HHS Student Spotlight

Health and Kinesiology 

Anna Staltari

Anna

Kinesiology

Hometown: Goshen, Indiana
Year at Purdue: Junior
Major: Kinesiology

Why Purdue: Purdue offered me the chance to study Kinesiology, an area that was a part of my life and something I was interested in. This gave me the chance to simultaneously fulfill degree requirements and prerequisite courses I needed for physician assistant school in less than four years. I was also given the chance to be on the Purdue cheerleading team and being part of a Big Ten school atmosphere was something I could not pass up!

Favorite Place at Purdue: Ross-Ade Stadium is a place where I have acquired many great memories in my first two years at Purdue. Cheering on the Boilermakers in front of a full stadium, being on-field for the most exciting pre-game show and celebrating after beating rival teams like Ohio State are times I will never forget!

Advice to an Incoming Freshman: Challenge yourself to find groups you are passionate about, study something you genuinely enjoy learning, set your short- and long-term goals high and be dedicated to working hard, so you are proud of how you spend your four years at Purdue.

Last year, I started living in a cooperative house, and it was by far the best decision I have made at Purdue! I think every freshman at Purdue should know about cooperative housing and consider it because it truly is the best way to experience Purdue! Here is the link to my specific cooperative house, Twin Pines, where you can learn more.

 


 

Nigel Taylor

Nigel

Kinesiology

Hometown: Montgomery, Alabama
Year at Purdue: Junior
Major: Kinesiology

Why Purdue: I was familiar with Purdue due to some family attending, and as I looked more into the school as I was applying to colleges, I realized the plan of study, recognition and opportunity at the school would be a good fit for me.

Favorite Place at Purdue: Out of all the buildings in West Lafayette, I would say the Black Cultural Center is my favorite place. There's so much history involved with the building as well as so many current events that happen there all the time. It’s always been a nice safe space within campus for all people, and there's arguably the most peaceful library on campus within it.

Advice to an Incoming Freshman: My most important advice I would give to an incoming freshman is to be active and involved within campus. There are nearly 40,000 students on campus and so many opportunities to be involved and get to know and grow with these students. What may be a hobby or an interest could end up creating life-long connections with friends, colleagues, and faculty. In a campus as large as Purdue, being involved in a group, organization or a club can help you develop a smaller close-knit community within the large Purdue community.

Black Student UnionAlpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, Gamma Rho ChapterBlack Cultural CenterBoiler Tracks

 


 

Maggie Lough

Maggie

Kinesiology

Hometown: Elkhart, Indiana
Year at Purdue: Junior
Major: Kinesiology with an optional concentration in Clinical Exercise Physiology

Why Purdue: I chose Purdue because I fell in love with campus and its diversity the first time I visited. I knew it was a place I could learn more about different cultures in addition to continuing to pursue things I was passionate about.

Favorite Place at Purdue: My favorite place on campus is the Olympic weightlifting room at the CoRec.

Advice to an Incoming Freshman: Advice I would give to incoming freshman is: Listen to yourself. Explore the opportunities campus provides to you; go out to try new things, but know that on days when you’re struggling, the bare minimum is OK. You know yourself better than anyone else; listen to what you need. In the end, you’re here investing in yourself and your future.

HHS Success Mentors, Boiler Gold Rush, Sigma Alpha Lambda

 


 

Chloe Russell

Chloe

Kinesiology

Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
Year at Purdue: Junior
Major: Kinesiology

Why Purdue: Finances, best in-state school (in my opinion), great tour experience

Favorite Place at Purdue: Study room in Rawls Hall

Advice to an Incoming Freshman: Chasing the superficial will never satisfy. Get a taste of your future as someone who serves. Bulldoze through stress, "Ouch and then it's over.”

Pre-Student Osteopathic Medical Association (Pre-SOMA)

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Health Sciences 

Eileen Yan Eileen Yan (third from left) attending Boiler Gold Rush

Eileen

Environmental Health Science

Hometown: Carmel, Indiana
Year at Purdue: Senior
Major: Environmental Health Science

Why Purdue: I chose Purdue because it offers a challenging education and because it’s close to home!

