Getting Through the Daily Grind

If you’re like most college students, caffeine is one of your closest friends. If you’re not dependent on it yet, you may want to prepare yourself for the inevitable. Lucky for you, Purdue has an abundance of coffee shops to get you through those stressful exam weeks, lengthy group meetings, and inescapable all-nighters.

Many of our academic buildings have little coffee places, but I’ll cover a few of the best places that you can go to catch up with a friend, have a quiet meeting, or peacefully study before class.

Purdue Memorial Union

The Union offers three great spots for coffee! Starbucks is the go-to for many students, but the lines there can get really long, especially between classes in the afternoon. If you’re going to the Starbucks in the union, make sure you’ve got some time to kill! If you’re in a hurry and want an espresso beverage like Starbucks has, check out the Oasis down the hall from Starbucks. The Oasis is a nice place for coffee and lunch, and makes a fantastic white-mocha. Last for the union, if you’re trying to just get your fix of a regular brewed coffee, Urban Market has a good selection of coffee to choose from too!

Chauncey Village Area

If you’re looking for something a little more peaceful and away from the hustle and bustle of campus, there are two coffee shops in the Chauncey Village area that are great for studying and relaxing! The first is Vienna Coffee, which is just east of the corner of State St. and Northwestern Ave. Vienna has a broad selection of drinks and baked goods to choose from, as well as an abundance of comfy furniture for lounging. Right on the corner of State and Northwestern and pretty close to Vienna is Greyhouse Coffee Co. Greyhouse makes a delicious crème brulee latte, and sells coffee beans and teas to take home too! Like Vienna, they have a good selection of foods, but also offer gelato and hot crepes. Greyhouse fills up quick at in the evening, so get there early to claim a good study spot.

I hope these great places on campus offer you some relaxation and fuel for your exam weeks ahead! You can check out Purdue’s Dining Services for a full list of places to get coffee on campus!

Best Wishes,


Classes 411: Bowling & Organizational Behavior

Hey there, Madi here! I hope everyone has been enjoying the new (ish) semester!

For my first post of the year, I will start with something fun to cheer y’all up in this dreary winter we seem to be perpetually stuck in.

Maybe you are having a little cabin fever or getting bogged down by loads of work? Checkout PES115 – Bowling. You read that right, you can take Bowling for credit here at Purdue! It’s for all skill levels, just be prepared to have fun. If you want to improve your game or learn how the pros bowl, this class just might be for you! Let’s be honest here, who doesn’t want to learn how to make a bowling ball head straight towards the gutter but end up knocking down all the pins instead??

Maybe you just want something easy to help you relax a little? Well, OLS 252 will be right up your alley. It’s Organizational Behavior and though it might not sound like it, it is a fun class and could provide a nice break between all your other aggressive classes.

Remember, some classes I suggest may not be offered every semester. Simply tuck them away for future reference and keep an open eye out every new registration period :)

Boiler Up, Madi out!

Classes 411: Resources

Hey everyone! Welcome back from break – I hope it was fantastic!

Seeing that the first round of class sign ups is over for everyone and the scary fact that it is Dead Week, this time I’d like to talk about class resources you can utilize to help you study! This will be short and sweet so as not to distract you too much.

First and foremost, your professors’ and TAs’ office hours are the best resources out there! They have them for a reason AND seeing that they are the ones with the foremost knowledge of test material, they are truly the best to ask. Here’s a tip: go in with questions prepared. Do not go in expecting them to reveal the whole test to you just because you graced them with your presence.

There are help rooms located all over campus for various subjects – all you have to do is find them. The math help room is a good example. It is located in the Math building (shocker) and is set up like a group study more or less. You sit at a table with a group of students just like you and when you come across a question you do not know you, one of the many TAs will come over to help you!

Perhaps you have a final paper due in a class in addition to OR instead of a final? Well, the Purdue Online Writing Lab is a indispensable resource that you should utilize to make the paper outstanding. The website itself ( is full of helpful tips and resources such as APA and MLA formatting and tutor resources. If you would like someone to proof read your paper, you simple have to make an appointment and experts in writing will help you!

I sincerely hope this helps you guys!

May the odds be ever in your favor J


Classes 411: College of Ag

It’s Madi again! We are now ringing in November, which means there is not much time remaining in the Fall Semester. Where has the time gone?

