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Monday, April 11, 2011

The Long, Hard Road: Internship Search

Many of the majors in Human and Health Sciences require students to complete one or more internships throughout their 4 years. As a sophomore I obviously slacked off and did not even start looking for an internship until April, which was not a very good move. As a junior, I learned from my mistake and started searching for an internship in October. I attended every career fair that had professionals in the fields I was interested in, I attended 5 fairs. From the fairs I got very good leads and sometimes even interviews, but I never heard back after the first interview except for the email that says “you have very good qualities and we are sure you will be very successful, however [insert company name] is pursuing other candidates”. I thought to myself, “I must be a terrible interviewer because a lot of my friends were getting second interviews or job offers”. It was already the end of February and I did not have any hopes of an internship and all the fears of having to work for my dad, yet again. It was two weeks before spring break and I received an email from a company, I had forgotten that I went on the internet in January and applied to every company on Monster. I read the email and they wanted me to fill out a questionnaire for them, so I thought very hard about my answers to make sure it would leave a good impression. The next week the company contacted me to go up to Chicago and have an interview with them; I was very excited so I obviously accepted. I studied the company for two days before the interview and was very well prepared for the interview. On the day of the interview I was not nervous at all and I thought I did a very good job in the interviews. The very next Tuesday I got a call from the company and they said if I pass a back ground check I will be offered the job. I passed the check and last Friday I was offered the job! My search was finally over! My advice to all of the students out there is to start early and do some company searching on your own and don’t solely rely on the CCO to help you.

----- Dan Mills

Thursday, April 7, 2011

The 2011 Purdue Fashion Show

This past Saturday was the annual Purdue Fashion Show. Between the afternoon and evening shows, attendance was nearly 2,000! It was two hours of gorgeous models and gorgeous fashion. Best of all, as a senior I got to have a portion of the show dedicated to my very own collection. I showed nine outfits that I have been designing and producing since last July. There was so much work and anticipation leading up to April 2nd, but now that it's over I couldn't be happier with how everything turned out. My collection, "Stay with me, go places." was inspired largely by my heritage in the Midwest and by items relating to the history of everything I love about this land. My fabrics included eco-knits made of hemp, soy and organic cotton along with leather, denim, linen and cotton twills. I worked these awesome textiles into simple, comfortable silhouettes with lots of fun detailing. T-shirts were silkscreened with topographic prints or illustrated with field guide images and all of the models were decked out in vintage boyscout and camping equipment. (More pictures on my website, Base14.com) I intended for this body of work to be a statement about this particular time in my life- the visible intersection between where I have been and the path I am about to take. -Alysha Kupferer

Monday, April 4, 2011

On March 24th I along with 500 other Purdue students, partook in the 4th Annual Nearly Naked Mile clothing drive. It gives students an opportunity to donate clothing-or even the shirt off their back- to the Lafayette Transitional Housing. Participants are able to walk, run, skip, or even hop around campus in crazy costumes to support this cause. It’s not every day you get to see Lady Gaga, the Power Rangers, and Spiderman running in a heard of students. I cannot imagine what was going through peoples mind when watching this event. At the end of the race, we were all rewarded with a pizza party at the Dick and Sandy Alumni Center. Note: this picture was on the front cover of a local newspaper. If you look closely behind the student government supporter, you will see me in a lime green shirt!

---- Kimberly Ziarko

Hi everyone,

It's been a while since I have had time to write, this semester has been so crazy! I am taking 20 credit hours, working on my undergraduate thesis, trying to pin down a placement for my internship for next spring and balance my work, homework, extra curricular activities and leadership positions, friends, family and boyfriend- it's A LOT!

I think that this semester has by far been my busiest and the time seems to be flying away. I can't believe it's already been two weeks since spring break, and that there are only a few more weeks left until finals. During spring break, my boyfriend and I went with a few friends to Chicago for a few days. We stayed at the Hard Rock Hotel, saw Blue Man group and shopped on Michigan ave. It was so much fun and I wish I was back there right now. The week back from spring break was definitely a hard one, but once I was back I received two letters telling me that I have received two more scholarships- needless to say the news picked up my week = )

Other than that I have been busy with school work and fighting senioritis. I am only a Junior, but because I am double majoring I will be taking my very last final exam EVER in a few weeks! (Unless you count the two summer classes that I have left to take- but other than that I will be done with class!) I am really excite for student teaching as well. I found out my placement the week after spring break and have been talking to my head teachers about it already. I am also applying for an internship position in the spring, which has been pretty stressful in and of itself.

I can't wait for the next few weeks to fly by and for this semester to settle down so that I can start to enjoy summer with my friends, boyfriend and family. I am also planning on studying abroad in Amsterdam this summer for a week, so I CAN'T WAIT for that! = )

I think that's it for now, I hope that there won't be such a large gap between now and my next post! Hope everyone has a wonderful end to their semester and kicks off to a great summer!

~Christina Citta