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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Exam Advice . . . .

As I hit a week with four exams -Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday nights- I looked backed at first round of exams last year, as a freshman. I remember not actually being worried too much. I was thinking, "Yeah it's college, but we haven't gone over any material that has blown my mind, and the professors haven't been as demonic as my high school teachers portrayed them to be. I've got these exams down." I did well for the most part, but I got my BIO 110 exam grade back and it was a low C. Ouch. I was really caught off guard. I was playing catch-up from there.

One amazing tip for any student but especially freshmen: take the first exams seriously. Some of the material is review, so you should score higher. Exams 2,3, and 4 are going to be harder without a doubt, so you need to score the highest you can on the first one to keep that average up.

The weather may be nice and the temptation to spend your time doing something besides studying is awful, stick it out and prepare yourself so the first round of exams is a cakewalk.

--- Andy Wiseman

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Football Season

Purdue comes alive on home football game days. There is energetic atmosphere on the campus growing from the students, alumni, visitors, and fans. The stadium becomes a sea of black and gold from which the cheers can be heard from anywhere around. The student section stays on their feet performing the ritual cheers and dances led by the cheerleaders and marching band. After every third quarter, a distinguished guest gets everyone in the stadium jumping and singing along to the Isley Brother’s Shout song.

If you get a chance, come to Purdue this fall for a Saturday game day!

Boiler Up!

-- Kelsey Leliaert

Friday, September 23, 2011

Major Changes!!

The first few weeks of this semester were a whirlwind for me!

After a week of classes, I decided to switch my major. I was previously in Nursing. While Nursing is a wonderful profession filled with caring and hard working people, the first week of classes confirmed my feelings that I was not destined to be a nurse. Luckily, I was able to find a major that fit my personality much better, while also continuing to be in HHS. I switched my major to Human Services in the department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS). Not only does that major provide a great amount of core classes that spark my interest, but it has a lot of elective space, making my transition from Nursing to Human Services seamless. I did not lose any credits, and can still finish in 4 years, even if I decide to minor in a few things.

I am loving my classes now, and can't wait to take more classes in HDFS.

--- Stacy Baker

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Working Your Way through College

One of the biggest concerns about coming to college that some of you may have is, how you’re going to pay for it. Having a job and trying to juggle homework and a social life at the same time can be very stressful and difficult at times. Getting a job on campus can make this much easier for anyone to handle. There are a plethora of jobs available all over campus in residence halls, dining courts, food marts, academic offices, libraries, etc.

During my sophomore year, I got a job at CPK (Central Production Kitchen) where all the food for on-the-go is made and sealed. The thing I like best about having a job on campus is being able to go to work during long breaks between classes. Working a couple hours here and there adds up to about 10-12 hours a week without having to work nights and weekends, which gives me time to do homework and still have a social life as well. All in all, getting a job to earn some extra money while going to school is possible, just find something that fits in with your class schedule and isn't too demanding.

Until next time,

--- Bridget Gehlhausen

Monday, September 19, 2011

Back on Track

After what seemed like a very short summer, it was time to get back to school and start my last year at Purdue. While it was hard to say goodbye to my family, a fully stocked kitchen, and long days by the pool, I was ready to be back to familiar faces at school. After screams and hugs, it immediately felt like we never even left each other. While being with my friends will be the best part of my last year, there are so many things I am looking forward to.

1. Saturday football games! I can easily say I will never miss a tailgate, mark my word.

2. Recruitment for my sorority. It is an unforgettable experience and I love spending two weekends bonding with over 100 inspiring women.

3. Packing in electives to fill my schedule. With being 20 credits away from graduation, I am left with many electives, including an art and design class and wine appreciation. Purdue offers many more classes that will make you feel like you’re not even at school, check them out!

4. Involvement, Involvement, Involvement. Now that I know exactly what clubs I love, I am able to be an officer and focus on the things I enjoy doing on campus. So what are those favorite things? College Mentors for Kids and Purdue University Dance Marathon. They are both for the kids and both totally worth it.

5. Getting an internship. I will be working hard this semester to find an internship that I love for my last semester!

6. Lastly, spending every second at Purdue with amazing friends that I can’t imagine leaving.

Those are just a few things that I am looking forward to. Of course, being at Purdue is never dull and there will be many unexpected surprises along the way. Luckily, I’ve already had three years of nothing but good memories. Remind me again why college has to end in four years?

Boiler up,
--- Jacey

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Don’t like the classes you are taking? Do something about it!

The goal of college is to graduate with a degree from which we can begin to build a career. From semester to semester there are always going to be classes you like more than others; some will be straightforward, some dull, some stimulating, and some will challenge you to study more than you ever thought possible. We all have set guidelines and regulations to fulfill for our majors, but outside that there is leeway in course choice via electives.

I have seen many of my peers take classes they have little or no interest in simply because they think it will be an “easy A”. I find that people perform much better in classes they are sincerely interested in. It makes attending class enjoyable and homework seem like less of a chore. You find yourself wanting to learn more about a topic, not just obligated to in order to achieve a good mark.

Purdue has such an excellent selection of courses there is no reason to be stuck in an elective you dislike. College is a time to prepare for a future career but it is also an opportunity to expand your interests and worldview. So this is my challenge to you: broaden your horizons, take a subject you have never tried before. You may just find your new minor.

--- Maggie Flynn