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.

Learn more about our Ambassadors below, or visit our YouTube channel to hear them talk about their own experiences and offer advice to new pre-professional students.

Want to become an Ambassador? We are now accepting applications for academic year 2022-2023! Applications are due by 5pm Eastern on Monday, March 28.

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PPA Ambassadors

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.

Fiona

Fiona

  • Major: Animal Science
  • Pre-Veterinary Medicine
  • Grad Date: May 2023
  • Activities: University Choir, Campus Outreach, undergraduate research with the Candace Croney Research Group, College of Agriculture Dean’s Scholar, Helping Paws, Honor’s College, veterinary assistant, surgery veterinary assistant at MedVet Indianapolis
  • What advice would you give to a first-year preprofessional student?
    • Don’t feel discouraged if you face challenges or setbacks. Always move forward and be proud of what you have done and excited for what is to come. Try new things, join fun clubs, go to events, make friends in different majors, and discover all that Purdue has to offer!
  • Why did you choose Purdue University?
    • I always knew Purdue was the place for me. Both of my parents went here and we have always been Purdue fans. I was even more sure about coming here when I went on the college tour and immediately felt at home and excited for this chapter of my life. It’s even better that Purdue offers my major (and has a great reputation with it!) and a College of Veterinary Medicine!

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.

Kelsey

Kelsey

  • Major: Biomedical Health Sciences
  • Pre-Dental
  • Grad Date: May 2024
  • Activities: President of Alpha Lambda Delta Phi Eta Sigma Honor Societies, Pre-Professional Ambassador, Pre-Dental Club Member, MEDLIFE Club Member, Substitute Teacher at Plymouth Community Schools Corporation, and Undergraduate Teaching Assistant
  • What advice would you give to a first-year preprofessional student?
    • Be confident in anything that you choose to do! Regardless of what you plan to do in life, confidence is key and you must believe in yourself before anyone else can even begin to.
  • Why did you choose Purdue University?
    • I chose Purdue because I felt like I was wanted at this university. When I first showed interest in Purdue and their Health Sciences program, I was immediately reciprocated with the same enthusiasm. Their eagerness to make me a Boilermaker was also evident in their financial aid. I knew that when I accepted that I was not just any other student to Purdue, but I was someone who was going to make an impact.

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.

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-Clinical Psychology
  • 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.

Sophia_Patel

Sophia

  • Major: Biology
  • Pre-Dental
  • Grad Date: May 2023
  • Activities: Color Captain of Purdue University Dance Marathon, Undergraduate Research Assistant for the Interdisciplinary Women’s Reproductive Health Collaborative, Boiler Gold Rush Team Leader International, Pre-Dental Club member.
  • What advice would you give to a first-year preprofessional student?
    • My advice would be to constantly set goals for yourself! The small goals you make for yourself will help keep you on track, while your end-goal will give you something to look forward to.
  • Why did you choose Purdue University?
    • I chose Purdue because when I came for a tour as a high schooler, I felt like I was very similar to the students here; and that proved true! We are focused, well-rounded, and committed to pursuing our goals. Purdue also has such a friendly and student-oriented campus with lots of diversity.

Taylor_Raff

Taylor

  • Major: Genetics, Health and Disease
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Grad Date: May 2023
  • Activities: Purdue Dance Marathon, Undergraduate Research Assistant in Dr. DeMaria's Interdisciplinary WOmen's Reproductive Health Lab, Biology Ambassador, American Medical Student Association, rock climbing
  • What advice would you give to a first-year preprofessional student?
    • My advice to first-year professional students is to start now. I know when I was a freshman I thought I had all the time in the world. However, time flies by in college and before you know it you will be applying to preprofessional schools. Therefore, I suggest starting to research what is necessary to have a good application now and then start on those as soon as possible. Give yourself the time to get everything in over the years instead of scrunching it in later.
  • Why did you choose Purdue University?
    • I choose Purdue because of the broad opportunities it has to explore. When I came to Purdue I wanted a fresh start. I wanted to look deeply at myself and decide what my passions were and then find clubs, research, ext. To fulfill those. Additionally, I knew that to get into medical school I had to focus on my academics and when visiting Purdue I could tell that the students were really focused on their academics as well.
Vincent Calhoun 

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.