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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Annual Purdue Fashion Show is just a little over a month away and the apparel labs are buzzing with activity. My fellow Apparel Design & Technology students and I are busy making garments, pieces for the art gallery, and producing the show. We have been draping, patterning, fitting, and sewing our garments to get them ready for the runway.

As a junior, I am creating three runway looks. I will also be putting two pieces in the art gallery. In addition to these personal projects, I am a team leader for the Communication and Advertising Team. Our team is in charge of designing tickets, creating the program, and selling advertisements. We have been working to design page layouts and write garment descriptions to put in the program. I am off to get back to work in labs! I will be sure to post pictures from the fashion show soon!

-- Kelsey Leliaert

Procrastination: the never-ending battle of now or later

We all struggle against it, some with greater success then others. Though a challenge to people everywhere, procrastination seems to manifest itself on college campuses at an entirely new level. Whether it is because campuses are full of youth living on their own for the first time or because our schedules are a string of deadlines with one test or assignment followed by another. While it is probably a combination of both as I approach my senior year I can say with confidence procrastination, in all of its many forms, is never your friend.

I could swear I moved into my dorm a few months ago, was taking my first finals just yesterday but, alas, that was actually two and a half years ago. As I am planning out my senior year courses and graduate school applications are looming grimly on the horizon I can count many things I am glad to have done throughout my 6 semesters. Conversely, there are many things I am starting today I wish I had started a year ago.

So advice to any new or current college student: don’t wait. Don’t wait to ask for help. Don’t wait to introduce yourself to your Professor. Don’t wait to get an internship. Don’t wait to step out of your comfort zone. Your self one-year from will now be happy you didn’t.

-- Maggie Flynn

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Research Project

One of my courses this semester is solely devoted to developing and conducting a research experiment. We are able to choose our own research topic and survey a target population. I believe that stress-related conditions are very prevalent in college students and many of us do not have the knowledge to properly cope with our daily stressors. So, I am interested in finding out how stress affects our diet and physical activity. When students become stressed, do they decrease their physical activity because they are overwhelmed? Do they tend to eat unhealthy, sugary snacks or gravitate towards fruits and vegetables? As independent college students, we now have the ability to choose our lifestyle. We do not have the influence of our parents telling us what to eat or physical education classes that force us to stay active. We have to build our own healthy habits.

I will be surveying a sample of college students on Purdue’s campus through an online survey tool called Qualtrics. I am currently reading literature and studies that have focused on this topic. From there, I will create the survey and send it out to students.

It is a difficult task to begin a research project, but if you study something that interests you, it will be a positive challenge. Purdue also gives students the opportunity to get involved with professor’s research. This is not only great for a resume, but you can really find where your interests lie through research. I would encourage every student to participate in at least one research project throughout his or her time at Purdue. You will not regret it.

-- Jaci

Physician Assistant School Interview

Last Saturday I had my first interview for Physician Assistant school. I was very nervous and anxious because I had no idea what to expect. Luckily, the interview was unique and actually quite enjoyable. As I arrived around 10:00 am, we signed in and had a chance to eat some breakfast and chat with the other applicants who were there for interviews. This was helpful because I realized that I wasn’t the only one who was unsure of what was to come. Then we were escorted upstairs and I had my first segment, where I was taught how to suture a wound. This was very exciting for me since I have seen it several times throughout my shadowing experience, but never actually learned how to do it. They used a fake skin prop and I taught it back to the professor who originally taught me. Then in the next breakout, I was taught how to measure whether a heart was abnormal on an x-ray picture on an iPad. After this, we were given several drugs and the conditions that allowed us to use them, and then were given several different x-rays and had to tell the professor which drugs we would use. The third segment was an ethical situation. I read through the situation and had to answer several questions about what I would do if I were in that situation. Lastly, before a break, I had a traditional interview with one of the professors. After our break, we were split into groups of 5 and took an empathy survey, a discernment quiz with questions about the profession, and had a group activity in which we had to decide which 10 qualities we thought were most important for a PA to have. After all of these breakouts, we finally got to take a tour of the facilities by current PA students and ask them questions about their experience. As I walked throughout the building and had the opportunity to talk to them, I realized that it was the right fit for me. Not only were the faculty and staff extremely friendly and helpful, but the students were passionate about their education and helping us find our place.

