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 Avery.
Name: Avery Sameshima
Current year: Sophomore
Major(s): Hospitality & Tourism Management
When did you start in Exploratory Studies?
I started my college career in Exploratory Studies.
How long were you in Exploratory Studies?
I was in Exploratory Studies for 3 semesters, but knew what major I would choose by the end of my second.
Why did you start in Exploratory Studies?
Exploratory Studies seemed like the best idea for me since I’d had no idea what major or career I’d wanted. When I first arrived at Purdue, I was considering majoring in political science, or theatre, or nursing. It’s a varied selection, I know. However, as I went to meetings and call-outs for these majors as a requirement for my Exploratory Studies class, I discovered none of them were right for me. This is exactly what I joined Exploratory Studies for: to find out what I did not want to do.
Why did you choose your current major?
I chose Hospitality & Tourism Management because I love working with people and making them feel comfortable and happy. Customer Service is something I value quite a lot, and with the recent jobs I’ve had in food service, I’ve really been able to see a lot of what a career in HTM requires.
What kind of personalities would be good for this major? What are some of the skills or abilities people should be aware of in order to enjoy this major?
All kinds of people can major in HTM. However, it does require a strong trait of sociability and compassion. The jobs require so much interaction amongst coworkers and customers that someone who cannot function well in a social setting would probably not benefit the job. Most of the people I’ve met in this major are very social, kind, hard-working, and constant learners. The job requires research for everything, whether it be preparation for an interview or even just having a guest speaker. Research must be done to show that we care and to make our own impressions.
What was your favorite thing about Exploratory Studies?
My absolute favorite thing about Exploratory Studies was my teacher and advisor, Mary Beth Lencke. If I were asked who my favorite and best teacher here was, I would give them her name. Not only was she extremely kind and helpful, but she always listened to what I wanted to do and talked me through the pros and cons. She’s a great advisor and an even better person.
Do you feel Exploratory Studies was helpful to you during your first semester(s) at Purdue?
Exploratory Studies was extremely helpful, though I might not have realized it. Going to all the meetings and call-outs and researching the majors that I showed interest in really helped me pick and choose. It all gave me an overall sense of whether or not I felt like I belonged in the major, would succeed in the major, and would enjoy a career in it for the rest of my life.
Are you surprised at where you have ended up in your studies?
I’m not surprised at where I am, I just hadn’t expected to have taken so many turns. I first started off at Purdue in some pretty high level math and science classes. Then, I went on to doing maths and management courses. Now that I’m in a majority of HTM courses, I can see that I really had to fight through the other courses because I’d not been passionate for them or felt they were beneficial. I think that having gone through that has prepared me for my HTM courses and the amount of effort I will need to put in.
What’s your favorite thing about Purdue?
My favorite thing about Purdue would definitely be Harrison Grille! It’s my favorite place to work and the food is delicious. You should definitely come by some time and grab a bite to eat. We close at 1 am every night!
I joined a hip hop dance crew on campus called Dance 2XS. We are not competitive, but we do have two trips that are out of state in which we showcase what we’ve learned and developed. It is one of my favorite things to do here at Purdue, and I will definitely be re-joining after this semester.
Interview conducted my Emily R., junior