Week 1 of 2015 STAR

Here’s the pictures we have from this week’s STAR days!

Monday, June 15

Track 1

Track 2

Track 3

Tuesday, June 16

Track 1

Track 2

Track 4

Wednesday, June 17

Track 1

Track 1

Track 2

Track 2

Track 3

Track 4


Thursday, June 18

Track 1

Track 2


Track 3

Track 4

Please note: We do our very best to have a picture from each Track but there are some days we are unable to take pictures of all of them.

Order your 2015-2016 Exploratory T-Shirt!

A perfect way to show your family’s school pride is by purchasing an Exploratory Studies Custom Designed T-shirt!  

  • These light grey shirts feature the student-designed Exploratory Studies logo on the back and an official Purdue pocket logo on the front.
  • Shirts are available in unisex adult sizes S, M, L, XL, & XXL (see ordering directions below) for the low price of $14 – $15 + tax each (depending on the size).
  • Profits from the shirt sale support student engagement activities organized by the Exploratory Student Advisory Council (ESAC).
  • If you have an incoming student and order before your STAR appointment, your student will receive her/his shirt(s) during their STAR advising appointment (while supplies last) or during our College Welcome/September check-in! What a wonderful surprise!
  • If you decide to order after your STAR date – that is OK! Your student will receive their shirt when they come back to campus this fall.
  • If you’re a current or former student  you can still order a shirt! Just make a note in the box saying you’re a current student and will be by to pick up your shirt.

Below is a design of the t-shirt along with directions on how to order one today!

Exploratory Studies Shirt

Please be SURE to include your student’s full name and STAR date in the “notes” section of your order.

To order:

  1. Click on https://www.coolfaces.net/TooCOOLPUWL/vECLiveCategory/ShowLiveCategory.aspx
  2. Click ‘Sign In’ (top right corner or web page)
    • Leave username and password blank and click on ‘Register’ at bottom of the page.
    • Enter your account information; under ‘Contact’ makes sure to list an email address so that your order confirmation is sent to you after your purchase.
    • Enter your billing address for shipping HOWEVER PLEASE note that shirts are NOT going to be shipped – they are available for pick up only — your student’s advisor will give them their shirt. We just need to enter an address in there to make the program work J.
    • Click ‘Submit.’
  3. On main page, click on ‘T-Shirts.’
    • Click on ‘Exploratory Studies T-Shirt.’
      1. Verify quantity.
      2. Select size.
    • Click ‘Add to Cart’
      1. A message will show that your order has been added to your shopping cart; click ‘OK.’
  4. Click ‘Cart’ at top of page
    • Click ‘<-Ship to Customer’ to automatically fill in your information.
    • Include your student’s full name and STAR date in the notes section of your order.

*NOTE:  if your student is completing Virtual STAR, enter ‘VSTAR’ instead5.

5. Click ‘Proceed to Payment.’

6. Click ‘Check Out’

    • Click ‘Send to uPay.’
    • Enter payment information and submit.

7. A confirmation email will be sent to your registered email (please retain a copy of this until your son or daughter has received his/her shirt).

Thank you for your support!



Emily Grimm| ESAC T-Shirt Fundraiser Chair


Colleen Brown| ESAC Advisor

Purdue Day of Giving

It’s time for the Purdue Day of Giving! If you’d like to support Exploratory Studies, you can do so by following these steps:

Visit https://dayofgiving.purdue.edu/give/

Toward the top of the page you designate “General Giving Opportunities” and then “Other.”

Giving 1

And further down the page you specify “EXPL general scholarship fund” in the “Comments” box.

Giving 2

We appreciate your thoughtful contribution. We will use the funds to award scholarships to current students in Exploratory Studies!

Snapshots: Pursuit of Purdue. Meet Carlee!

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 Carlee.

Carlee Newsome

Name: Carlee Newsome

Current Year: Junior

 Major: Organizational Leadership & Entrepreneur Certificate

“Carlee started in Exploratory Studies in the Fall of 2012 and was in to for 2 years. Carlee started her journey in Exploratory Studies because she wasn’t sure of what she wanted to study in college and knew the program would help guild her in the right direction. She liked the extra help they offer to students.

Carlee choose Organizational Leadership because she was interested in business, as well as, working with people. Studying leadership teaches her how to influence and empower a group of people to work toward a common goal while still helping individuals discover and use their individual strengths to reach their full potential. As a person who loves helping others and leading them in the right direction, Organizational Leadership was perfect for her. People who thrive in this major are those who take initiative, enjoy open discussions and like to work in teams. Upper division OLS classes almost always have group work and creative minds are favorable.

Her favorite thing while in Exploratory Studies was her learning community. She was given the chance to get close to a group of students who all had similar mindsets during her first year of school. This was beneficial to her because it allowed them all to use each other as a resource and to know others were going through the same confusing journey. Her learning community also kept her involved and socially active.

Carlee’s favorite thing about Purdue is the diverse resources and opportunities the University provides for us. There are so many activities, social events, lectures, workshops and conferences going on every week on Purdue’s Campus. There is simply not even hours in the day for her to do all of the things she would like to take advantage of.

She doesn’t have a favorite anything because her preferences are always changing. Except for her favorite University of course, Hail Purdue!”

Written by Kari L., junior 

Spring Fest and Bug Bowl (April 18 – 19)

Well, you’ve seen the tents go up all over the Ag campus and that can mean only one thing . . . it’s SpringFest!  This is a wonderful event, even if you are not a “bug-person”!

SpringFest (and Bug Bowl)
April 18 – 19
10 am – 4 pm each day
Free admission

Returning family favorite events and activities include:

  • 52nd annual College of Veterinary Medicine open house
  • Purdue engineering Envision
  • Science Outreach Showcase
  • 102nd annual Horticulture Show
  • 25th annual Entomology Bug Bowl
  • Cricket spitting contests
  • Roach races
  • Equine treadmill demonstration
  • Sheep shearing demonstration

There a lot of new activities this year, including:

  • Landscape Architecture: Coloring contest, coloring books, and professional consultation.
  • Public Health Student Association: Learn how to make a bracelet that turns colors in UV light.
  • Purdue Audiology Student Organization: Hearing aid demos and design your own set of ears to wear
  • Student Sustainability Council: Crafts, games, activities and treats
  • Purdue Pandemonium: Arts and crafts to teach the importance of community and respect for others
  • Krannert Minute Business Challenge: Create and present innovative solutions to a panel of judges
  • Visiting our Solar System Open House: (at Discovery Park) View a large-scale model of the solar system.
  • IU School of Medicine: (at Lyles Porter Hall)  Explore the human skeleton and immune system


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.



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.