Now all I have to do is wait and hope for the best.

-- Kaylie Waltz

I'm Ready!

The Spring semester is now well underway, and man, am I ready for some constant nice weather! Springtime at Purdue is one of my favorite times of year. After everyone having been stuck indoors for months, the first day of nice weather is always amazing. Everywhere you walk you see people throwing a football, Frisbee, or just lounging in the grassy areas of campus. Sure does make it hard to want to go to class! Unfortunately, we have awhile until these wonderful days come, and stick around. Thankfully, our Spring Break in March helps us make it through all this cold weather! Many times students will get a group of their friends and rent a hotel, house, or condo in Florida somewhere, or even go on a cruise! The nice thing about that is that since you have a big group, you split the cost and make the price decently affordable! This year, I (and nine of my friends!) am going to Miami! I am SO excited, because I've never been to Miami before!

I have been on Spring Break with basically the same group of people the past two years, and this year is looking to be one of the best! We have a condo in a high rise, with the beach right across the street, and a pool too! The last two years we stayed in the same house in Clearwater, Florida, and it was so much fun!

However, as much as I want to sit and think about the beach breeze, and laying out all day not thinking about a thing, unfortunately I still have to keep my feet on the ground and focus on my responsibilities. For example, I've had three exams recently, and a quiz, paper, and exam this week too! I also have been attempting to devote my time to studying for the GRE, which is the test I will have to take in order to get into graduate programs for Speech Pathology. So, until Spring Break, I've got lots to accomplish, but it will all be worth it when March 16th rolls around!

-- Ariel Demoret

Monday, February 13, 2012

Smooth sailing to SB12... Well, Almost

3 exams this week... 1 Wednesday, 1 Thursday, 1 Friday... Yikes! What's keeping me motivated to study? SPRING BREAK 2012!! After these three exams, its smooth sailing (well, working out and papers to write, but no more huge exams!) until that wonderful holiday that every college student starts thinking about before they even return for the spring semester.

My best friend Abbie and I just recently decided that we were going to vacation together this year in Florida. Not the crazy and super touristy part of Florida, but the relaxing and calm part of Florida. Aaahhh, I can feel the sand between my toes now! Flip flops, ice cream, sun, and shopping. A week of paradise.

Visions of sandy beaches are dancing in my head. 26 days and counting :-)

-- Stacy Baker

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Tebowmania and More

January has been a crazy month! I was back in the mile high city and I finally got to experience “Tebowmania” in its purest form. Although the Denver Broncos lost, I got to go to a great game and “Tebow” in the Rocky Mountains. The weather was mild all break and I got to go skiing and enjoy being with friends and family.

Since I’ve been back to Purdue, I have been heavily involved with BGR (Boiler Gold Rush). I was accepted in the fall as a Team Supervisor and right now we are in the process of selecting Team Leaders for next fall. My class schedule is fairly moderate, and call me crazy, but I’m really enjoying organic chemistry. This coming summer is extremely important for my future so I have begun applying to roughly a dozen undergraduate research programs at universities such as MIT, UC Berkley, and Colorado State. I also am looking into study abroad opportunities so that I have many options come May.

I’m excited about what my future holds and I am looking forward to being a part of more HHS Ambassador events this spring. I will be going to Cabo San Lucas for a leadership conference over spring break and I am going to continue looking into research opportunities around the country.

Boiler Up!

-- Geoff Ryan

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

College Musts

With the semester in full swing now, I found its really easy to get a case of the winter “blahs.” Luckily, the weather has been on Purdue’s side so far, and we’ve had a really mild winter. I never thought I would take so much notice in the weather, but having to walk even 5 minutes to class takes some preparation. The best investment I have made in my college career is my pair of rain boots. Never have I had a pair of shoes that I’ve loved and used so much. Anyone here can attest to the utter importance and awesomeness that is the rain boot. They are an every-season kind of shoe that is a definite college staple.

