Upcoming CCO Workshops and Events (April 6, 7, and beyond)

Need some strategies to improve your LinkedIn profile and your interview preparation?  Here are two workshops you don’t want to miss!

April 6 | 5:30 pm | UNIV 117

Acing the Interview
April 7 | 5:30 pm | UNIV 117

There are a lot of great events coming up at the CCO, including Actuarial Awareness Night, Bender Virtual Career Fair, Green Career Fair, Teaching Recruitment Day, One-on-one with IU School of Medicine, and Seminary & Theological Grad School Virtual Fair!


Virtual Career Fair / Hire Big 10 Plus (April 7 & 8)

From Allie Bowes, CCO:

Are YOU looking for a full-time job, internship, or co-op? Hire Big 10 Plus will be hosting a Virtual Career Fair on April 7 & 8, 2015. Students and alumni from all Big 10 schools are invited to interact via chat sessions and meet employers recruiting talent across all majors and degrees. With this opportunity, you will save valuable time and your job search process will be simplified. Register now!


The Challenge 5kRun/Walk (April 18) and Spring Fest (April 18 & 19)

April 18 The Challenge 5K run/walk supports innovative cancer research happening at the Purdue University Center for Cancer Research. Participants are invited to join us on April 18 at 8:30 a.m.  at Ross-Ade Stadium to help fight cancer. Purdue’s Head Football Coach, Darrell Hazell will start the race with a big bang! You will also find many of your favorite student athletes participating that morning. Learn more or register at  thepurduechallenge.com. Can’t make it? Sign up to “Sleep In”.

April 18 and 19:  Spring Fest is an annual event showcasing the lighter side of higher education. This free event is a great opportunity for students of all ages to learn about animals, art, astronomy, and much more in two full days of hands-on activities. It’s part education, part entertainment, and all fun! Activities run from 10-4 PM.

April 18

The Purdue football team will hold its annual spring game on Saturday, April 18. The Ross-Ade Stadium gates will open at noon, with kickoff set for 1 p.m. Take part in a pre-game Fan Fest event where fans can interact with the players. There is no admission charge for the game. Cancer survivors will have the opportunity to escort the team from the locker room to the field. All participants in The Challenge 5K run/walk will receive a special offer in their virtual race bag for deeply discounted tickets to the Purdue Hammer Down Cancer football game set for Sept. 26, 2015.

First-Year Leadership Series (April 8 – 29)

First-Year Students: Avoid the sophomore slump! Get connected and involved now!

What is it?  The First-Year Leadership Series (FLS) is for first-year (freshmen and transfer) Purdue students. This four session series will explore theorists Kouzes and Pozner’s Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership.  These are interactive, discussion–based, and reflection-focused workshops.

Students who complete the series will finish their first year at Purdue stronger by:

  • Experiencing leadership growth                Enhancing their resumes
  • Learning about leadership opportunities    Receiving a certificate for their portfolios

Schedule?  Each session is from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm.

Wednesday, April 8, KRACH 260: Overview and Model the Way
Wednesday, April 15, KRACH 260: Challenge the Process
Wednesday, April 22, Third Street 159: Inspire a Shared Vision and Enable Others to Act
Wednesday, April 29, KRACH 260: Encourage the Heart and Wrap-up

Ready to commit?  Come to the first session in KRACH 260 on Wednesday, April 8, at 5:30 PM or you can sign-up in advance.

Questions?  E-mail Brianne Rogers, Coordinator of Leadership Development, Civic Engagement and Leadership Development, at briannerogers@purdue.edu or call (765) 496-2452.

Remembering Their Journey: Jacob B.

For those of you still in high school, you’re probably experiencing a lot of thoughts and feelings about college…you’re not the only one! In this series, “Remembering Their Journey”, we’ll hear from five current and former Exploratory Studies students. They’ll take a look back on their experience in high school, share their memories with you and chat about their college experiences thus far.

Jacob B

Let’s meet Jacob. Here’s his story:

“Ok so I’ll be honest I was scared…

It seemed like during senior of high school everyone knew exactly what he or she were doing , where they were going and were so excited to start their journey. But me on the other hand, I had no idea what I wanted to do. I was interested in several subjects; my work experiences were varied so I know I liked several different types of work environments. So I was totally lost.

I went to Purdue on a visit; I fell in love with campus. Love a first sight never happens with a girl, but it did happen with these brick buildings and the feeling you get when you’re here. Anyway, I knew I wanted to come to Purdue I just didn’t know what I wanted to study. I went to the Exploratory Studies meeting on my visit and I found out it was ok to be unsure. Statics showed students changed majors two or three times before graduating but students that transferred out of Exploratory Studies tended to graduate on time in that major they transferred into. So I was sold. I put down Exploratory Studies as my major and showed up on campus first week of classes.

While in Exploratory Studies you have to take EDPS 105 which is a course where your advisor is the professor and you learn a lot about you as a person and where your interest are. I found out that mine were in business. So after my second semester freshman year I started the process of transferring into the business school. It was hard but my advisor helped me out tremendously. Now I have a 3.30 GPA in the Krannert School of Management and I will be able to graduate on time.

I would not have changed the way I started at Purdue though. Being in Exploratory Studies gave me the confidence in myself that business was what I wanted to do. If you don’t know what you want to do and you love Purdue, consider joining Exploratory Studies.” -Jacob B., sophomore


Apply to be an EXPL Peer Mentor!

Have you ever wanted to help others and/or mentor someone? Do you have endless stores of knowledge and wisdom just waiting to be shared (academic, social, or professional)? Is your love for Exploratory Studies and Purdue infinite???

If so, then we’re looking for YOU! We need AWESOME, AMAZING, and DEDICATED students to help mentor new incoming Purdue students in Exploratory Studies next year. If you have a sincere interest, we encourage you to apply! Please follow the link below to the application for all the nitty-gritty details, and please note the upcoming deadline of Wednesday, April 8, 2015.

If you have any questions, contact the Peer Mentor Advisor, Mary Beth Lencke at mblencke@purdue.edu.

Application for Peer Mentors: http://www.purdue.edu/exploratory/get-involved/peer-mentors.html