Pre-College Student Advisors: Fall 2019

Our Pre-College Student Advisors are all current Purdue Engineering students that serve as the first line of communication for prospective students and families when they call, email, or visit us. Our students are able to share their personal experiences and answer questions relating to student life, academics, and the transition to college.

Aaron Katz
Aaron Katz
Aaron Katz
Hometown: Randolph, NJ
Year and Major: Junior, Construction Engineering and Management
Campus Involvement: President of Beta Tau (Honors Construction Engineering Fraternity), Office of Future Engineers, Intramural Sports, IEEE (previous), involved in Habitat for Humanity (previous)
Why did you choose Purdue?: Two things stood out to me when choosing where to go to college. One was the feel of the school; at Purdue, I felt at home instantly, everyone was so nice and helpful and it elevated my trip out to Indiana. The second important factor was the First-Year Engineering Program. I originally thought I wanted to focus on Aerospace or Mechanical engineering, however, I ended up in a major I did not know existed: Construction Engineering and Management. Whereas most of the schools I looked at admitted directly into a specific engineering discipline, Purdue did not. This gave me extra time to talk with majors I was interested in and come to a final decision after over a full semester of being here. 
Alex Freriks
Alex Freriks
Alex Freriks
Hometown: Marietta, GA
Year and Major: Junior, Construction Engineering and Management; Minor, Construction Graphics
Campus Involvement: Admissions Ambassador Tour Guide, Jazz Band, Gold and Black Sound (Girls Basketball), Intramural Sports (Beach Volleyball, Indoor Volleyball, Dodgeball, Wallyball)
Why did you choose Purdue?: Purdue was on my list of schools to look at because I knew it had a really good engineering program. Also, my stepdad has Purdue Pete tattooed on his back, so I at least had to check it out. When I did my tour, I had this amazing tour guide named Jamila who is now graduated and a friend of mine. She had a lot of energy and made Purdue very exciting. Between the way she presented Purdue to me and the social atmosphere of the campus, I just knew that it was right where I needed to be.
Advice looking at schools: Visit all of the schools you have any interest in. When you're there, see how the campus atmosphere makes you feel. Its important that you like the classes and ways things are taught, but you also need to love the environment as well because that is where you'll be when you're not in class.
Andrew Binder
Andrew Binder
Andrew Binder
Hometown: Mandeville, LA
Year and Major: Senior, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
Campus Involvement: BGR, PUDM, PSEF, Aero Ambassadors, SASSI^2, CoE Ambassadors, SEDS, AIAA
Why did you choose Purdue?: I've known I wanted to build or fly rockets for a long time. Purdue was the best place for that and the people made it feel like home.
Andrew Lepore
Andrew Lepore
Andrew Lepore
Hometown: North Wales, Pennsylvania
Year and Major: Senior, Construction Engineering and Management
Campus Involvement: Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, PUDM, Construction Engineers of the Future, Intramural Sports
Why did you choose Purdue?: Why I chose Purdue: I chose Purdue because of the academic rigor and reputation. I stayed because of the campus, amazing school spirit, and the friends I've made along the way.
Camille (Cam) Nau
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Camille (Cam) Nau
Hometown: Ashburn, VA
Year and Major: Junior, Industrial Engineering; Minor in Economics
Campus Involvement: Purdue Student Engineering Foundation (PSEF), Boiler Tracks Mentor, Old Masters (previous), Symphony Orchestra (previous), Purdue Solutions (previous), Intramural sports, Internship experience
Why did you choose Purdue?: I chose Purdue because I wanted to go somewhere that felt like home. All of the students seemed so genuine about their Purdue experience and it just felt right in my gut. I wanted to go to a good engineering school but I also like how there we many opportunities to get involved and many companies to talk to at career fairs. 
Chase LaCoursiere
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Chase LaCoursiere
Hometown: Spencer, IN
Year and Major: Sophomore, Computer Engineering
Campus Involvement: OFE, IEEE, Computer Society
Why did you choose Purdue?: There is no better engineering degree in the state of Indiana then at Purdue!  
Colin Mixon
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Colin Mixon
Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
Year and Major: Senior, Computer Engineering
Campus Involvement: National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), College of Engineering Ambassador
Why did you choose Purdue?: I chose Purdue because of the Minority Engineering Program (MEP), Office of Future Engineers (OFE), and because Purdue and Purdue Engineering made me feel they wanted me as much as I wanted them.
Deb Hughes
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Deb Hughes
Hometown: Avon, IN
Year and Major: Senior, Biological Engineering
Campus Involvement: Women in Engineering Program, Purdue Society of Professional Engineers, Residence Hall Board, Peace Corps Prep Program, Teaching Assistant, Salsa Club
Why did you choose Purdue?: I chose Purdue because I wanted to optimize my chance of success outside of college. From my research, I learned that Purdue's Center for Career Opportunities (CCO) is full of resources aimed at improving professional development. I've completed resume workshops and mock interviews that have allowed me to build my confidence and feel comfortable approaching companies.
Elizabeth Higgins
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Elizabeth Higgins
Hometown: Nashville, TN
Year and Major: Junior, Chemical Engineering
Campus Involvement: Resident Assistant, Purdue Club Softball, Paint Crew, Intramural Sports, Research
Why did you choose Purdue?: I chose Purdue because I wanted a college environment while also having an academic focus. I loved that it was a Big 10 School but also had a nationally ranked engineering school. I also loved that Purdue Engineering focuses on teamwork and collaboration instead of being a competitive environment. As you continue your search for the right college, consider if you can see yourself living in the town where the college is...because you are going to be there for at least four years!! Also consider the clubs and activities that happen at the college because it is not all academics. 