Favorite Place at Purdue: My favorite place is the climbing wall at the CoRec. It’s a nice place to relax and workout after class.

Advice to an Incoming Freshman: My advice is to be flexible in both your educational and social experiences. You might come to Purdue knowing exactly what you want to do in the future and end up completely changing your mind. I came in as an engineering major, and now I’m interested in pursuing medicine, which is something I never would’ve thought of during my freshman year. Or you might pick up a new hobby – for me, it was climbing!

I’m currently involved in research, and I serve as the vice president internal of Purdue’s Asian Student Union Board.

 


 

Molly Cromer

Molly

Radiological Health Sciences, Pre-Medical Physics concentration

Hometown: West Lafayette, Indiana
Year at Purdue: Senior
Major: Radiological Health Sciences, Pre-Medical Physics concentration

Why Purdue: I initially wanted to travel a bit further from home for my college experience; however, when I visited Purdue, I felt very welcomed and comforted by the people on campus and the atmosphere of the school. I admired the strong focus on educational success and the wide variety of opportunities the school has to offer.

Favorite Place at Purdue: My favorite place to spend time at Purdue is the Purdue Memorial Union. It offers various places to study, grab a bite to eat and even go bowling with friends!

Advice to an Incoming Freshman: Take advantage of the opportunities you are given, whether it be joining a club or learning community that interests you, branching out and making friends with your classmates or going to weekly office hours. You will not regret getting involved and committing yourself to your own happiness and success!

Purdue’s Orientation Program/Boiler Gold RushPurdue’s Statistics Living Learning CommunityPurdue Greek Life

What it is like to volunteer at Franciscan Health Hospital, which includes a link to apply.

 


 

Weihsin Yang

Weihsin

Medical Laboratory Sciences

Hometown: Pleasanton, California
Year at Purdue: Junior
Major: Medical Laboratory Sciences

Why Purdue: I wanted to go to a big school with a variety of majors and opportunities. Purdue seemed to fit those categories and was also prestigious worldwide. Sometimes, living in one state makes you feel like you’re living in a bubble, so I also wanted to explore more of the Midwest. For some context, I was born on the East coast and raised on the West coast of the U.S.

Favorite Place at Purdue: Aspire’s Crave Hall (many food options and a good place to relax)

Advice to an Incoming Freshman: Don't be afraid to ask questions to other students, mentors, professors, advisors or anyone on campus. Many people at Purdue are trying their best to make sure you succeed.

HHS Success Mentors Program - Instagram: @hhs.mentors

 


 

Gianna Porro

Gianna

Radiological Health Sciences

Hometown: Lemont, Illinois
Year at Purdue: Senior
Major: Radiological Health Sciences

Why Purdue: I chose Purdue during my campus visit. Beyond academics, Purdue fosters an environment of support and innovation that I hadn't experienced during my other university visits.

Favorite Place at Purdue: My favorite place at Purdue is the MRI facility.

Advice to an Incoming Freshman: The best advice I could give to an incoming freshman would be this: Get involved. Whether it be in research or organizations within Purdue's community, there is opportunity for personal and professional growth that will last longer than your time at Purdue.

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Hospitality and Tourism Management 

Kendall Soares

Kendall

Selling and Sales Management

Hometown: Warwick, Rhode Island
Year at Purdue: Junior
Major:
 Selling and Sales Management

Why Purdue: I chose Purdue because it was far from home and different than the typical environment that I was used to. I toured the school, loved it and decided I wanted to try something new and go to the Midwest.

Favorite Place at Purdue: I really like the Engineering Fountain!

Advice for an Incoming Freshman: Make sure to go out and meet people. Be sociable, and be yourself, and you will find the best friends for yourself. Make sure to get involved in clubs and social organizations on campus.

Phi Kappa Tau

 


 

Carolyn Lewis

Carolyn

Financial Counseling and Planning

Hometown: Kingman, Indiana
Year at Purdue: Junior
Major: Financial Counseling and Planning 

Why Purdue: I chose Purdue because my aunt attended Purdue, and it was close to home. As a freshman, I was in Exploratory Studies and participated in the Early Start program. Now, I will be a junior in Financial Counseling and Planning with minors in Communications, Management and Human Resource Management.

