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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Blue Man Group

Hey guys! So last week my roommates and I went to see the Blue Man Group perform at Elliott Hall of Music! It was my first time seeing them live. I had heard so many good things about them from others, I just had to go and see them for myself. Let me just say, they were absolutely amazing! They always kept me guessing and I was laughing and dancing the whole performance. It was pretty much the best $20 I have ever spent! Also, last week I got the privilege of meeting President Cordova during a meeting about the new college! It was an awesome experience because it was my first time meeting the President and she was an amazing lady. All this past weeks excitement has lead up to what I have been waiting for since the beginning of the semester! SPRING BREAK! I am so ready to just go home and relax and hang out with my family and our new puppy, Macy! But I’m sure I will end up working on figuring out which graduate schools I want to apply to and write my personal statement. Well, that’s been about all I’ve been up to lately besides homework and studying!

-- Alyssa

Fashion Week 2011

I entered through the doors and it was if I’d never left. Familiar faces of design team members greeted me, welcoming the assistance; new intern faces greeted me with questioning glances. We worked until the late hours, stitching away at hems, cutting geometric shapes for glove cuffs, attaching buttons, and helping in any other way possible.

My return to NYC was elongated compared to my visit in September – I took five days off to source more fabric and trims for my senior collection, help out at Cynthia Rowley prior to the show, and to work the runway show backstage on February 11, 2011.

It still all flew by quite quickly. I spent two full evenings and one whole day with CR and the rest of the time running around the garment district with my checklist. The city was the same as it will always be – fast paced, business oriented, and a culture overload. But I loved it nonetheless. I obtained everything necessary to complete my collection, met with good friends I’d gone to school at F.I.T. with, and was able to assist with a great group of individuals in the completion of a splendid, dimensional collection.

Check out cynthiarowley.com for the full runway video! I also hope to see you all at the Purdue Fashion Show on April 2, 2011.

-- Ashley

Looking forward to Spain!

Only 88 days until I leave the United States for my summer study abroad trip to Madrid! (I’m not counting down the days or anything…) Last week all 30 of us Purdue students got together with our Spanish professor Ana Gomez-Bravo for an info session about where we’re going to be spending our summer! Madrid is the capitol of Spain, and it is filled with historic monuments, parks, plazas, shopping districts, and museums. I can’t wait to spend six weeks taking classes and exploring the city! We plan on leaving at the end of May, and we’ll be living in Madrid until the middle of July.

I will have the opportunity to take 6 credit hours in two classes – the Art of the Prado and Spanish Food and Culture. We’ll learn all about Spanish artists while exploring the Prado Museum in Madrid. And from Professor Gomez-Bravo herself will be the experience of cooking Spanish food and tasting new ingredients. My “Art of the Prado” class will take place at the Universidad Antonio de Nebrija, which is one of the top ten universities in Spain.

We’ll all be living in the homes of Spanish families during our stay, which is exciting for me! I know some students who are apprehensive about the experience, but I think it’ll be an amazing to gain that sort of familiarity with natives of the city and to be completely immersed in their culture and language and food. I imagine that my Spanish speaking skills will be much more honed by the time I return to the States!

My credit gained through this experience will count toward my Spanish minor, but the knowledge that I will gain from this is much more extensive than just the language. By living as a student in a foreign country, I will be able to soak in so much of the culture and reach a new level of understanding of the people there. Being there for a long period of time can get me past a surface-level exposure to the city and the country – much better than the normal tourist experience! What I hope to gain most from this adventure is a summer of awesome memories from learning by immersion in one of the most vibrant cultures in the world.

-- Laurel Donaldson

12th Annual Women in Leadership Conference

This weekend I was able to participate in the 12th Annual Women in Leadership Conference Lead-HER-ship: Navigating Our Way to Success. It is a great program offered for Purdue students to come together and find ways to improve and expand leadership skills from listening to current leaders. There was a panel of five women leaders who discussed topics on Listening, Confidence, and Bringing Out the Best in People-just to name a few. The take away messages that I gained from this experience was that it is all being able to maintain balance in your life, and the definition of balance will change further into your career because of your different values and goals. Also, to make success happen you need to get a realistic idea of what you want your life to look like. Visualize it!

--- Kimberly Ziarko