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

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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.

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!!

CS Bridge Program

The CS department is hosting a Bridge Program from August 3 – 15 for students who have strong math skills, but may not have enough programming experience to tackle the first course in the major, CS18000 (requires Calculus I placement).  All majors are welcome!  This program may be especially beneficial for those who are trying to decide whether or not CS would be a good option.  Begin your investigation here: https://www.cs.purdue.edu/undergraduate/bridge/.  If you have questions, please contact the Bridge Class Coordinator, Tracy Harrington-Atkinson, at harring0@purdue.edu.