Favorite Place at Purdue: One of my favorite places to be on campus is Founder's Park where Loeb Fountain is located, as I find the fountain peaceful and relaxing.

Advice for an Incoming Freshman: My advice to new students would be to find clubs that interest you and get involved! I am the former recruitment chair of the Financial Planning Association (FPA) Purdue Student Chapter, and am the elected treasurer for this upcoming year. This club is great for meeting others in the major (or similar majors) and also meeting professionals in the industry. We do case studies and have guest speakers. 

Follow our social media to get updates on when our callouts and meetings are!

 


 

Devlon James Devlon James, second from right

Devlon

Hospitality and Tourism Management

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Year at Purdue: Senior
Major:
 Hospitality & Tourism Management also minoring in English and Creative Writing.

Why Purdue: The reason that I chose Purdue to pursue a degree is because of the ample opportunities this University has to offer. Someone recommended I look into this school, and a lot of what Purdue has to offer are opportunities I did not want to pass. Seeing Purdue as having many career-based opportunities, this University also has a very inviting campus life with tons of events and pop-up activities to participate in across campus.

Favorite Place at Purdue: For me, my favorite place to release some steam is definitely the CoRec. I do believe keeping a healthy balance between class projects and exams and eating densely caloric foods is to partake in different routine activities here, whether it be scaling the climbing wall, running around the indoor track, lifting weights or playing one of the sports in the many courts here. There is something to do for every type of person and every workout.

Advice for an Incoming Freshman: With one piece of advice for health and well-being out of the way, the other pieces of advice I would love to give are: Don’t be afraid to talk to professors and faculty members and to be willing to share some of your goals and aspirations, as they will likely be able to give meaningful advice and resources that could benefit in an extremely positive way. As far as advice goes, I would also recommend finding a club or organization to join; I am a part of the Sustainable Tourism Club, where we promote helping find occupations that go beyond the food and beverage and lodging scene within the HTM career field. Another event I strongly recommend is Black Tie Dinner, where you will learn valuable industry skills, as well as create long-lasting relationships with fellow classmates. Purdue is an awesome school to attend, and I hope to see you all on campus one day.

 


 

Clair Seifert

Claire

Hospitality and Tourism Management

Hometown: Fayetteville, North Carolina
Year at Purdue: Senior
Major:
 Hospitality & Tourism Management 

Why Purdue: Growing up as a part of a military family, I have moved many times. When it came time to select a university, I was living in Germany and had no idea where I wanted to go, but I knew I wanted to become an event management professional. After doing my research, I chose Purdue because of its highly esteemed HTM program!

Favorite Place at Purdue: My favorite place at Purdue is either the Marriott atrium or Mackey Arena. So many fun memories in both of those locations!

Advice for an Incoming Freshman: Don’t be afraid to change! College is all about finally having the chance to become someone you’ve always wanted to be. Seek out exciting opportunities to learn and grow, and trust me, these four years go by so fast, and you don't want to waste a minute of it!

I'm the president of HTM Society's  Black Tie Dinner, if you have questions about anything please contact purdueblacktie@gmail.com.

Instagram: @purdueblacktie

 


 

Kayla Gastineau

Kayla

Selling and Sales Management

Hometown: Columbus, Indiana
Year at Purdue: Senior
Major: Selling and Sales Managment 

Why Purdue: I chose Purdue because there are countless opportunities to learn and grow at Purdue for every major. This was the perfect place for me, as someone who was unsure what path I wanted to take after college, to discover my passions and ambitions for the future.

Advice for an Incoming Freshman: My best advice to incoming freshman is to seize each and every opportunity that presents itself to you! There is an unlimited number of potential opportunities available to those who speak up and take chances to grow.

My biggest involvements during my time at Purdue have been with the Intercollegiate Sales Team and the Purdue University Dance Marathon!

 


 

Lauryn Mitchell

Lauryn

Retail Management

Hometown: South Bend, Indiana
Year at Purdue: Senior
Major: Retail Management

Why Purdue: Purdue provided me with the best affordability, distance from home, and fashion program that would prepare me for the industry.

