Meet our Ambassadors

Our ambassadors are a vital part of our office. They help us at Purdue recruiting events, speak with us in classes, and represent our office around campus. We rely on them for feedback about services and for suggestions. In return, they gain important skills they can use to demonstrate competencies in their professional applications such as social skills, communication skills, cultural competency, reliability, and professionalism.

Interested in being an ambassador? We are now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 Ambassador Team. Click here for the application instructions and apply by 5:00pm, Monday, March 29, 2021.

Ally

Ally

  • Major: Health Sciences 
  • Pre-Optometry
  • Grad Date: May 2021
  • Activities: Co-President of Omicron Delta Kappa (national leadership honors society), HHS Success Mentor, Global House Peer Mentor, Alpha Phi Omega (service fraternity), Research Assistant in the Child Temperament and Health Lab, Study Abroad to Italy
  • What advice would you give to a first-year preprofessional student?
    • Take a course on the Greek and Latin roots of medical/scientific terms ASAP. I took this course during my freshman year and it was incredibly helpful later on, especially when taking anatomy.
    • Look head at the prerequisites for future courses and take them sooner rather than later.

Anne Marie

Anne Marie

  • Major: Global Studies and Spanish with a Certificate in Medical Humanities
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Grad Date: May 2021
  • Activities: Timmy Global Health, American Medical Student Association (AMSA), Boiler Gold Rush, College Mentors for Kids, PASSPORT and Study Abroad Ambassador, Office of Admissions Ambassador, Atlantis Fellowship, Delight Ministries, Interdisciplinary Women’s Reproductive Health Collaborative
  • What advice would you give to a first-year preprofessional student?
    • Be flexible and ready to try new things. 
    • Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to find your ‘place’ on campus right off the bat. Try a variety of things, and narrow down your commitments as you find places where you really want to dedicate your time.
    • Make friends in your classes—both with other students and with your professors. It is super helpful to know people in the same boat as you and not only is it important to know professors when asking for letters of recommendation, but also when asking for extra help in class and finding opportunities like research. They’re also really cool people!
  • Why did you choose Purdue University?
    • In addition to Purdue having strong science programs that I knew would be good preparation for medical school, I loved that Purdue’s CCO has a pre-professional advising office that exists specifically to prepare students for professional school. I knew I would want support in applying to medical school, and I knew I could easily access that support at Purdue. I appreciated that Purdue’s student population consists of people from around the globe. I also wanted to study abroad and loved Purdue’s established and far-reaching study abroad programs. I loved that Purdue is a big school with lots of opportunities. Ultimately, I knew Purdue would get me where I wanted to go and provide me with opportunities to both cultivate my passions and excel in college while preparing me for the future.

Caden

Caden

  • Major: Biochemistry
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Grad Date: May 2023
  • Activities: Ag Council, Biochemistry Club, middle school Cross Country Coach, IU Health Hospice Volunteer
  • What advice would you give to a first-year preprofessional student?
    • Aim for a 4.0. Make that your goal. No class is impossibly hard, and in no class can you afford to slack off. Approach each class with this mindset, and the 4.0 is a lot more attainable. You are capable of more than you think.
  • Why did you choose Purdue University?
    • My college decision eventually narrowed down to a few Big 10 colleges, including Purdue. I realized that while the quality of education was about the same across the board, Purdue stood out among the others in one important distinction: its faculty. You will find that at Purdue, you are surrounded by world-renown faculty who are willing to go out of their way to make you feel at home and help you pursue your dreams. Take advantage of the help that faculty members give you. I am certainly happy that I did, and I am glad that I chose Purdue University as my home.

Cecilia

Cecilia

  • Major: Health Sciences
  • Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Grad Date: May 2023
  • Activities: Rising Professionals Host, Member of Kappa Alpha Theta, Health Cares Club, Greek Life Bible Study, church volunteer, Gymnastics Instructor, Summertime nanny, running, water-sports
  • What advice would you give to a first-year preprofessional student?
    • My advice to a first-year pre-professional student is to keep an organized schedule. It helped me so much my first year to have a planner with all of my exam dates or other important dates. This gives you a visual of when you need to take more free time to study, or when you have time to relax and do some things for yourself. Time management makes college less overwhelming and keeps your life organized. 
  • Why did you choose Purdue University?
    • I chose to attend Purdue because it had everything I was looking for in a college. The Health Science major was not too specific and there are a lot of concentrations available. I enjoy Purdue's community because everyone takes pride in the school.

