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