Favorite Place at Purdue: My favorite place at Purdue is Harrison Hall. I was a resident assistant at this dorm my sophomore year. This is a great hall for incoming freshman and sophomores and has the Harrison Grill where you can order late night food. I met my best friend here and have made lots of fun memories.

Advice for an Incoming Freshman: The best advice I have is to make the most of your college experience starting from day one. Travel out of your comfort zones and pursue opportunities that you have only imagined happening to you and make them your reality. Seek scholarships, internships and challenge yourself. Also, take this time to learn more about yourself and to think about how this is experience will benefit your future in the long run.


Why I Chose to Major in Fashion - aritcle on collegexpress 

 


 

Meg Kinslow

Meg

Selling and Sales Management

Hometown: Thorntown, Indiana
Year at Purdue: Senior
Major: Selling and Sales Managment 

Why Purdue: I choose Purdue, because I instantly fell in love with the campus atmosphere and really wanted to pursue a sales degree. I felt like home every time I visited the campus and the Health and Human Sciences faculty were always so welcoming and kind!

Favorite Place at Purdue: It’s hard to narrow down my favorite place at Purdue because I love the entire campus from Ross-Ade to Discount Den, However my favorite place at Purdue would have to be my sorority house, Delta Gamma. This is my favorite place not only because I have made amazing friendships, but everyday the marching band practices down the street and our house gets front row seats to the show! It’s a Purdue tradition that I get to experience everyday! 

Advice for an Incoming Freshman: My best advice for incoming freshman is to step out of your comfort zone and get involved on and off campus as much as possible. I am involved in several organizations like Pete’s Pals, Purdue Selling and Sales Team, and the HTM/CSR Career Day Board. Joining organizations are a great way to engage with your peers and makes campus seem a little smaller knowing familiar faces!


Pete's Pals, Career Day Board - HHS, Sales Team

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Human Development and Family Studies 

Max (center) in Honduras doing Practicum during a study abroad trip. Max (center) in Honduras doing Practicum during a study abroad trip.

Max

Family and Consumer Science Education

Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
Year at Purdue: Senior
Major: 
Family and Consumer Science Education

Why Purdue: I chose Purdue because I wanted to pursue a Family and Consumer Science Education degree, which originally was only offered in about three colleges in the state of Indiana — now there are only two. I had done a visit to Purdue for Become a Teacher Day and knew I wanted to come back. Not only that, but Purdue offered me a merit scholarship that essentially paid for the rest of my college tuition along with my other scholarships.

Favorite Place at Purdue: My favorite place at Purdue is the preschool in Fowler Hall and the view from atop Hilltop.

Advice for an Incoming Freshman: The best advice to freshmen is to think “summer” and continue to push themselves in terms of achievement and intensity within their degree plans. You should not try to overwhelm yourself with classes, but you should take enough to where you feel challenged and engaged in the classroom process. While there will be many more doors and opportunities that will open up to you at Purdue, never forget why you came here in the first place. Your education and success throughout your college career should be your top priority!

I am involved in the Black Cultural Center as the student coordinator for the New Directional Players.

 


 

A picture of myself (Left) with my Mentee Riley Plummer (Right), from the HHS Success Mentors Program, at a Purdue Football game. A picture of myself (Left) with my Mentee Riley Plummer (Right), from the HHS Success Mentors Program, at a Purdue Football game.

Amy

Developmental and Family Science

Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii
Year at Purdue: Senior
Major:
 Developmental and Family Science

Why Purdue: I chose Purdue because of the warm, welcoming atmosphere on campus and after experiencing the College of HHS advisor's commitment to the students when I came to visit in May. My advisor is always willing to listen to my ideas for my four-year plan and then point me in the right direction to get there.

Favorite Place at Purdue: I love the Union, during the week you can find me studying there, grabbing a bite to eat or getting coffee with a friend between classes and especially during finals week.

Advice for an Incoming Freshman: Your advisor is there to help guide you through college, but if you really want something and think you're up to the task, do it. You might fail, or you might pull off an amazing feat you were "advised" not to undertake. You won't know unless you have the will to try.