Now that I’ve publicized my love of rain boots, I need to also say how amazing my experience in the Residence Halls have been. This is my second year living in the dorms, and I’m really glad I did. Last year, I met my roommate online, so I only knew a little about her, but I’m so glad I did. We are both in nursing, so having almost the same schedule made it really easy to study or relax in our room. We lived in Earhart, which I loved! The dining court was right down stairs, so during those below zero days, I never had to venture outside just to eat. This year I upgraded to Windsor (remodeled within the past few years), which has been just as awesome. Again, the dining court is connected to the hall, so no inclement weather has to come in the way of my eating. It’s great living with so many friends, and there is never a dull moment. Also, I love being able to walk to anywhere on campus, the longest walk being about 15 minutes away. I never appreciated how nice not having to drive everywhere is before coming to college. Though the rooms aren’t as luxurious as some TV shows make them out to be, they are also not the horror stories you hear of either. I would definitely recommend living in the dorms for at least one year while at Purdue. It’s a great way to meet new people, and have as many desserts as you please!

Now, all I have to ace my round of tests coming up and avoid the colds that have been circulating. Boiler Up! (Go Giants!)

-- Mary Jacobs

Future Goals Reassured

Although I am away from Purdue, this semester has already been so amazing and has reassured my future goals.

Part of my major involves having an internship during your last semester of school and I am doing mine at two elementary schools as a guidance counselor and I love it. It is everything that I expected and more. I love it because it is so rewarding. After week three, the children at both schools are starting to know me and always make an effort to say good morning and give me high fives. There is one student in particular that I have been spending a lot of time with, and this week he gave me a big hug and said “I really like you.” That was the best part of my week, and those little moments are what make my internship so great. From the three weeks I have been an intern, I have learned that this career is so unexpected and no day is ever the same. While there is a structured schedule, it doesn’t always go as planned and things will come up that can change your whole entire agenda. I have also learned that it comes with a lot of disappointing news and hardship, so the positives must always be appreciated to keep you going. More specifically, children will continue to have issues at home and school, but when they have a good day, you must smile with them and appreciate that triumph. Having this hands-on experience is so reassuring and prepares you so much for the real world. While I miss the campus, my friends, and every Boilermaker tradition, these students make me smile so big every day. I wouldn't have it any other way.

Boiler Up!

-- Jacey Abney

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Purdue Goes to the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl!

I had the opportunity over break to attend the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl in Detroit, Michigan where Purdue played against Western Michigan. A group of friends and I planned a road trip to visit the Ford Field and watched the Boilermakers to a 37-32 victory! We had great seats, not to mention were in a dome and didn’t have to bundle up for the cold and slushy weather. Last time Purdue appeared in a bowl game was back in 2007 when we beat Central Michigan. It was great to see so many fans attend the game and help support our team. We definitely a great time!

-- Kim Ziarko

Purdue University Dance Marathon

Last November, I participated in Purdue University Dance Marathon. PUDM is an annual student run event which raises money for the Riley Hospital for Children. Throughout this 18 hour marathon, we learned a group dance, heard from the Riley families, and watched other performances. There was also lots of businesses who donated food and provided activates to keep all of the dancers’ spirits up. I had a great time spending this meaningful time with friends and meeting the Riley families.

PUDM 2011 raised $303,562.82 for the kids of Riley Hospital. It was an inspiring event and I hope to participate again next year.

-- Kelsey Leliaert

Focus Groups

One of the really cool things that I like about Purdue is how much emphasis is put on research. Even the book stores want to make sure that they’re looking into the opinions and thoughts of their students/consumers.

