HHS Ambassadors at Purdue
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Within the Cornell internship, I am conducting a research project, taking graduate coursework, and practicing as a dietitian in community, clinical, and food service management settings. Purdue's program provided exceptional preparation for working in these very diverse realms of nutrition practice!
Several aspects of Purdue's program that I believe were most impactful include:
- the CFS honors program
- hands-on learning experience in and out of the classroom
- competitions and internships arranged through Purdue's relationships with nutrition-oriented companies
- F&N 424(the nutrition communications course)
- and of course CFS extra-curricular activities.
CFS Ambassador Alum
Purdue Class of 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
I am looking forward to a much needed break before coming back to school for that last semester of college. Thankfully I will be around Purdue for another year with my internship but it will be different since I will be working and not just attending classes all the time. I realized while putting up Christmas lights in my apartment that I have really enjoyed my time here and this past semester despite its hardships has been wonderful and I have so much to be thankful for. Time does fly with you are you at a great school like Purdue University.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
If you would have asked me as a freshman if I would be applying to the CPD I would have told you “no” and that I wanted to end up somewhere else far away from home; however, I am excited to stay in the West Lafayette area and hopefully learn so much along the way. It is crazy how throughout college your perspective and priorities change. At the beginning of college I was carefree, independent, had no strings tying me anywhere and I was ready to take on the world. Now, as a senior, I am much more aware of the world outside of Purdue and I am so eager to work through my internship and eventually become a Registered Dietitian.
Now my sights are on hopefully staying in West Lafayette and doing rotations in the area because this has become like my home and I want to stay here for another 1 ½ years at least. I have realized that as I have been looking forward to graduation I am realizing how great college is and being a student has some advantages, but I am eager to finally be able to work and eventually start earning money as a RD.
There are so many exciting things in my future such as getting through class at Purdue, finding out my placement for rotations in the CPD, finding a place to live, learning to work in different environments with various rotations and finally graduating in August 2011. Purdue is a wonderful place to be a student in CFS and having such great advisors who I know will continue to be there and guide me along this new adventure on my horizon. Without their help and support I would not be here today looking forward to a wonderful internship and exciting plans in the future. As a senior with a double major in Dietetics and Nutrition, Fitness & Health, who has an internship, thank you to everyone who has helped me get where I am today and who will continue to guide me in the future!
Friday, November 13, 2009
Overall my experience here has been one of growth, both educationally and individually. It’s been quite an adjustment, for I haven’t visited home at all. Luckily I’ve made good friends with my roommates, girls in the one-year program, and another girl from Purdue here for retail. I also have family in mid-New Jersey that I visit about once a month. The more I’m here, the more I get used to it. Some things I don’t think I’ll ever get used to though– like being able to jog out to the end of a pier, stretch, and see the Statue of Liberty and the New Jersey skyline. The opportunities here are endless, and somewhat surreal. For instance, we went to Fashion’s Night Out on September 10 and saw Manolo Blahnik, Roberto Cavalli, Grace Coddington, Zac Posen, Laura Bennett, and Miss J from Project Runway. My professors are all extremely knowledgeable and always helpful, and I have learned such a great amount in such a small time period. I’m very grateful that I’m able to be here and could not be more excited for what’s to come. I can’t wait to come home on December 22, visit family and friends, drive, and yes, see farmland haha. That’s the one thing lacking out here – nature. I heard about Lady Gaga coming and had someone get me tickets. Luckily we’re off for six weeks for winterim at F.I.T. so I’ll get to visit Purdue as well. To fellow ambassadors and friends/faculty at Purdue – good luck as the semester comes to a close with final projects and exams! I hope everyone’s doing well!
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
As a senior, I am applying for internships following my 4 years at Purdue. I am currently working on an application for the Coordinated Program and that is due next week. As I am filling out this application and writing my personal statement I am learning that I have come a long way since my freshman year of college. I miss the easier classes and more free time but I am so excited to get an internship either through the Coordinated Program (CPD) or the DPD program. I am most interested in the CPD program because it is close to home and my family, and would be less expensive than moving out of state. I never thought that I would want to stay in Indiana but now my life plans have changed and I am wanting to stay in this area for the time being. If I get into the CPD program I will be an intern for 3 semesters and will graduate in August 2010. That would push my graduation date back but I am ok with that. As long as I finally graduate that is all that matters in the grand scheme of things.
Upon completion of my internship through either the CPD or DPD programs I will then sit for the Registered Dietitian exam and upon passing that test I will become Anna Armstrong, RD. That means I can actually get a job in my field and start earning some money. It is a process to reach that final goal of obtaining the letters RD after my name, but I am excited to see where this path leads.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
This is a steal!