I'm on the Core Leadership Team for the HHS Success Mentors this year!

 


 

Kevin Homan

Kevin

Family and Consumer Science Education

Hometown: Elmhurst, Illinois
Year at Purdue: Junior
Major:
 Family and Consumer Science Education

Why Purdue: I chose Purdue because it has a great Family and Consumer Sciences Education program and a wonderful campus experience.

Favorite Place at Purdue: The Bell Tower, right underneath it

Advice for an Incoming Freshman: Don't tell people you're a sophomore by credit. That really ruins first impressions.

Here is a link to a video series I did for the CoRec at Purdue; it's all about making nutritious foods.

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Nursing 

Caylen

Caylen

Nursing

Year at Purdue: Senior
Major: Nursing and a minor in Human Development and Family Studies.

Why Purdue: I chose Purdue because I really liked the nursing program. The nursing program here is direct admission, and all I would have to do is maintain a certain GPA and pass all of my classes. Another reason I chose Purdue is because my sister was there at the time, and it already felt like home.

Favorite Place at Purdue: My favorite place on campus is the Wilmeth Active Learning Center (WALC). Most of my classes are in there, so I spent a lot of time in there. They have a lot of areas where you can study and work on homework. They also have a coffee shop which was useful for a nice boost of energy.

Advice for an Incoming Freshman: The advice I would give to new students is don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. Stepping outside of your comfort zone is a great way to learn more about yourself and to also make great memories!

I was a mentor to freshman students for two years through the Boiler Mentor Program. It was a great opportunity for me to guide them through their first year, and I felt I made a positive impact on their experience at Purdue.

 


 

Brandon Sturdivant

Brandon

Nursing

Hometown: Oceanside, California, moved to Indianapolis, Indiana
Year at Purdue: 
Senior
Major: Nursing

Why Purdue: I choose Purdue because I wanted an affordable big-campus experience where I could meet different kinds of people. I also liked that the nursing program was direct admit, so I wouldn’t have to worry about getting accepted or not later.

Favorite Place at Purdue: My favorite place at Purdue is Hicks Underground Library. This study spot gets overlooked for WALC, but the oldies know Hicks the place to be — it has everything in a condensed location: It’s 24/7, close to the Union and you can feel free to talk or collaborate openly.

Advice for an Incoming Freshman: Get involved with something on campus early like an organization, a job, a club, intramural sports or some form of Greek life. It’ll give you something to do, places to be and new people to meet. Also don’t sleep on the CoRec — I know some people who’ve never been in there. Exercise is key for our mental health as students, and that place has all kinds of clubs, events and cool offerings all the time, pending COVID (you could climb a big wall, spar someone in Jiu Jitsu, and take a cooking class on the same day in there).

Feel free to check out Caduceus Club: We usually have doctors and med students give talks, cadaver labs and mission trips.

 


 

Sophia Schaeffer

Sophia

Nursing

Hometown: Kokomo, Indiana
Year at Purdue: 
Junior
Major: Nursing

Why Purdue: There are amazing opportunities presented throughout a well-rounded education and a variety of organizations available to participate in at a distinguished university.

Favorite Place at Purdue: My favorite place at Purdue is the Johnson Hall of Nursing. It is a great place to study, practice for clinicals, collaborate with peers or seek guidance from an academic advisor or upperclassmen.

Advice for an Incoming Freshman: You are at the greatest university possible so be sure to take advantage of it! Get as involved as possible, but always make sure to keep your academics as your highest priority. Make sure to work effectively with good time-management skills in order to have fun and stay involved.

President of Delta Gamma: Instagram @purduedgs
Vice President of Health and Human Science Student Council: Instagram @purduehhs_studentcouncil

 


 

Shannon Swalve Shannon (pictured right)

Shannon

Nursing

Hometown: Crystal Lake, Illinois
Year at Purdue: 
Junior
Major: Nursing

Why Purdue: I chose Purdue because of the great staff and resources in the nursing department. On my visit to campus I toured the simulation lab, which is open to all nursing students everyday to practice our skills until we perfect them.

