Strong faculty, peer connections help Nutrition Science student find home at Purdue
Written By: Sara Adams
I chose the College of Health and Human Sciences (HHS) at Purdue for many reasons: It’s close to home, it has an excellent reputation and excellent academic programs and it is highly affordable. But the reasons I chose Purdue are not the reason I see it as my home today.
When I selected Purdue, I worried I would be missing out on the benefits of some of the smaller colleges I toured that offered close relationships with professors, knowing the majority of your peers and small class sizes. However, an admissions representative from HHS said, “You can make a big school smaller, but you can’t make a small school bigger.” This has proven true.
In the nutrition and dietetics program, I have received all of the benefits of a small school. My class sizes are small; I know most people in my major; and I have positive relationships with my professors. Even in larger classes, many professors encourage smaller group projects. I have also connected with professors outside the classroom by asking questions after class or attending office hours. Additionally, my academic advisors have helped me gain invaluable experiences by sharing job opportunities.
The environment of campus also greatly contributes to Purdue feeling like home. There is something for everyone on Purdue’s campus, from the hundreds of clubs to diverse cultural centers. I’ve greatly enjoyed my time at Purdue and cannot imagine thriving anywhere else.