Wilmeth Active Learning Center

Great study spots on Purdue’s campus

With over 40,000 students on campus, Purdue University offers a large number of options for study locations. Perhaps you’ve been to the library, or tend to study in the graduate student lounge in your department. Personally, I tend to lock myself in my office, but every once in a while, I like to change the scenery and get my work done in a new place.
If you’d like to change your routine or simply explore what Purdue has to offer, here are two great locations for studying (and snacking) on campus.


Marriott Hall is a luminous building with large windows, tall ceilings, an outdoor patio and an Italian coffee and gelato shop. The environment on the main floor is warm and welcoming, and if you don’t mind a little noise, it is a wonderful option for some afternoon reading or grading. Grab a hot drink from LavAzza Espression and find a seat at the tall tables by the windows, or venture off to the 2nd floor to relax on the couches and get caught up on your work.
The Wilmeth Active Learning Center opened on August 7th 2017, and is a student-centered facility, offering a wide variety of Sandwich study spaces and classrooms specially designed for active learning. Head over to the Reading Room for a wonderful view of Purdue’s clock tower, or find a cozy chair on the main floor overlooking the pedestrian walkway. There are plenty of options for quiet spaces or areas buzzing with noise, if you prefer. In case you get hungry, Au Bon Pain offers fresh food choices such as baked goods, salads, sandwiches, pre-made salads, wraps and yogurt parfaits.
Enjoy Purdue and happy studying!

Getting used to the Fahrenheit to Celsius conversion (°F to °C)


Unless you are from the Bahamas, Belize, or the Cayman Islands, you are likely encountering the Fahrenheit scale in the United States for the first time as an international student. The name of the scale itself is difficult to spell, but what’s even harder is getting used to the conversion between Fahrenheit and Celsius.
In late August, at the beginning of the Fall semester at Purdue, the historical average temperature in West Lafayette is as high as 83° F. But how hot is that and how does it compare to the temperature back in your home country? Here are some tricks and tips to understand and convert Fahrenheit to Celsius as you get adjusted to life in the United States.
According to an article in ThoughtCo posted earlier this year, the temperature conversion is easy to do:
  1. Take the °F temperature and subtract 32.
  2. Multiply this number by 5.
  3. Divide this number by 9 to obtain your answer in °C.

So, if you want to know the typical temperature in West Lafayette at the end of August, take 83, subtract 32, and you get 51. Then, multiply 51 by 5, and you get 255. Don’t forget to divide 255 by 9, and you get 28.3 °C.

Another easy trick is to simply go to Google, and type 83 fahrenheit in celsius in the search bar, and hit enter. You will get the temperature converted for you in Celsius, 28.3 °C as shown in the screenshot below.

You could also check your application and computer settings, as often the conversion can be done automatically for you. For example, if you search for West Lafayette weather on Google, you have the option of clicking on the °F or °C, and Google will do the conversion for you right away. See the °C | °F next to the number, and click on the one you prefer.
Weather West Lafayette
Lastly, there are plenty of conversion charts available online to help you better understand the conversion between the scales! Take a look at this one posted on Rapid Tables.
Good luck! 🙂