Favorite Place at Purdue: My favorite place at Purdue is Memorial Mall. I love the various events that take place throughout the year like Ag week and farmers market Thursday’s.

Advice for an Incoming Freshman: My best advice to freshman is to get involved. Purdue really is what you make of it!

Here’s a link for CARE (Center for Advocacy and Response Education), where I am an educational ambassador!

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Nutrition Science 

Jacob Corey

Jacob

Nutrition and Dietetics/Nutrition, Fitness, and Health

Hometown: Crown Point, Indiana
Year at Purdue: 
Junior
Major: Nutrition and Dietetics/Nutrition, Fitness, and Health

Why Purdue: I chose Purdue for a variety of reasons. It was close to home; it is known as a good school due to the difficulty of its classes; and I really enjoyed the campus.

Favorite Place at Purdue: My favorite place at Purdue is Hicks Underground Library, it is a great environment for studying, and they've got a great coffee shop there.

Advice for an Incoming Freshman: My advice for an incoming freshman is to join a club or organization and to get out of your comfort zone, meet new people and do a couple of things that you've never done before in your life. Your time at college is short and fleeting; savor it.

 


 

Jessica Patterson Jessica (pictured right)

Jessica

Nutrition Science

Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
Year at Purdue: 
Junior
Major: Nutrition Science

Why Purdue: I chose Purdue because the faculty and staff want to help you get to the next step in your life after undergrad. As a first-generation college student and someone pursuing a career in medicine, it was essential that I get that support. I stayed for the continued efforts on campus to support my overall well-being, which includes my health, academic and career goals. (Free tutoring is the best 🙂) 

Favorite Place at Purdue: The CoRec is my favorite place on campus. It's somewhere that I can take care of my mental and physical health and get some studying done too.

Advice for an Incoming Freshman: Have compassion for others and yourself. Don't beat yourself up over the first round of midterm exams. It's your first time taking college-level classes and your very first exam — be nice! I've had my fair share of less-than-stellar grades on exams and assignments. I made it through freshman year, and so will you. You are capable of it! Good luck!

HHS Mentoring Program, Vietnamese Student Association, Women of Color in Healthcare Association

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Psychological Sciences 

George Bisong

George

Brain and Behavioral Sciences

Hometown: Houston, Texas
Year at Purdue: 
Senior
Major: Brain and Behavioral Sciences

Why Purdue: I chose to attend Purdue because I understood that graduating from the University would open doors of opportunity for me that I may not be able to obtain elsewhere.

Favorite Place at Purdue: My favorite spot on campus is the Black Cultural Center (BCC) because I consider it a safe haven from the daily struggles of being surrounded by a campus that doesn’t care or understand you or your culture, and it tries its best to educate the Purdue Community on being Black, not only at Purdue but all over the country/world with its different resources.

Advice for an Incoming Freshman: My advice to incoming freshmen would be to make sure you use your time at Purdue to grow as a person. Focusing on our academics is a major part of our experience as a student, but we are also preparing to be the next leaders in this world. Make connections and use your peers to get insight on how things operate outside of yourself. You should not be leaving Purdue the same way you came. Learn, adapt, succeed.

Phi Beta Sigma

 


 

Ceouna Hegwood

Ceouna

Brain and Behavioral Sciences

Hometown: Brownsburg, Indiana
Year at Purdue: 
Senior
Major: Brain and Behavioral Sciences, Law and Society (double major)

Why Purdue: I chose Purdue because it was a university with great prestige. And I knew I would be receiving a top quality education. When visiting Purdue, it felt like home.

Favorite place: The Unity Tree (located outside of the Class of 1950 Lecture Hall), because it’s always been a great place to meet new people and just a casual spot to sit when it’s nice out!

Advice for an Incoming Freshman: Stay ahead, and stay organized! Planners are excellent! Coming to Purdue can be overwhelming due to the amount of great opportunities to get involved, but it’s important to put your studies first and make sure to ask for help if need be.

I’m the current president of HHS Student Council.

