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 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.

Snapshots: Pursuit of Purdue. Meet Julie!

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 for a new post that will feature a different student and their new major at Purdue.

Let’s meet Julie.

Julie Mohomad

“Julie Mohomad is a senior at Purdue, but a junior in her major, Interior Design. She’s also working on minors in both Psychology and Building Construction. She started out in Exploratory Studies in her Fall 2012 semester, and stayed an Explorer for three semesters, going into Exploratory Studies to see what her options were and to explore what Purdue had to offer. She believes that the most valuable thing that she learned in Exploratory was the information about all the majors Purdue has to offer and the sheer number of how many majors there are. Her favorite thing about being in Exploratory Studies were the career searches they did in the EDPS courses.

After her three semesters in Exploratory Studies, she CODO’d into Civil Engineering, but decided the engineering aspects weren’t for her, as she wanted to do construction and design. That’s when she went into Interior Design.

Julia enjoys Interior Design because it lets you be creative and you have a lot of opportunity to express yourself and develop your own sense of style. She says that people within the major generally consist of those with a creative mindset who can still think in terms of engineering and how stuff works. Last summer, Julia had an internship that involved working with fabrics and upholstery, consisting mostly of decorating. In the long run, Julia wants to work for a commercial firm and build and design restaurants and hotels.

To those thinking about CODOing into Interior Design or to those that already have, she has a few suggestions and tips. She wants those interested in the major to know that there’s a lot of projects that sometimes coincide, so at times it can be difficult to balance your schedule, and you might have to pull some all-nighters. Make sure to plan wisely! This is especially important in your junior year, as it has the heaviest course load of the years. In addition, she recommends you are constantly building your network and to make full use of it – it will definitely help you land an internship.

As a senior, Julia suggests to everyone (especially those in Exploratory Studies) to look into the majors of every school and explore for yourself – find out what they all have to offer. Learn about the majors and what it means to be in that major before assuming based off of the name or what you’ve heard before. Talk to people within that major and ask them to share their experiences.

Julie’s favorite thing about Purdue is the people: they’re always really nice and willing to help you out when you need it.”

Written by Liam P., freshman

Snapshots: Pursuit of Purdue. Meet Erin!

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 Erin.

“Erin graduated from Purdue in May of 2015 with a major in Public Relations and Strategic Communication. During her freshman year, she started in Exploratory Studies. In fact, one of the reasons she came to Purdue was because of our program. “I had no idea what I wanted to major in, but I knew that Purdue could help me decide. I also didn’t want to pick a major that I wasn’t committed to, and end up changing it 2 or 3 times throughout my time at Purdue.”

It wasn’t long until Erin found her dream major as she applied for a Change of Degree Objective, or CODO, into the Brian Lamb School of Communication the spring semester of her freshmen year.

While many students often question their choice of major, Erin knew it was the one for her. “Once I heard about Communication and Public Relations, I knew that was a good fit. I loved the classes I was in, and knew I was in the right place.” She highly enjoyed the writing aspect and wanted to learn more about marketing. This made Public Relations the right choice.

She also believes that there a lot qualities that make a good Public Relations specialist. Someone pursuing this needs to know that it is all about effective communication and using their skills as a communicator to help others. One of the most challenging aspects of studying Public Relations is the difficult coursework. However, Erin believes that if the subject is something that you are passionate about, then the work comes easy. Creativity and intuitive ideas are also a large part of the major, as are presentations. She stated that after only four months of work she has already had to give several presentations to clients. However, all of Erin’s hard work paid off. After graduation, she took a job at Asher Agency in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, as an Account Coordinator.

While Erin enjoys her major, she had a few favorite things about Exploratory Studies as well. “I loved my advisor!! I had Sue Aufderheide, and she was such a great resource during my first semester at Purdue. She invited our class to dinner at her house, and even 3 years later still ran into friends from that first EDPS class we had. It was so nice being undecided in my major, and meeting a group of people who were in the same position. It made Purdue feel a little smaller.”

Purdue itself also brought her a lot of great opportunities. During her sophomore year, she joined a Cooperative House called Glenwood. She stated that it was one of the best decisions she made as a student, as it allowed her to form lifelong friendships and get involved with activities like Purdue University Dance Marathon and the Purdue Cooperative Council as the VP of Women’s Recruitment. The summer before her senior year she also studied abroad in Madrid, Spain, as a part of her minor in Spanish. She stated that she was able to enjoy great food, immerse herself in the language and culture, and even had the opportunity to attend the Running of the Bulls festival in Pamplona, Spain.

Starting in Exploratory Studies may seem scary at first. However, it can lead to a plethora of wonderful opportunities. The right major is out there for everyone.”

Written by Lauren M., sophomore

Snapshots: Pursuit of Purdue. Meet Sydney!

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 Sydney.

Name: Sydney Fara

Current year: Junior

Major: Public Relations and Strategic Communication (focus in Advertising) with a minor in Psychology.

Sydney Fara is a Junior in PR and Strategic Communication (focus in Advertising) and minoring in Psychology. She started as an explorer in her freshman year in 2013, because she was not sure which major offered by Purdue would be the best fit for her.

She spent one year in Exploratory Studies during which she tried different classes related to majors that she was considering. She took Biology classes and classes for Brain and Behavioral Sciences. However, after taking those classes she realized that specializing in Science (which was something she was interested in high-school) was not what she wanted to do. She then looked at her other interests such as graphic design, communication and working with people. PR and Strategic communication seemed like the perfect fit for her. Sydney CODOed into PR after taking the suggestion from her advisor and hasn’t looked back since.

From Sydney’s experience, the PR and Strategic Communication major is suitable for people who want to work with people. Public speaking is also an important part of this major but anyone who is not comfortable with it, Sydney has some advise for you. She says “ I was scared of public speaking but trust me, if I can get over it, so can you! And as always, you wouldn’t be a Purdue student if you weren’t already hardworking!” In addition to those skills, it is very helpful to know Photoshop, Excel and WordPress very well. The classes that she takes do not teach specifically about these programs so Sydney recommends that you take a course on learning about them or practice in your own time.

Her favorite thing about Exploratory Studies was her advisor who knew “everything about every major” offered here at Purdue. As a result, her advisor was able to answer any questions that she might have had. Sydney says “Exploratory Studies allows you to get a jump start into your education without wasting time or money while you decide your future major.”

Finally, her favorite thing about Purdue is the culture, traditions and the memories that she has made here.

A fun fact about her is that she was a BGR Team Leader this Fall!

Written by Nisa R., sophomore