Sunday, February 7th from 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm. Of all the events and activities PUCSSA holds each year, this event is the biggest and most important.  New Year is to the Chinese like Christmas is to Americans. As international students are far from home, PUCSSA hopes Chinese students will experience a sense of home, and others will experience the richness of Chinese culture, music and dance.

Tickets are available for advance purchase February 2nd through 5th from 1:30 pm -5:30 pm in front of HSSE Library (within Stewart Center).  Tickets can also be purchased the day of event at the door.  Prices range from $5 to $15, with discounts available for PUCSSA members.

  • Chinese New Year Reception – February 8th

The Chinese New Year is February 8th!  Purdue will host an all-campus reception from 11:30 am until 2:00 pm in the Purdue Memorial Union South Ballroom. Sponsored by the Confucius Institute at Purdue, the event will feature Chinese food, music, calligraphy, and a lion dance demonstration. Free and open to the public.

Finding Private Scholarships

Purdue’s Division of Financial Aid strongly recommends that students visit Fastweb, scholarships.com, or finaid.org to reserach private scholarship options.

Fastweb, for example, is a nationally known scholarship company that does not charge students to provide a scholarship match service.  By entering your personal profile, Fastweb will do a search to see if you match the eligibility requirements for over 600,000 private scholarships listed in their database.  They can also send you e-mail updates with newly-found scholarship options.

No matter which site you choose, be sure to list “Purdue University” as your current school in order to be matched with private scholarships specifically for Purdue University students!

Purdue also offers departmental scholarships and specially funded scholarships.  If you have questions, contact the Division of Financial Aid on their help line at (765) 494-5050 or visit them Monday – Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm in Schleman Hall, room 305.

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.

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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

 

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

Tips For The Common Application

Hello you lovely prospective students!

Can you believe it’s that time? It’s time to begin applying for college! As you most likely know, Purdue’s Application for Fall 2015 opened on August 1st, and we’re here to help you with the application process.

First things first, Purdue is part of the Common Application. For those of you not familiar with the Common App it’s just like it sounds–an application you can use for multiple colleges. And while not there are many schools–over 500 schools in the US–that do use the Common App, for those that do, this all-in-one application will save you time and frustration during application season.

Terms of Use

Once you have logged in to the Applicants tab, you can again search for your college(s) on the College Search tab and then add them to the My Colleges list.  The My Colleges list provides contact information for the school as well as deadlines and links to each section that needs to be completed for that school.

Your Purdue Common Application also serves as your application for Exploratory Studies. When applying for admission to Purdue, select Exploratory Studies as your intended major. All application materials are processed through the Office of Admissions and evaluated with a holistic approach.

Here’s the process for the Common App:

0)      Create an Account on the Common App website

1)      Complete Common App questions

2)      Complete Member Page questions

3)      Complete FERPA & Assign Recommenders

4)      Preview Application PDF and confirm it’s okay

5)      Pay or See Approved Fee Waiver

6)      Digitally Sign the Application

Then it is officially submitted!

*If an institution has a Writing Supplement, then you would complete that and submit it.  Purdue does NOT have a Writing Supplement for the 2015 application.

Should you need help, each page of the Common App includes help information relevant to whatever section of the app you’re currently viewing.  In addition, the Common App provides a Help Center for both Applicants and Recommenders (school counselors, teachers, other recommenders) available on both the Applicants tab and the Recommenders tab of the login screen.

You can apply by clicking on any of “the Common App” hyperlinks above, by going to www.commonapp.org directly, or by following the link available on the Admissions website, www.admissions.purdue.edu.

Good luck!!

Great Places to Hang Out on Campus: Greyhouse Coffee

If you’re tired of hanging out in your dorm, apartment, or house, I’m here to tell you about some awesome places around campus that are great to give you something new! Today the focus is on the amazing coffee shop conveniently located on the corner of Northwestern and State, called Greyhouse.

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Beyond having the best tasting coffee around, they have a variety of other options to satisfy your sweet tooth. Even better, the warm and welcoming environment makes Greyhouse a fantastic place to hang out whether you’re alone or with a group of friends. They always welcome their customers with a happy smile and kind greeting, and I think it is easy to feel at home the second you step inside! I’ll break down some of the details of the shop, which I know will be enough to convince you to check it out for yourself!

I can almost guarantee the first thing you’ll notice at Greyhouse is how uniquely and beautifully decorated it is! Like I said before, this helps create a super welcoming environment – I usually don’t want to leave once I get there. Once you place your order at the always-friendly counter, you go back to see a large room full of tables, chairs, and super comfortable lounge chairs. The only negative is it is usually quite difficult to find a seat, because it always seems to be packed. This is obviously a good problem to have, and I’ve never had a problem eventually getting a seat after waiting for only a few minutes.

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My favorite aspect of Greyhouse, of course, is their wonderful menu. I mean it when I say Greyhouse will immediately beat out any of your favorite chain coffee shops and cafes. There’s plenty to choose from, including coffee drinks like mochas and a uniquely delicious drink called Dr. Strangelove. If coffee isn’t for you, there’s a great variety of tea lattes, including the London Fog and the Chamomile Honey Latte. The crepes are all scrumptious, and you can never go wrong with any of the choices of gelato. To see the full menu, visit their official site, http://greyhousecoffee.com/, and click on the “Menu” tab!

Some other fun facts about Greyhouse that make it even more enticing is that they operate as a not-for-profit organization who want to make West Lafayette an all-around better community! There’s free high-speed Internet available inside, so you can always have access on your laptop if you’d like to stick around after your snack and study in a peaceful setting. You can check out more of these attractive details at http://greyhousecoffee.com/pages/about-us . As if all of this wasn’t enough, they provide live music and other entertainment almost every Friday night!

So what are you waiting for? Go try something new and stop in at Greyhouse. While you’re there, try my favorite drink for me, a Crème Brulee! I hope it becomes your new favorite place to hang out and you have a blast Boilers! ☺ -Kaleigh