Andrew Yang

Andrew Yang

Toronto, Canada
Environmental Health Science

Tell us why you chose Purdue University for your undergraduate education

Purdue University is well-known for its prestigious education. I chose Purdue for my undergraduate degree because I thought it would help me greatly in my graduate studies.

How would you describe the faculty and staff in the College of Health and Human Sciences (HHS)?

The staff in the College of Health and Human Sciences have been really helpful in my transition to college. While each professor is unique in his or her own way, one characteristic is the same: they are all very friendly. HHS professors are very enthusiastic about what they teach, and when you have questions, they are more than willing to help you. 

What advice would you give international students who are about to start their first year at Purdue?

The most popular advice given to me was "do not procrastinate." Well, that's easier said than done. What I would advise incoming students is to spread procrastination evenly. I take breaks between classes, and this makes me more productive than if I spend a huge chunk of time procrastinating. 

What is your favorite thing about Purdue?

My favorite thing about Purdue is the marching band. It is probably the coolest thing I have seen on campus.

Tell us about some of your activities at Purdue.

I currently participate in the Environmental Science Club. In this student organization, members get hands-on experience with local area restoration and management techniques. We also participate in lectures from professors who explain what they do and how their professions benefit communities. I also volunteer at Food Finders Food Bank. This local organization helps people living in Greater Lafayette who are in need of food, shelter or medication. Both organizations have had an impact on my Purdue experience. Through my participation, I have discovered the needs of the environment and the people living in it. I have realized the impact my education and my future profession will have on people's lives and my potential to benefit a community. I also have learned how to manage my time more wisely by participating in these organizations.