Daniel

Daniel

  • Major: Kinesiology with a minor in Biological Sciences
  • Pre-Physician Assistant
  • Grad Date: May 2021
  • Activities: Emergency Department Medical Scribe for INScribe, Pete's Pals Clinician, Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity Philanthropy Chairman and Scholarship Committee, Pre-PA Club, PUDM FSCL Committee, PUDM Team Captain
  • What advice would you give to a first-year preprofessional student?
    • Find a mentor-like individual in the career field you are choosing. Not only will you gain valuable insight into your desired career path, but you are certain to need letters of recommendation from people in that field when you apply to professional schools and this will only make that process less stressful. To go along with this is shadowing. You get to see the daily life of someone in that field and you learn whether or not you truly enjoy that line of work and if it is for you.
  • Why did you choose Purdue University?
    • I chose Purdue because of its academic pedigree. Interestingly enough, Purdue was the only school that I applied to that did not give me a scholarship and yet I still chose to be a Boilermaker. You see today how nationally respected Purdue is and this will only continue down the road!

Emily

Emily

  • Major: Health Sciences with minors in Biology and Psychology
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Grad Date: May 2021
  • Activities: Caduceus Club member, American Medical Student Association Executive Board member, HHS Mentor, HHS Student Ambassador, Psychological Sciences Research Assistant, and medical scribe for the Franciscan Lafayette East/Crawfordsville Emergency Departments.
  • What advice would you give to a first-year preprofessional student?
    • I would advise that incoming pre-professional students utilize the many resources that Purdue offers, whether it is an academic, extracurricular/social, or personal affair. I would also advise that pre-professional students get a head-start by looking over professional school requirements and recommendations early. 
  • Why did you choose Purdue University?
    • I chose to attend Purdue University for its rigorous STEM academia. I felt as if the challenging curriculum would be pertinent in my future endeavors as a physician. In addition, I admired the university's efforts in ensuring that students achieve academic and personal success. Purdue's location was also ideal for me, as I am an Indiana resident.

jenna

Jenna

  • Major: Health Sciences
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Grad Date: May 2023
  • Activities: College of Health and Human Sciences Ambassador, College of Health and Human Sciences Success Mentor, Alpha Lambda Delta Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society (President), Boiler Serves: Community Engagement Learning Community, Get Onboard Active Learning (GOAL) University, Leadership Experience at Purdue (LEAP), Caduceus Club, American Medical Student Association 
  • What advice would you give to a first-year preprofessional student?
    • If you're from a small high school, like I was, be prepared for much larger class sizes! Some of your lectures may have 300-400 students, so try and find a group to sit with.
  • Why did you choose Purdue University?
    • In the stress of college decision season, it was ultimately financial fit and degree flexibility that allowed me to choose Purdue with ease.  Purdue’s tuition freeze and financial support made attending a well-known and respected institution attainable.  I also found security in the flexibility of the Health Sciences, Pre-Professional programs.  Knowing the ease of switching concentrations has allowed me to continue exploring my interests while still completing course requirements for various professional school programs. 
John

John

  • Major: Health Sciences with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies
  • Pre-Dental
  • Grad Date: May 2023
  • Activities: Pre-Dental club, Health Cares club, HHS panel speaker, Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, research, A Cause for Paws
  • What advice would you give to a first-year preprofessional student?
    • Time management!  The biggest change for me from high school to college was figuring out when my most productive hours of the day were and making sure to work very hard during that time! 
  • Why did you choose Purdue University?
    • My whole family went to Purdue so I really never pictured myself anywhere else, and I couldn’t be happier with my decision.  The environment around the school is one that not many colleges around the country can match in terms of the friendliness and character of all the boilermakers on campus!  On top of the fact that it is such a great school academically and I knew my time and money spent on achieving the degree would be well worth it, the people at Purdue truly made me feel at home.

Katie

Katie

  • Major: Medical Laboratory Science and Biology
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Grad Date: Summer 2022
  • Activities: During the school year I'm heavily involved with the Disability Resource Center as a mentor and on their student board, and off campus (especially right now with Covid-19) I've been working in an IU Health Hospital lab.
  • What advice would you give to a first-year preprofessional student?
    • Be open to plans changing and changing your mind. College is a great place to explore a ton of different fun and fulfilling career options.
  • Why did you choose Purdue University?
    • I was undecided when I came to Purdue but knew I wanted to do something STEM related. Purdue had great programs in all their STEM departments so it seemed like the best catch-all, and it's worked out perfectly since my Medical Laboratory Science program is accredited, which I might not have been able to get at another school.

Kelsey

Kelsey

  • Major: Health Science with minors in Biology and Psychology
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Grad Date: May 2021
  • Activities: On campus I am involved in undergraduate research, Health and Human Sciences Student Council, I am a teaching assistant for Introduction to Biology, and I also work in the Office of the Indiana State Chemist.
  • What advice would you give to a first-year preprofessional student?
    • Get involved in organizations or clubs you enjoy. You will gain much more from Purdue's organizations if you do them out of your own interest instead of what you think graduate schools want to see.
  • Why did you choose Purdue University?
    • I choose to attend Purdue University because I knew that Purdue would equip me with everything I needed to be a successful undergraduate student and prepare me to become a successful physician.

kyra

Kyra

  • Major: Public Health with a focus in Environmental Health, Epidemiology, and Public Health Biology
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Grad Date: May 2022
  • Activities: Medical Scribe, Research Assistant, Volunteer with the American Red Cross, Purdue University Dance Marathon Chair, Alpha Xi Delta, Boiler Gold Rush Team Leader, Honors Mentor with the Purdue Honors College
  • What advice would you give to a first-year preprofessional student?
    • It's great to have a plan for your pre-professional journey, but don't be afraid to be flexible and get involved in activities you may not have thought of before!
  • Why did you choose Purdue University?
    • Purdue is a family school for me, and I wanted to be near family while still getting a strong STEM education. 