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
One of my favorite times is recruitment season. As my fourth and final Purdue formal recruitment has just ended, I look back and remember what it was like as a freshman four years ago. I cannot believe it has gone by so fast. As an eager young freshman I had no idea what sorority life would mean for me. I recall being so nervous about every step of the recruitment process, but now it feels like second nature. Last Friday and Saturday we began with open houses, where each potential new member was able to tour every house with a total of sixteen rounds. Sunday included the 11 preference rounds that included a house slide show. This past weekend began on Sunday with the 7 preference rounds, which included the house skits. Monday concluded the recruitment process with the final and most important day. This day each potential new member visited a maximum of three houses with the conclusion to the day being the selection of their new home. This has been such an exciting chapter in my life and I will greatly miss the friends and memories after I leave.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Manhattan skyline from Jersey
After taking May-mester courses and an internship in Indianapolis this summer, I adjusted to being displaced and living independently, so the move went very well. I am currently living with 3 freshmen, all in different majors here at FIT, in an apartment-style dorm: we have two bedrooms, one bath, and a kitchen/dining area. I previously thought the space would be significantly smaller than normal, since it is in fact NYC, but it’s actually larger than I expected! I will post pictures once we purchase everything we need for the apartment and get it cleaned up a bit.
I’ll try and blog as much as possible. In the meantime, I hope everyone back at Purdue has a great fall semester. I’ll miss all the tailgating and games on Saturdays – Go Boilers!!
Monday, August 3, 2009
My first trip of the summer was to Washington, D.C. for the 2009 Leadership Honors Boot Camp. I went there on a full scholarship sponsored by AAFCS (American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences) because of my national involvement with the organization. I went there having no idea what to expect. I was under the assumption that it was going to be a regular conference with many students from around the nation there. I met my roommate who was from Texas A&M and we figured out that we both had family and consumer sciences majors. So we figured this conference was for those leaders in different FCS fields. While, preparing for the first day of the conference, we walk into a room in a Hilton Suites Hotel to find 11 other students there.
This was a conference like I never had been to in my life. There were a total of 14 students there age ranges from college freshman to a graduate student, and we came from all over the nation. One student was from Washington State, a couple from Texas, a few from Kansas, Pennsylvania, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Georgia, and of course Indiana! This week-long conference helped me build new leadership skills and helped me understand more about my own personal skills and how they can be useful in a team-building atmosphere.
We did business all day and partied at night. We did things from playing Frisbee next to the Washington Monument to visiting the Holocaust Museum. We went out to eat at amazing places like Sequoia (which is right off of the Potomac River) and the Old Ebb Bar and Grill across the street from the White House. We visited Georgetown University and even went on a night tour of the monuments, riding in style, in a Cadillac Escalade Limo.
AAFCS Conference June 24th- 28th
This was quite a wonderful adventure for me. AAFCS stands for the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. I was a national officer last year and this year I was installed to not only be the Chair (President) for the Student Unit nationwide, but I also was inducted onto the Board of Directors for this organization. This is quite a responsibility, but I am up and ready and super excited for this upcoming year.
Here are some pictures taken at this meeting. The student unit (who are mostly comprised of graduate and undergraduate students) sold tattoos at this meeting to help raise money for one of the funds they have for this centennial celebration. We raised over $1,400 dollars!!
AAFCS celebrated it’s 100th birthday at the conference in Knoxville! How exciting to be a part of something that is in its 100th year of existence!
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
The only hard thing about my internship was the distance from home. I usually okay with my independence, but since I’m leaving for New York City in a little under 4 weeks and having been away earlier this summer for Maymester classes, I missed out on a lot of things with my friends and family back home. I did get to meet up with a friend here, and a friend there, but it was definitely a test. I grew a lot this summer, including both educational and life lessons learned from my internship. I look forward to spending the rest of my summer with friends and family back here in Elkhart, and one last stop at Purdue :) before I leave for FIT.
Oh! Ha and a plug for Anthro – if you’re interested more about Anthropologie, visit http://www.anthropologie.com/.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
We just got back from our Study Abroad trip to Argentina and Chile, and what an adventure! We arrived in Buenos Aires, the capital, on May 10. Our first excursion was to a market called San Telmo. We went to eat at a restaurant in the square with a nice patio overlooking the terrace. It was an interesting experience, trying to use the little Spanish that we knew to order our meals. There were a few things that we learned about the culture of eating out in Argentina that we used for the rest of the trip. First of all, it is almost impossible to get separate checks, so it’s always best to carry cash with you (small bills!). Secondly, some places have English translated menus, but most of them are in Spanish only. Finally, drinks come in bottles and you only get one…no free refills!