Emmalee Severson
Emmalee Severson
Emmalee Severson
Hometown: Westfield, IN
Year and Major: Junior, Industrial Engineering
Campus Involvement: PESC, Stempower, Entrepreneurship Certificate Program, Women in Engineering Program (WIEP) volunteer, WIEP Mentors and Mentees Program, WE Link, Purdue CHAARG
Why did you choose Purdue?: I chose Purdue because I knew I wanted to go not just to a top engineering school, but I also wanted a large school and everything that comes with it - athletics, school spirit, and overall diversity.
Holly Curry
Holly Curry
Holly Curry
Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
Year and Major: Senior, Environmental and Ecological Engineering
Campus Involvement: Engineers Without Borders, EPICS, SWE, WIEP, Society of EEE, Study Abroad - Bolivia, Undergraduate Research - Slow Sand Filtration, Intramural Basketball
Why did you choose Purdue?: I chose Purdue because of how I felt after visiting. Aside from the amazing programs offered here, Purdue had such a collaborative and welcoming atmosphere. During one of my visits, I had an engineering student take time out of her day to sit down and share her experiences as a Mechanical Engineering student and leader in WIEP. She did this simply because I was a friend of a friend! I advise any prospective student to get the student's perspectives. It makes all the difference.
Ilana Roth
Ilana Roth
Ilana Roth
Hometown: Mission Viejo, CA
Year and Major: Senior, Mechanical Engineering
Campus Involvement: Higher Ground Dance Company, Purdue Mechanical Engineering Ambassadors, Women in Engineering Program, Engineering World Health, Boiler Gold Rush, Study Abroad - Peru and China, Mechanical Engineering Mentor, PASSPORT Program
Why did you choose Purdue?: I am a California native that wanted to explore when I graduated, so I went out of state. I was looking for a school that had a great engineering program, opportunities to get involved outside of engineering, engineering study abroad opportunities, and a welcoming student body. My advice for the college search is to see how current students interact with each other and how they interact with you. Being happy in college is as dependent on finding a community as it is on liking what you study, so if you like the people you meet on campus, that is a great sign.
John King
John King
John King
Hometown: Wheaton, IL
Year and Major: Sophomore, Electrical Engineering
Campus Involvement: PSPE, IEEE Racing Team, College Mentors for Kids, GEARE, Ultimate Club
Why did you choose Purdue?: I chose Purdue because of the great engineering programs and more importantly because of the community atmosphere that I felt while visiting campus. The interactions I had with current students at the time really sold me on Purdue being a place I wanted to be. I loved the combination of having the resources of a big research school with the small community feel of a smaller school. It was the perfect mix for me.
Katherine Franko
Katherine Franko
Katherine Franko
Hometown: Simi Valley, CA
Year and Major: Senior, Chemical Engineering
Campus Involvement: VP Facility Operations, Alpha Chi Omega; Omega Chi Epsilon; BGR TL; WIEP, WIEP Learning Community, WE Link Recruitment Project Committee; Student Sustainability Council; Green Greeks; Research in Food Science
Why did you choose Purdue?: I chose Purdue for the incredible engineering program, active campus life, and diverse student enrollment! To students out there looking for the university that they can call home, make sure to visit the school and see if it is the right fit before you make your final decision.
Mary Glowner
Mary Glowner
Mary Glowner
Hometown: Beech Grove, IN
Year and Major: Senior, Mechanical Engineering; Minor, Creative Writing
Campus Involvement: Purdue Bands and Orchestra (tuba), Theme Park Engineering and Design, Women in Engineering Program, Co-Op Program
Why did you choose Purdue?: I chose Purdue because there were more resources available to me with a larger school and more opportunities to build connections to industry. Between the number of companies who come to campus for career fairs, networking events, access to alumni and professionals, and a well-structured Co-Op program, I felt I could build hands-on, industrial experience while taking classes.
Rachael Snow
Rachael Snow
Rachael Snow
Hometown: Muncie, Indiana (but I have also lived in Virginia and North Carolina)
Year and Major: Freshman in the First-Year Engineering Program with an interest in Aerospace Engineering
Campus Involvement: Work at the Office of Future Engineers, EPICS member of the ISBVI team, exercise at the CoRec
Why did you choose Purdue?: Purdue provides an incredible academic program, as well as a community of students that are welcoming, intelligent, and ambitious. The team and project based learning focus at Purdue prepares students for the workforce by teaching them professional skills as well as theoretical understanding of concepts. 
Riley Brown
Riley Brown
Riley Brown
Hometown: Hudson, Wisconsin
Year and Major: Sophomore, Biomedical Engineering
Campus Involvement: Professional Society of Purdue Engineers (PSPE), GEARE, Office of Future Engineers, Intramural Sports, Internship with Boston Scientific, EPICS
Why did you choose Purdue?: When it came to selecting a college several factors led me to choose Purdue over other schools. First, was because of its reputation as a top engineering school. I also came to Purdue because none of my friends from high school were coming here, meaning a "fresh start." The friendliness of Purdue's advisors, tour guides, and staff, as well as the ease of finding information, compared to other schools provided me with a great impression of what my time at Purdue would be like. I had narrowed it down to two schools when it came time for "decision day." My recommendation is to go with your gut, it is usually right - mine was! 
Teresa Anderson
Teresa Anderson
Teresa Anderson
Hometown: West Lafayette, Indiana
Year and Major: Chemical Engineering
Advice to students: Look at the major you're interested in and their curriculum online to see if it matches well with things you like, because a major may surprise you. Also look into different learning communities, there are a ton.


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