This time around I’m going to talk specifically about some interesting agricultural classes. If you are not in the College of Ag, do not turn away! Many of these classes can apply to various requirements for many majors. In fact, I am in the College of Health and Human Sciences and I have taken one.

First and foremost, AGEC 217 is a classic economics class and Dr. DeBoer is a great professor with a flare for teaching. He typically teaches a power hour and his teaching style will not only keep you entertained, but also help you grasp the concepts much easier.

My second suggestion is ENTM 105. Yes, this is an entomology class or better known as Insects: Friend and Foe. Insects are not just tiny annoying creatures; to quote the Lion King they play an important part in the “circle of life” and can aid in crime scene investigations. However, if you have a phobia of insects, keep in mind that you will be required to keep a cockroach as a pet. Who knows, this could be your chance to face your fears.

Unfortunately, the last class I will be promoting is not offered this spring, but keep an open eye come next fall. ENTM 218 is the Introduction to Forensic Science. In this class, you will learn everything pertinent to the crime scene. You will learn everything from data collection at the crime scene to behavioral analysis of the culprits. This is not CSI; it’s better. It’s real.

I hope these suggestions help you in your pursuit of a wonderful education here at Purdue!

Until next time!


Purdue’s Featured Organization of the Month- Musical Organizations

Hello Everyone!

My name is Susannah and I’m the newest contributor to the Exploratory Studies Blog. I’m so incredibly excited to share my experiences at Purdue with all of you and can’t wait to see what this year has in store!

One of the coolest things Purdue has to offer, besides awesome academic programs and school spirit, is the endless amount of organizations that students can be a part of. There are over 900 organizations at Purdue. From ballroom dancing, coffee club, Purdue Art Community, and College Mentors for Kids, Purdue has an organization for everyone! Also, if for some reason none of these organizations suit your interests, students can create and be in charge of their very own organization. Whether you join or start your own organization, everyone wins when they get involved!

The first organization that I’m exploring for the month of November is Purdue Musical Organizations. This organization is near and dear to my heart because I’m involved in University Choir, one of the five choirs the organization offers. PMO was first established in 1891 with the Purdue Varsity Glee Club being the first choir at Purdue. Over the years the organization has grown to be five choirs strong. These include the Purdue Varsity Glee Club, the Purduettes, University Choir, Heart and Soul, and the All Campus and Community Chorale.

Purdue Musical Organizations is internationally recognized for excellence in all aspects of musicianship. This excellence is proven in every show that the choirs perform. One of the most well known shows the organization performs annually is the Purdue Christmas Show. This year is the 80th Anniversary for the Christmas Show and is sure to be spectacular! Students, Faculty, and members of the community have spent countless hours preparing for the Purdue Christmas Show simply because they love to sing, perform, and are passionate about the organization. The Christmas Show is on December 7th with times at noon, 4pm, and 8pm, and December 8th at 2pm. Tickets start at just $26 for adults! This is a definite must-see for those of you who want to get into the Christmas spirit J

If you want more information about the Purdue Christmas Show or Purdue Musical Organizations, visit their website at: or stop in and visit one of the choir rehearsals going on at University Church on Grant Street. You may just see me there :)

Happy Fall!


P.S. T-minus three weeks until Thanksgiving!

Best Places to Study #1- Inside Edition

Hey guys, Brandon here! The weather is starting to get chilly and and we are just wrapping up midterms for the semester, so what better time to talk about the best (indoor) places to study!?

I’ve been told countless times by instructors, teaching assistants, and even other students of the importance of having a good place to study that isn’t your room or apartment. If you spend a lot of your time in one room, it’s going to be harder to focus and get your work done in a timely fashion. It helps me to really buckle down and focus when I’m somewhere quiet with few distractions.

For those of you in the res halls, the basements always have great lounge and study areas! Gather your books and your headphones and take a trip down there! You’re close to home still, but don’t have all the distractions that are in your room!

For those of you who are off campus or are looking for somewhere to go between classes, the periodicals (known to many students as “the stacks”) in the back of HSSE library in Stewart is by far my favorite place to go. There are desks along the side of the wall on each floor, and each one has a comfortable chair and bright light along with a large desktop space to spread out!

Next time you’re in your room and just can’t seem to focus, gather up your books and grab a coffee then head to your basement lounge or the stacks and get to work! It might be just what you need to take that B to an A!