We also got a chance to see The Phantom of the Opera, or La Fantasma de la Opera in Spanish. The music was outstanding, and the special effects were amazing. It was fun to dress up and go out in Buenos Aires for a night on the town. Overall, Buenos Aires was an amazing city, very similar to New York or Chicago, and a great place to start our trip!
--Ryan & Brent
Friday, May 29, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
I hope you enjoy these and, yes, to answer any previous questions, these are real! These questions are all questions we have received on the phone.
- Are there fireworks on the 4th of July in Yellowstone?
- What time do they turn the geysers off at night?
- When do elk turn into moose?
Today after work we went on a hike down to Osprey Falls. We left at 6:00 p.m. and got back at late dusk there was just a little bit of sun light left, about 2 minutes worth. It was 8 miles it was a glorious hike. It starts off with 2.5 miles across some rolling plains and then it just drops! When I say drops I mean drops! Once you are at the bottom you hike along the canyon until you get
soaked about 500 feet away from the falls. We couldn’t even see the falls yet and we were soaked! That’s how much mist was coming off the water. Once we arrived it was soooo impressive. There is so much water. If anyone is coming to Yellowstone this summer please contact me and I would be more than happy to give you a list of good hikes.
Bears seen to date: 3
Wolves seen to date: 0
Bison and Elk seen to date: 195,982,875,987 (really this is a made up number but it is probably close)
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
I was at the very end of the line, so as I walked to my seat, I got to see the sea of black hats and it was truly an awesome sight. In the ceremony, President France Cordova spoke, along with an outstanding senior nursing student. The band played and the Glee Club sang. We received our diplomas and sang "Hail Purdue" and then it was over!
After the ceremonies, CFS hosted a reception in our honor. Then my family and I went all over campus taking pictures.It was a great day, and I am so proud to be an alum of such an awesome university. Thanks to all who made it possible for me to attend Purdue and have such an amazing experience!
Monday, May 18, 2009
Caroline and I are working for Xanterra Parks and Resorts. They are a concessionaire that run the lodges at some awesome places such as The Grand Canyon, Zion National Park, and Yellowstone. Here Caroline and I are taking phone calls and making reservations for all the lodges within Yellowstone. The first few days have been great!
The second day for work we went on a tour of Lamar valley which is where they first released the wolves back in 1995. We did not see any but we did see a grizzly bear, it was really far away and you needed binoculars. But anyway, we got paid 7.25 an hour from 8:30-4:30 to take a tour it was great!
Today we woke up early and went on a guided tour again to Lamar Valley, this time we saw the pens where they kept the wolves and heard all the history. We then came back and did a quick trip to the visitor center mammoth and watched a video. We then took a nap and went on a hike around mammoth hot springs. It has been very packed as Caroline keeps me on the move with hikes. We have already logged over 20 miles and it is growing fast! Tomorrow we are waking up early at 6:30 and going on an 8 mile hike called Rescue Trail. It should be awesome. Obviously we had today and tomorrow off, but we start work again on Monday and again will work till Friday.
Here are some pictures of some of the hikes.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
It has been a fast start to summer! After finals last Thursday I went back to Ohio for a mere three days before heading west. My mom and I left early Sunday afternoon and by the end of the day we were just west of Chicago. Early Monday morning we woke up and took off. We drove through the rest of Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and we ended the day on the west side of South Dakota. We are only 350 miles away from Yellowstone and we are looking forward to only having a six hour drive on Tuesday rather than twelve.
Along the way we stopped at a few different stops, each stop was very unique. The first place we stopped at was the Corn Palace in Mitchell South Dakota. There we checked out the Palace made of Corn. Each year the palace is changed to have different scenes and a different year. We talked to a local and he mentioned that they will start to “rebuild” the palace at the end of August and get it ready for 2010.
After Mitchell, we headed to Wall. Wall is home to the famous Wall Drug Store. It is so famous you see the first signs for it 355 miles away. About every 5 miles you will see signs advertising for free ice water, as well as 5 cent coffee. When we arrived it was like a ghost town as hardly anyone was there, of course it is not peak season and I am sure traffic will pick up after Memorial Day weekend. As you will see there is a famous animal unique to this area as well. It is known as a Jackelope. It is a white rabbit with antlers, if you have never seen one before I provided you with a picture.