This past semester I went to a few focus groups that were hosted by University Book Store. Set up into a girls group and a boys group, representatives from different companies came to see what young adults were prone to buy. We got to see different clothing, hats, sports gear, and Turvis cups. It was really neat to be free to talk about what we liked and didn’t like about the items we see in the book stores for sale. Some of the topics we discussed were how much we’d be willing to pay for an item, if it mattered what the material was, how it was washed, or if it was made in the United States, and on what occasions we would wear such items. Some of us even went down to the detail of the cuts of sleeves, length of shirts, and some of the products we got to try on. I would have easily done this focus group for free but as luck had it, every focus group I went to I was rewarded with some kind of product: a hat, a tshirt voucher at the book store, and a free Turvis mug. It was definitely worth me time!

-- Kathryn Stwalley

Student Teaching

This semester is a whole new ball game for me! It’s already been one week and I’m still adjusting to going to bed early, waking up early every day, not getting naps in during the day, and having to make daily lesson plans. However, my experience so far is going great. Right now I am placed at a local middle school. I say right now, because for Family and Consumer Sciences Education you student teach at two different placements. For the first 8 weeks you teach in a middle school setting, and for the second 8 weeks of the semester you teach in a high school setting. After I am done with this placement I will move to a high school in nearby Crawfordsville, Indiana. During your student teaching placement you work with a mentor teacher on a daily basis and a University Supervisor comes to observe you every other week. It’s a an exciting and nerve-racking experience because you get to take over someone’s classroom, and treat it like your own but you still have people observing and evaluating you. My suggestion to manage your stress level is to stay ahead of things by planning in advance, and establish good communication between you and your mentor teacher.

Until next time,

-- Bridget Gehlhausen
-- Senior, Family and Consumer Sciences Education

Friday, January 13, 2012

Happy 2012!

I don’t think I could’ve started off the New Year better than a trip to Aspen, Colorado with the Purdue Ski and Snow Board Club.

I hadn’t been skiing in ten years, but with the help of my very savvy ski instructor and tips from all of my friends, I had the time of my life! Around two hundred of us left on the afternoon of New Year’s Day on three huge buses for Colorado. Twenty-seven hours later we were unloading our bags in Snow Mass, one of the four mountain villages included in what is considered the Aspen area.

Our trip was full of surprises: lost ski boots, lost lift passes, bouts of altitude sickness, and a sprained wrist… but all of this couldn’t have stopped our group from having a good time! We had eight altogether in our cozy condo on the side of the mountain, which we named our “Aspen Family.” Coffee in the morning and hot cocoa at night (along with sore muscles and runny noses) kept our little family tight-knit. J
Aspen itself really has the capacity to “wow” anyone… from the tall peaks and beautiful slopes, to the tourists it attracts, being there is quite an experience. Although I didn’t know it, Aspen is actually one the major global ski capitals. In fact, my group ski lesson was with an Australian, a Puerto Rican, and an Italian; I was literally the only American! It was so interesting to meet the different people, get to know more of the Purdue students in the club, and just soak in the sights.

This was the trip of a lifetime and I’m so glad that I got the opportunity to go through Purdue. What a way to start the year!

-- Colleen Troke

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering is a great way to get involved not only on campus at Purdue but also the community of Lafayette and West Lafayette. Since my sophomore year I have been volunteering with a couple different organizations on campus and off. For the past two years I have participated in Boiler Blast, which is one day a year where Purdue students go to the homes of residents in the surrounding area and help the household with several different types of chores. My first year we had to paint cabinets for the house that I went to and last year we did yard work for an elderly woman. So what do you at the home you are assigned to is different depending on their need. 

Another place that I volunteer is the Lafayette Crisis Center. I have been volunteering there since my sophomore year and absolutely love it. I have become a trainer for future volunteers and also am an on-call volunteer. At the crisis center, we have 3 different lines that we answer. We have a line called 211, which is called when there is a need for a referral to different human services programs, like counseling centers or financial assistance organizations, in the Tippecanoe area. We also have a crisis line, which is usually a caller that is having a difficult time and we need to have that open ear to listen to them. On this line we also get calls forwarded to us from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which is the line people contemplating suicide can call for support. The last line we have at the Crisis Center is a teen line, which is what it sounds like… a line that teens can call.

Volunteering at the Lafayette Crisis Center has been one of the best experiences I have had during my college career and has confirmed my passion for wanting to work in this type of environment as a career. 

