EXPL’s Amazing Advisors: Sean Eddington

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

Summer 2016 Courses: ENTR 20000 and 31000

From Rita Baker, Coordinating Academic Advisor for the Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation program:

Good news: ENTR 20000 and ENTR 31000 (prerequisite ENTR 20000) are among the Summer session offerings!  These summer classes have received rave reviews from previous participants.  ENTR 20000 is offered MTWR from 9:00 am – 11:50 am during Module 1 (i.e. Maymester, 5/16 – 6/10).  ENTR 31000 is offered MTWRF from 8:40 am – 10:50 am during Module 2 (i.e. Junemester, 6/13-7/8).

Students are welcome to take either – providing the pre-requisite is met for 31000 – or both!

Summer Course Tutorial III: Purdue Regional and other colleges

If you are interested in taking summer courses at a Purdue regional campus (IUPUI, Calumet, Purdue North Central, or IPFW), representatives from some of these campuses (not IPFW) will be visiting West Lafayette to help you register (we’ll post specific dates and time to the blog soon).  Regional campus courses transfer both grade and credit back to the West Lafayette campus.

You will need to apply for summer admission with these campuses before you can fully schedule for courses.  Here’s the transfer admission information for each campus: IUPUI, Purdue Calumet, Purdue North Central, and IPFW.

If you want to take summer courses at another college or university outside of the Purdue system:

  • Realize that no grades will transfer, but you must earn a C- or better in the course in order for that course credit to transfer back to Purdue.  Transfer credit does NOT replace Purdue grades.
  • Check the Transfer Credit Database for your course’s Purdue equivalent: https://selfservice.mypurdue.purdue.edu/prod/bzwtxcrd.p_select_info.  X’s in place of course numbers in this database means that your college’s course has no Purdue equivalent (for example, “MA 1XXXX”).
  • Contact the college’s admission department.  Tell them that you are only taking courses during the summer.  Most colleges and schools have admission categories for “temporary,” “summer,” “transfer,” or “transient” students.  Enroll and register with them.
  • Don’t take online laboratory courses without consulting your advisor first! Other courses taken online are probably fine.
  • Taking courses at international universities and colleges:
    • College of Science will not accept courses from non-degree-granting schools who use reputable universities as a location to teach their courses.  This is probably true across most of Purdue’s colleges and schools.
    • College of Management will only accept transfer courses from AACSB-accredited universities.

How do I transfer courses back to Purdue?

Ask the Registrar’s office at your summer college to send an official, final transcript to this address:

Purdue University
Credit Evaluation
Schleman Hall of Student Services
475 Stadium Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Or the transcript can be sent electronically from the Registrar’s office through a transcript service to admissions@purdue.edu.   An official transcript is required from any college outside the West Lafayette campus, including Purdue’s regional campuses.

Summer Course Tutorial II: Purdue Online courses

Are there online courses during the summer?

Yes, tons.  An Advanced Search in MyPurdue > Registration Tab > Look Up Classes can quickly show you your options.  Select all of the Subjects by clicking the first, then hold the Shift key down and click the last option on the list.  Then select “Online” from the Instructional Method box.

  • “Online” means that the entire course is online and can be completed away from the Purdue West Lafayette campus*.
  • “Primarily Online” means that most of the course can be completed at a distance, but may have a small on-campus component to it.
  • “Hybrid” mean that the course is “flipped.”  The lecture is usually available online, but the bulk of the course is still held on-campus.

Purdue online courses versions cover the same material as the on-campus version and incur the same number of credits (and cost).  Like traditional on-campus courses they have a variety of duration, so make sure you pay attention to the starting and end dates of the course. You can register for any Purdue online course using the Scheduling Assistant on MyPurdue.

*Do online courses require on-campus tests?

Some do, but many don’t.  To be sure, check the Notes column in MyPurdue > Academics tab > Look Up Classes link or e-mail the professor of the course if you have concerns.  To find the professor’s e-mail in Look Up Classes, click on the CRN of the section you’re interested in, then on the envelope icon next to the professor’s name.  A      “(P)” next to the name means that they are the primary instructor for the course and should be e-mailed first.

Tomorrow, we’ll discuss taking summer courses at Purdue’s regional campus and other colleges outside of the Purdue system.

Investigate Science Careers at “Coffee & Conversation” (Feb. 16)

From the Biology Counseling Newsletter, January 28, 2016:

Coffee & Conversation (C&C) brings students together with College of Science alumni and professionals from a particular field.  The alumni and professionals for this event will share their experiences and answer your questions about how you can become a competitive candidate in today’s job market.

The next C&C will cover biology and chemistry careers.  It will be held on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.

SEATS ARE LIMITED!  Sign up for this great opportunity by emailing dsheese@purdue.edu.  You’ll get more information about the location and event format once you sign up.

Sponsored by the PSSC (Purdue Science Student Council) and the College of Science.

EXPO Career Fair (Feb. 1 – 3)

From the PESC EXPO Career Fair website:

The EXPO Career Fair is an interactive, one-day job fair that annually attracts approximately 150 companies and over a thousand students from Purdue University. From one year to the next, EXPO continues to grow and with your help, we expect this year will be even more successful than the last.

The fair itself will be held on the concourse of Mackey Arena on Monday, February 1st. Company seminars will be held in the evening on the same day, Monday, February 1st, following the fair. Interviews will then be held on campus once the fair has concluded until Wednesday, February 3rd.

EXPO is open to all undergraduate and graduate students throughout a variety of majors, primarily within the engineering, science and technology fields. As members of Purdue’s consistently top-ranked colleges, these students offer exceptional talent and leadership skills. EXPO is a perfect opportunity for employers to personally network with hundreds of these outstanding students from Purdue University.