Lyndsay

Lyndsey

  • Major: Health Science
  • Pre-Optometry
  • Grad Date: May 2021
  • Activities: Research Assistant for the Developmental and Sleep Lab, Head Clinician for PETES Pals, New Member Educator for Chi Omega, Optometric Assistant during the summer, summer school teacher aide for students with special needs, and Environmental Sciences Club
  • What advice would you give to a first-year preprofessional student?
    • Never be afraid to ask for help from professors, TAs, and other students! Purdue offers so many great resources to help you succeed, and it's about finding what resources work best for you. Another huge piece of advice I would give is to find some balance your freshman year. Get involved in some activities that will help you professionally, as well as some that will be for recreation. Reaching out and getting help as well as finding balance your first year makes the transition to pre-professional studies easier. 
  • Why did you choose Purdue University?
    • One thing that really stuck out about Purdue was the opportunity to major in pre-professional studies. I always knew that I wanted to be in a health care profession and having a major specified for that really caught my eye. Being from out of state what really drew me to Purdue was the big campus energy, the limitless opportunities to get involved, and the ability to meet and engage with so many people. 

McKaya

McKaya

  • Major: Law and Society with minors in Spanish, Human Development and Family Studies, and Political Science
  • Pre-Law
  • Grad Date: May 2022
  • Activities: Big Brothers Big Sisters, Purdue Space Day and being an ambassador for the Division of Summer Session
  • What advice would you give to a first-year preprofessional student?
    • Do not feel pressured to commit your first year because choosing a career can take time! Make sure to get involved around campus to broaden your horizon because that can help finalize your decision. Once you commit, plan ahead and research schools, so you can decide which places to apply!
  • Why did you choose Purdue University?
    • Purdue felt like home when I got on campus. My grandpa went here and it was something we got to experience together. I truly couldn’t see myself attending my undergrad anywhere else!

Mia

Mia

  • Major: Neurobiology & Physiology and Brain & Behavioral Sciences
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Grad Date: May 2022
  • Activities: Mock Trial, Purdue Filipino Association, Phi Mu/Greek Life, MEDLIFE, AMSA, psychology research, neurotoxicity research, Purdue Dining & Culinary, volunteer for Crisis Text Line
  • What advice would you give to a first-year preprofessional student?
    • My advice is to continue to follow your dreams despite any setbacks you may encounter. What matters most is how you bounced back and improved. Try new activities, take unique electives, and make friends from different majors and backgrounds. If you get out of your comfort zone, you might discover new passions! 
  • Why did you choose Purdue University?
    • I chose this school because of the diverse student population and my ability to interact with many international students and learn about more cultures. Purdue also has a safe and welcoming campus. 

Rachel

Rachel

  • Major: Economics with a concentration in International Business and minor in Chinese and Human Rights
  • Pre-Law
  • Grad Date: May 2021
  • Activities: I am a member of the Pre-Law club and the Purdue Economics Association. I'm also a barista at Starbucks.
  • What advice would you give to a first-year preprofessional student?
    • Take advantage of all of the opportunities that Purdue has to offer! Don't be afraid to get involved and try new things because it will help you out when applying to professional school in a few years!
  • Why did you choose Purdue University?
    • I knew I wanted to go to a large school where I could get a great education while also getting to meet lots of new people and try new things, and Purdue was the perfect place for that!

Vincent

  • Major: Health Science with minors in Biology and Psychology
  • Pre-Physician Assistant
  • Grad Date: May 2023
  • Activities: Health and Human Sciences Student Ambassador, Health and Human Science Student Council, American Red Cross, Pre-PA Club, Toxicology Research Assistant, Teaching Assistant, Personal Trainer at the Co-Rec.
  • What advice would you give to a first-year preprofessional student?
    • Managing your time is key! You have time to succeed in class while balancing extracurriculars as long as you plan ahead. I'd also recommend going to office hours and utilizing help sessions if a particular subject seems difficult as well as trying to find the clubs/organizations that you seem interested in and begin getting involved. Purdue has so many resources to help you succeed, don't wait to start asking questions you have!
  • Why did you choose Purdue?
    • I got my first impression of Purdue when I toured my senior year and absolutely loved the campus! Purdue is like a small city and always seems to be building something new. The diversity of students was another component that influenced by decision because I knew it would be amazing to work with students from other countries with unique worldviews. Finally, the major I chose is very flexible at Purdue and allows students to easily change their major or concentration if they decide to change careers.