Snapshots: Pursuit of Purdue. Meet Aaron!

Each month, we’ll take a look at some students 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 Aaron.

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Name: Aaron Campbell

Current year: Sophomore

Major: Planetary Science

How long were you in EXPL?

Three Semesters

Why did you start in EXPL?

I remember distinctly looking at my application and struggling with the option of what major I wanted to apply to. Whenever I thought I had decided, something changed my mind and I had second thoughts. I put off turning in my application until the last day it was due because of my struggle with choosing a major. Since the time to apply had come, I talked to my parents and we all agreed that Exploratory Studies was my best option.

Why did you choose your current major?

My advisor had given our class a list of classes she thought were interesting, different, had awesome professors, etc. I looked at this list near the end of my first semester when I was registering for classes and decided to take the ASTR 264 class that was on that list. I loved it. The first day I couldn’t wait to do my homework. That is when I knew I was on to something. I met with my advisor (Mary Beth Lencke) and we talked about the different paths into Astronomy. That’s when she told me about the Planetary Science major here at Purdue. I looked into it, read about the different research being done, took a couple classes required for the major, talked to a professor in the major and I knew it was what I wanted straight away. The day I received my CODO acceptance e-mail is one of the best of my life!

What kind of person would be good for this major?

Planetary Science requires patience, creativity, and a true passion for the scientific process. Some skills that are valuable are logical analysis of data, ability to work in groups, and the ability to convey complex ideas in simple ways.

Favorite thing about EXPL?

The people I’ve been able to meet throughout my years here. I have met a lot of people in my time in Exploratory Studies, all with different interests, abilities, personalities, and motivations. That variety is what keeps me coming back as a Peer Mentor. Everyone from fellow peer mentors, advisors in EXPL, Ambassadors, students etc. have been incredibly kind and helpful.

Do you feel Exploratory Studies was helpful to you during your first semester(s) at Purdue?

Absolutely. It gave me the skills necessary to find and research a major that I knew will be a good fit for me. More than that, it led me to learn an extremely valuable lesson. I realized that life’s uncertainty never goes away, and the best thing I can do for myself is to accept it and not let the fear of failure stop me from achieving my goals.

Favorite thing about Purdue?

There is a lot I love about Purdue. If I had to choose one, it would be that I’m proud that Purdue has a reputation for being a tough, academically focused school. People know the Purdue name world wide because of the work and success of past and current Boilermakers.”

Interview conducted and written by Emily R., junior.

Apply to be an EXPL Peer Mentor!

Have you ever wanted to help others and/or mentor someone? Do you have endless stores of knowledge and wisdom just waiting to be shared (academic, social, or professional)? Is your love for Exploratory Studies and Purdue infinite???

If so, then we’re looking for YOU! We need AWESOME, AMAZING, and DEDICATED students to help mentor new incoming Purdue students in Exploratory Studies next year. If you have a sincere interest, we encourage you to apply! Please follow the link below to the application for all the nitty-gritty details, and please note the upcoming deadline of Wednesday, April 8, 2015.

If you have any questions, contact the Peer Mentor Advisor, Mary Beth Lencke at mblencke@purdue.edu.

Application for Peer Mentors: http://www.purdue.edu/exploratory/get-involved/peer-mentors.html 

Snapshots: Pursuit of Purdue. Meet Emily!

Each month, we’ll take a look at some students 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 Emily.

Emily Grimm

Name: Emily Grimm

Current year: Sophomore

Major: Industrial Engineering

Hometown: Newburgh, IN

“How long were you in EXPL?

Two semesters.

Why did you start in EXPL? 

During my senior year of high school, I was very stressed about choosing a major. I knew I was interested in math and science, but I was not quite sure where I fit in the STEM fields. One of the deciding factors for attending Purdue was the Exploratory Studies program. Looking back on my experience with the program, I am so grateful that I started there! I learned so much about myself, careers, and even campus resources during my first semester. Now that I am in my major, I know this is exactly where I need to be and I would not have gotten there without Exploratory Studies.

Why did you choose your current major?

I chose Industrial Engineering because it combines my two passions: technical knowledge and people skills. While other engineers work with engines and circuit boards, IE’s work with people. In my major, the goal is to find the best way for people, technology, and machinery to work together to improve efficiency and reduce waste. It is so satisfying to examine all of the components of a system and re-engineer them to create a better overall product.

What type of person would be good for this major?

Industrial engineers work with a lot of data, so it is important to be able to see the big picture instead of focusing on small details. Also, many IE’s move on to management positions or start their own company, so it is important to develop strong interpersonal and communication skills. If you have lofty goals of becoming a CEO, the Industrial Engineering department produces the most CEOs of any school at Purdue! Although Industrial Engineering is not as heavy in technical knowledge as other fields, it still requires many math and science courses. But the great payback is that IE’s work in diverse fields and positions such as manufacturing, health care, business, finance, and even government.

Favorite thing about EXPL?

Being a part of the Exploratory Studies Advisory Council and all the fun activities we do.

Favorite thing about Purdue?

The community atmosphere and strong legacy of successful alumni.

Fun Fact?

Last semester, I got to build a quadcopter drone as part of an engineering class!”

Interview conducted and written by Jacob B., sophomore.

Mortar Board Cover Contest

Purdue students have the opportunity to submit a cover design for the 2015-2016 Mortar Board Calendar–a calendar purchased by over 14,000 students, parents, alumni, and members of the community each year. This contest is a unique opportunity for students to have their design printed for the entire Purdue community to appreciate!

The winning design will be featured on the 2015-2016 calendar, a short bio of the artist will be featured in the calendar, and there is a $250 prize!

Design entries are due by April 7, 2015. See flyer below for more information.

calendar cover 2015 contest flyer

Snapshots: Pursuit of Purdue. Meet Bry!

Each month, we’ll take a look at some students 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 Bry.

Bry Howard

Name: Bry Howard

Current year: Sophomore

Major: Accounting

How long were you in EXPL?

Three Semesters

Why did you start in EXPL?

I was unsure about what major I should enter college, so I choose Exploratory Studies as the best option.

Why did you choose your current major?

 I choose accounting because there is broad need for accountants and I really wanted a career out of college, and I really liked learning about the profitability of corporations.

What kind of person would be good for this major?

People in this major have to be well organized and comfortable giving presentations and meticulous when it comes to detail.

Favorite thing about EXPL?

All of the inventories we took in EDPS. They taught me a lot about myself helped be choose my path at Purdue.

Favorite thing about Purdue?

The people I met through day to day life here are by far my favorite part about Purdue.

Fun Fact?

I love playing intermural sports like flag football, basketball, and dodgeball.”

Interview conducted and written by Jacob B., sophomore.

Regional Campus visits to Register WL Students for Summer Courses

A Reminder from the Office of the Registrar:

Calumet, IUPUI, and North Central will be sending representatives to the West Lafayette campus the week of March 23 – 27 to register WL students for summer classes at their respective campuses.  Students wanting to attend IPFW will need to contact the IPFW admissions department directly.

The location for this year’s visits has been changed to the East Foyer of Stewart Center.

IUPUI:

  • March 23, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • March 24, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • March 25, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

North Central:

  • March 25, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Calumet:

  • March 26, 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • March 27, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.