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 Cara Wetzel!
Cara Wetzel has been an advisor with Exploratory Studies since 2008. However, she previously worked in the math department as an advisor as well. While she enjoyed her time there, she said that she only got to see her students once a semester to schedule classes and never really got to know them. EXPL is much different.
“In EXPL, we get to teach EDPS 105 to our own students, which has helped me learn more about my students in one semester than I could in 4 years before,” Cara said.
While Cara loves being an advisor, it wasn’t always the career she had envisioned for herself. In college she majored in math because she was good at it in high school and had no idea what she wanted to do with her life. Her opportunity to become an advisor came when she was at a crossroads in her life, so she decided to take it. Due to having a wonderful undergraduate advisor, a plethora of life experiences, and an open mind, Cara took advising in stride and is still enjoying it today.
For her, advising is very rewarding and she likes seeing the progress students make.
“Student comes in determined that a certain major is absolutely right for them,” Cara said. “Then Student takes EDPS 10500 and suddenly realizes there is a whole world out there and starts to really think about what they want. Every time I get someone to truly think, reflect, and evaluate it makes me smile.”
Cara also believes being a good EXPL student is key to success. She says that a student who is willing to keep an open mind and really dig into why they do or do not like something tends to have the most luck later on in his or her career. Luckily, Purdue is the perfect place for this as it is full of smart, driven students.
The small feel to campus is one of Cara’s favorite things about Purdue. She says it isn’t often that she goes someplace on campus and doesn’t run into someone she knows. She is also a big supporter of the colors black and gold, stating that they are much better than cream and crimson.
Looking back on her career, Cara said she wouldn’t change much as each decision and path along the way has brought her to where she is now. However, if she could change one thing, it would be to do more research in picking and major and using the knowledge and insight she has now back then. She also adds that finding a way to get the power of teleportation would be the cherry on top.