As for Caroline she is in Bozeman Montana tonight. She flew all day on Monday and arrived there about 7:00pm eastern time. She waved to us as she flew over head.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
The sun is shining, the weather is beautiful outside and I can hear ppl playing tennis outside. I wish I could go out and enjoy the beautiful day instead of sitting inside at my desk studying for finals. It is crazy to think that my junior is almost done here in 2 more days. Final’s week is always a challenge especially by the end of the week because your brain is tired and you are just ready to be done. That is how I am starting to feel. I am eager for a break but I will miss being at Purdue. I will miss the hustle and bustle of life at school, going to class, attending meetings and getting together with friends. Being at school is fun and challenging at the same time. By the time summer comes I am use to school and the habits I have created and all of a sudden ending those schedules that I have been adhering to all semester comes to an end. I have to start thinking about packing up my things and moving home once again. Saying goodbye to people at the end of this semester is proving to be more and more difficult. I have lots of close friends graduating and will not be returning in the fall. It is crazy to think that I will be a senior and I will start getting ready to finish up at Purdue and I will have to start using the skills I learned in my classes out in the real world in my internship and hopefully a job after that. I have been blessed with another wonderful year at Purdue. I am sad to see it come to an end, but I think I am ready for summer to come and ready for new adventures in the future.
Monday, May 4, 2009
Going into my senior year is a surreal feeling. I am preparing to take the GRE (Graduate Records Exam) at the end of May, and will begin applying to graduate schools in the fall. Throughout high school and the first few years here at Purdue I was preparing for my future…all of a sudden that future is becoming a reality. Things are falling into place!
This summer I will be returning to Camp Tecumseh for my 2nd year as a resident camp counselor. I could not be more excited to head back to Tecumseh Bend Road and be reunited with some of the best friends that I have ever made. Camp Tecumseh definitely holds a special place in my heart; if you were ever a camper there you probably know what I mean!! J
To all you incoming freshman, I hope you realize how awesome the next few years will be for you. There will be tough times for sure, but your life will be changed by the experiences that you will encounter. I encourage you to meet as many new people as possible and try lots of new things…you will never be in a place again where there are so many opportunities to get involved with such a variety of activities! Best of luck to you in your journey at Purdue and BOILER UP!!!
Thursday, April 30, 2009
I went ahead and posted links to both websites in case any of you are looking for summer plans!
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Personally I don’t drink a lot of Red Bull, nor do I know many that do, so I went the pop can route. I asked around and ended up with 2 garbage bags full of pop cans. Little did I know that I would need all of them.
I decided to make a dress out of the cans. At first I wanted it to look extremely futuristic but then a huge factor came into play: time. I had a week to make it. So I set off, making a strapless black dress [including a lining and invisible zipper] and punching out rounded rectangles with a tool I purchased at Hobby Lobby. In order to punch these shapes out, the can itself must first be deconstructed. Hence, I had to cut the top and bottom off every can in order to have a cylinder, that once slit, became a rectangle fit for puncturing.
I’m not sure how many shapes I punched, but it was about 90 cans with 4-5 punches per can. So a lot haha. And I used every single one. I was going to try and make a graphic motif but time deemed that impossible so I tried to incorporate more design into the dress by making the upper bodice all silver [the backside of the aluminum] and from the waist down a rainbow gradient, with the amount of shapes diminishing and fading as they reached the hem. At the hem I put a row of the rounded domes at the end of the cans, which contrasted nicely against the black fabric. The picture shown is the dress without anything glued on yet.
Attaching these proved interesting. Primarily I didn’t know what type of glue to use, so I asked a salesperson at home depot and they gave me caulking glue. Due to my lack of construction knowledge, I didn’t purchase a caulking gun, and when I tried to open the glue, I couldn’t squeeze it, ended up getting on Facebook chat around 1 AM, and my guy friend at IU told me what the problem was. The next day I bought 3 tubes of super glue and prayed it would work. It did! I got it all over my hands but it turned out swell.
For extra credit we could make a video of our creation in action so I decided to do a music video. The only video I could think of with the word “pop” in it was “Pop, Lock & Drop It” by Huey. This was also quite interesting, for I decided to go around campus in my get-up asking random people to do “pop, lock & drop it” or sing lyrics for me. Needless to say, I only got one random person to assist; the rest were my friends. And luckily I got a few pointers about editing videos from a future ambassador and fellow Apparel Tech major, Alysha Kupferer. Here is the youtube link if you would like to check it out:
After the video concluded I decided to add pop tab straps to it and a big red pop tab on the surface of the zipper on the back for an extra touch. Overall I loved this project! This class mainly focuses on expanding your design into construction and planning processes, for it is all 3-D art. Challenging, but interesting.
I hope everyone’s getting a chance to enjoy this wonderful weather! I’ll blog some more after dead week! :)