 


 

Mackenzie Good

Mackenzie

Brain and Behavioral Sciences

Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
Year at Purdue: Junior
Major: Brain and Behavioral Sciences

Why Purdue: I chose to attend Purdue because of the sense of community and abundant opportunities.

Favorite Place at Purdue: My favorite place on campus is the grass by the Engineering Fountain. It’s a great place to do work or relax and enjoy campus.

Advice for an Incoming Freshman: My advice to new students is to get involved and seek challenges!

I am involved in the HHS Success Mentor Program and work as a core leadership team member. Here is the link to our webpage!

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Public Health 

Anthony Rockwell

Anthony

Public Health

Hometown: South Bend, Indiana
Year at Purdue: Senior
Major: Public Health

Why Purdue: I chose Purdue because it’s close to home and could provide a well-rounded college experience with great course options and a multitude of clubs and activities to try.

Favorite Place at Purdue: Best place on campus is hands down the Wilmeth Active Learning Center or WALC, for short. It’s my favorite place to study and grab a coffee either after an early 7:30 class or before a late-night study session during dead week.

Advice for an Incoming Freshman: My best piece of advice is to not be afraid to step out of your comfort zone, and don't just stay in your room. Explore campus and Chauncey Hill, go to a few club callouts or rush a fraternity/sorority. Take the odd courses that you are interested in that may not fully align with your major. College is a time to figure out who you are so try new things and enjoy your time at Purdue.

Phi Kappa Tau's Instagram: @phitaupurdue

 


 

Nneka Ogbonnaya

Nneka

Public Health

Hometown: Farmington Hills, Michigan
Year at Purdue: Senior
Major: Public Health

Why Purdue: I chose Purdue because I saw opportunities for me to not only get an outstanding education but also chances to develop my leadership skills and get experience in my career field. I also saw various ways to get involved in my campus community outside of the classroom.

Favorite Place at Purdue: Hicks Undergraduate Library

Advice for an Incoming Freshman: Don't be too hard on yourself! College is nothing like high school or anything you've done before, and honestly, it takes a long time to adjust and get a hang of things. Also find resources, whether it be fellow students or a professor, when you need help and keep them. You can't do everything by yourself and you shouldn't try to.

This is the link to the Women of Color in Healthcare Association. Shameless plug because I am the upcoming president, but it is also an amazing organization on Purdue's Campus!

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Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences 

Lamyaa Hussein

Lamyaa

Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
Year at Purdue: Senior
Major: Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

Why Purdue: I chose Purdue because of its wonderful Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences program! I really felt as though I could be successful in my academic career if I attended Purdue and would truly grow in my education. Not only was I impressed by their SLHS program, I felt at home when I visited and saw an active Muslim Student Association on campus.

Favorite Place at Purdue: My favorite place at Purdue has to be the underground café and the library, Hicks. The combo of having my coffee from the café and staying up to study is my favorite thing to do.

Advice for an Incoming Freshman: Enjoy being in your first year of college! The transition may be hard at first, but once you adapt and find your friend group, you'll never want to leave campus.

 


 

Kennedy Skipper

Kennedy

Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Year at Purdue: Junior
Major: Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

Why Purdue: I chose Purdue because I knew that the Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences department at Purdue was, and is, one of the top in the nation, and I wanted to learn from the best.

Favorite Place at Purdue: My favorite place at Purdue is Krach Leadership Center. I spend more time there than I do at home.

Advice for an Incoming Freshman: Some advice I have is to not stress over not having everything perfect right away. You are going to make mistakes, and that’s perfectly OK and normal. If you don’t have a routine right away, that’s OK too! College is a time to learn and make mistakes.

 


 

Trent Cole

Cole

Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
Year at Purdue: Sophomore
Major: Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

Why Purdue: I chose Purdue because of the people here. At Purdue, your professors really care about you and your success in their class. I have only had great experiences with all faculty and staff members of Purdue I have met.

Favorite Place at Purdue: My favorite place at Purdue is Mackey Arena.

Advice for an Incoming Freshman: Not only does Purdue offer a great education but also gives us students fun ways to unwind and enjoy the college experience. My advice for all new students is to improve your time-management skills and use a calendar. This will make your life exponentially less stressful and more productive.

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