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About Steps to Leaps

Are you wondering how to take the first step in self-betterment? Steps to Leaps is a set of five convenient, self-assessment pillars to help students build lifelong habits that lead to more resiliency, self-confidence, financial literacy and the growth mindset.

Created by students for students under the auspices of the Office of the Provost, Steps to Leaps speaks to the heart of students’ struggles in today’s world and strives to nurture perseverance, vision, intention and the formation of social support groups, all while reducing stress.

Steps to Leaps plays a crucial role in unlocking the development of students’ abilities and their limberness in the face of change to enhance their success at Purdue and throughout their lives.

Every Student Can Excel on Their Own Terms

Steps to Leaps is a unique program in that Purdue University sees every student as a person who can excel on his or her own path to achieve personal goals. Steps to Leaps is a positive affirmation of each student's past, present and future. No goal or dream is too small or too large.

Abundant Resources to Help

No two students come from the same type of background. With Purdue’s support and resources, each student is capable of fostering the growth mindset. Steps to Leaps is an invaluable resource with fully-scripted lesson plans for students and facilitators that lead to a variety of more resources to enhance success.

Growth Mindset

People are born with unique genetic structures, meaning they are initially better than others at different tasks. However, individuals with a growth mindset understand that their abilities can be developed. One can always improve, catch up to or even surpass others’ natural talents. Steps to Leaps is grounded in the philosophy of the growth mindset.

As much as talent counts, effort counts twice. 
—Angela Duckworth, author of Grit

Purdue University is ever evolving to create a culture of thriving students.

Steps to Leaps is an online platform with fully-scripted lesson plans within each of five pillar program elements to support students academically, psychologically and socially. As a University, we strive to emulate the five pillars of Steps to Leaps in all areas of campus.