Each week, we’ll take a look at a student who started their journey in Exploratory Studies. All of these students have found their perfect major at Purdue. Be sure to check out our blog each week for a new post that will feature a different student and their new major at Purdue.
Let’s meet Jesse.
Name: Jesse Palma
Current year: Freshman
Major(s): Industrial Design
“Jesse had a lot of ideas as to what he wanted to do. It was safe to say he was all over the place! He was stuck between engineering, pharmacy, medicine, and building/construction management. He said his reason for choosing EXPL was he did not waste his time in a major he may not even like.
After only one semester in EXPL, Jesse decided to CODO to Industrial Design. Jesse is really passionate about designing and that is why he wanted to do engineering in the first place. He admires the design of everything and he wanted to “be a part of the beauty of the world.” He said Industrial Design is “everything he wanted to do.” He also stated that he wouldn’t have found the major if Tiffany (his advisor) hadn’t helped guide him along the way. Jesse did not even know this major had existed until his advisor, Tiffany, emailed him with a list of majors she thought would interest him and when he saw the word “design” he was intrigued. After some research, he knew that Industrial Design was exactly what he wanted to do.
So what does it take to be an Industrial Design major? Jesse says creativity is a huge component in this major. You also have to be able to think critically, but also be open-minded. Jesse mentioned that although something his designs may look pretty it has to be practical, so you have to be able to accept that your work may have to be modified. Jesse also mentioned he works with computers frequently so it is a good idea to be comfortable using one.
Although his time in EXPL was short, his favorite thing about EXPL was his advisor. He loved the fact that Tiffany got to know him personally and was able to really work with him on finding a major. Jesse loved that Tiffany made it seem like it was her personal goal to help him find a major. He is so thankful that she worked so closely with him.
Hands down Jesse’s favorite thing about Purdue is the opportunities Purdue has to offer- whether it be academically or socially. He said, “It really makes the college experience worthwhile.” Jesse has joined numerous clubs and is in a fraternity. He loves that there are always cool people to meet and that there are so many things to do!”
Interview conducted and written by Emily S., freshman.