Happy Thanksgiving! Here at Purdue the fall semester is winding down. After we get back from break we’ll have one week of classes, dead week, and then….finals.
Dead Week is the week before finals week every semester. Teachers won’t give exams or quizzes for the most part and you hopefully shouldn’t be assigned homework. It’s one week where you can solely focus on studying for finals.
But before that madness, I thought I’d leave you with 8 reasons why I am Thankful for Purdue….
1. My friends – Purdue makes it easy to meet other engineers. From the first week of classes you’re put on team with other like minded individuals. Then if you join engineering student orgs – EVEN MORE FRIENDS. I do all of my homework in a computer lab in Forney (the chemical engineering building) with the best friends a person could ask for – they’re family.
2. My opportunities – there are a lot of Purdue alumni out there, and they love hiring other Purdue engineers. We are a family that transcends graduation date. Once a boilermaker, always a boilermaker. Once I got a job offer from a company because the reciter and I bonded over a student organization we were both in here at Purdue.
3. The Organizations – There are over 1000 here at Purdue. Organizations are where you find your place at a big university. I have a little brother in high school right now and the one piece of advice I would give him is to JOIN AN ORGANIZATION right away. You don’t have to be one person in a lecture hall of 300. You can be a big part of an organization right away. It helps you acclimate to campus and feel at home right off the bat.
4. Proximity to Indianapolis – It’s only an hour away! This has been so much help when flying off to job interviews. Last weekend my friends and I decided we needed to get off campus for a few hours to destress after the last round of exams so we just drove to the outlet mall in Indy. It was an easy trip to make and my favorite day of the semester.
5. Breakfast club – it’s where you dress up in costume the morning of a home football game and go to the bars (21+). I’m thankful to go to a school with such a fun and lighthearted tradition. My roommates and I have been beanie babies, sesame street, Peter Pan characters, and fairy princesses. I’ve made some of my favorite memories at 6 am on Chauncey Hill.
6. The dorms – although I don’t live there anymore, I still have so many friends I made while living there. The friends you make freshman year have a special bond with you. They struggled to get used to college in the same place as you, and you were there for each other. I can’t ever imagine going back to sharing a bedroom with another college student, but I am thankful that I spent time living in Earhart and Windsor.
7. My landlord – our oven is significantly sub-pare and all it took was an email to him for him to come fix it. He didn’t even try to blame it on us. Thanks George – best landlord ever!
8. My roommates – I am a huge proponent of roommates in college. Heck, I always want to have a roommate. They’re always there to talk to you, they cook with you from time to time, and you learn so much about yourself just from living with them. You have to self monitor yourself as to not upset them. I have so much love for my roommates, especially now that our house has been Christmafyed (Friendsgiving was over okay….).