We’re starting a new series that is all about our amazing EXPL advisors! We’ll feature one of our current advisors in each post that will give you a chance to get to know them more. Be sure to check back for other stories from each of our advising staff.
This post is all about Sean Eddington!
Sean Eddington has been an advisor with Exploratory Studies since May 2014. Before he was an advisor, he attended our very own Purdue for a bachelor’s degree in history with a minor in political science. While here at Purdue, Sean was very involved with student life and worked as an RA. This interest in leading and working with students carried on into his career as a graduate student at Northwest Missouri State University where he earned a masters in Higher Education Leadership.
Eventually, Sean found in way back to Purdue when a position in Exploratory Studies opened up. “I looked at the possibilities of teaching, advising, coaching, and mentoring converging in one position and I jumped at it,” Sean said. “Those four pieces—teaching, advising, coaching, and mentoring–have been part of my professional DNA, and I’m my best professional self when I get to do all of those things in my work. EXPL offered me an opportunity to practice those things daily with students.”
Sean loves working in Exploratory Studies because the students are spectacular, and it is especially great seeing them develop throughout their time in EDPS 105, or the academic and career planning class that all first year exploratory students are required to take. While all the moments are special to him, he said that the most rewarding times are when he sees students make connections in the classroom, whether that be finding a major that they love or rallying back from a low grade and succeeding.
The key to these successes is being a good Exploratory Studies student. According to Sean, students must be proactive, meaning they take an active role in their learning and research, adaptable, resilient, and have a spirit of adventure.
Sean also loves being back at Purdue, stating that the traditions and little markers of culture all around campus are what make it special. And of course, the Boilermaker Special driving around campus adds to the great atmosphere as well.
Looking back at his career, Sean said he wouldn’t change a thing. “Everything that I’ve done, my experiences (both good, bad, in between), and my adventures are all part of my story,” Sean said. “Overall, it’s been funny, awkward, but a really neat journey. Without my experiences, I wouldn’t be doing what I’m currently doing!”
-Written by Lauren M., sophomore