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Hello future collegians (fancy word for college students)

I hope you all are all getting re-acclimated to school days as the fall is upon us.  We are super busy here in the Office of Future Engineers (see picture) and look forward to seeing you on campus. I thought I would give you some quick tips on getting your applications complete.  

  •  Have a system like a spreadsheet that lists all deadlines for all colleges.  These deadlines will sneak up on you and they are all different. For Purdue Scholarships, the deadline is November 1st. Since we are rolling admissions, the earlier you apply the more space is available.

  •  Confirm universities have received all of your materials. At Purdue you can do this online.

  • Include a letter of recommendation. This is not required, but it will never hurt if you ask someone to write the letter who knows you and likes you.

  • Do not rely only on spell check for your applications and essay. Have a live person look it over.

  • Be persistent yet pleasant while requesting transcripts and letters of rec from teachers and counselors. Give them as much notice ahead of time as possible.

  • Fewer, quality applications (4-7) is better than doing a ton of applications knowing you can only choose one.  This will cost less, take less time, and open up spots at schools for kids who really want to go there.

  • Try not to take the decisions personal (this is hard). If you want to go to college, you will find a great  place.  Highly selective universities make decisions on multiple criteria and can’t accept everyone who is qualified.  You are smart, creative, and the only you on the planet. You can be successful at multiple universities and what you do on campus is more important than which campus  you’re on (there is data!)

  •   Stay positive and be excited!! Going to college will be awesome. Enjoy your senior year and try not to get too wrapped up in the process.

  • If I can ever be of any help, ping me!!

Quick nap between appointments…just kidding
Quick nap between appointments…just kidding

Best of Luck!!

David Bowker

Director of Future Engineers


We are live! Really!

I love it when a plan comes together. After 2 years of planning we held our first webinar last night taking online chats to the next level. Wow what a night!

The two hour webinar featured fellow bloggers David Bowker and Kyle Loux on camera and Dennis Chu working with me off camera on the production side of things.  Also joining us on camera were PSEF members Parul Schroff, and Josh Folk and guests from around the world.  The great thing about the webinar is that it helps our guests know that when we say we have current students answering questions, we really do.  I’ve always thought that, when it comes to the online chats, someone out there might picture David Bowker and I sitting in a room pretending to be current students.  Kind of like the tv commercial where they past the phone around the room of four people all pretending to be customer service.  The webinars we hope will give future engineering students a better sense of their future student peers at Purdue.

If you missed the webinar or are curious about learning more then feel free to check out past our past episode at https://gomeet.itap.purdue.edu/p42461379/