While at Purdue, you have lots of opportunities to volunteer. It could be through a fraternity, sorority, or a club on campus. But my advice is to get out there and volunteer!

-- Alyssa Schnaus

First Blog of 2012!

Winter Break is the lazy river ride after the white water rapids that is finals week.

Taking time away from school and spending some time with the family is very relaxing, unless you have a family like mine; they couldn't wait for me to head back to school! After a little time off for Christmas, I came back to school early to continue my training for wrestling. Winter Break is the middle of our season, so we can't take much time off, but not having to worry about any school things was very nice. I missed home, but once I was there I realized I missed school more. The friends, food, activities, and overall atmosphere of Purdue has become more familiar to me than anything else, and I'm just a sophomore.

Whether you live in this state or not even this country, Purdue can be your home just like it is mine.

-- Andrew Wiseman

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Back to School!!!

After a long and relaxing break, it was finally time to come back to Purdue and get ready for the second semester. As much as I love a break from school and getting to see my family, it's always fun to come back to school and see all of your friends. I moved back into my apartment and was quickly ready to meet up with some friends to catch up. However, after getting a chance to get reacquainted with everyone, the work begins again. Lately, like all of the other students on campus, I’ve been busy trying to straighten out my class schedule as well as get all of my books and supplies that I will need for the semester. In addition, it is important to get organized and plan out time in your schedule for homework, clubs, extracurricular activities, and free time. It’s always a hassle but once you get everything done and are prepared for the semester, you feel so good! When you think about it though, it’s funny how when you’re on break your excited to get back to school, but as soon as classes start you can’t wait for things to die down again.

Is it Spring Break yet!?

-- Sam Shaner

Public Health Internship Experience

I am so lucky to have landed a great internship with Purdue Rec Sports. I began last October and have learned so much in the last couple of months. In fact, this internship has really opened new doors for me. I really had no idea the large role Rec Sports plays in each student’s life. I had this assumption that Rec Sports just consisted of a fitness facility and fitness classes. I learned quickly that is not the case at all. The most interesting fact I found out about Purdue is that we have a high ropes course near campus that Rec Sports facilitates. Many different groups on campus utilize this ropes course for team-building exercises. Plus, they are extremely fun.

My role at Rec Sports is to help manage the Fitness and Wellness Programs offered at Purdue. I am currently in the midst of my capstone project. My capstone project is to create wellness presentations that will supplement our current Learn To Play Away program. Learn To Play Away is a fitness instructor request program. So, your organization can request a fitness class like yoga and zumba and we will come to your location and conduct a class for you. My goal is to add a short wellness presentation to the fitness class. College is a very critical time for students to build lifelong healthy habits. This is a way to educate students about healthy habits. I have been working on the program since October and cannot wait until it is up and running.

I have been enjoying this internship so much that I am interested in pursing a career in recreational sports. It has been very difficult because there are so many different paths in the health field and I seem to enjoy them all.

Boiler Up!

-- Jaci Reiter

Study Abroad…. Do It!

I am sure you have all heard from one person or another at some point in your life “study abroad in college, its a once and a lifetime experience!”. I know I had several aunts who told me year after year about their exchange experiences and how I HAD to do it once I was in college. At the time I found it a bit annoying and just wanted them to leave me alone, but now that I am a study abroad vet it is my turn to nag. Study Abroad! It will change your life!

I spent this last semester living in Sydney, Australia studying at the University of Sydney. I can without a doubt say it was the most exciting and rewarding 5 months of my life. I was able to meet people from not only Australia, but around the world. I was able to live in one of the best and most beautiful cities on earth. I swam with Nemo in the Great Barrier Reef, climbed a volcano in Indonesia, and Bungy Jumped off a 144 meter platform in New Zealand.

I am not going to say every day on exchange is like vacation, because it's not. Some days will be hard and some days you will want to step back into your comfort zone. Being away from home made me learn a lot about other people, but it also taught me a lot about myself. It widened my perspective on the world, and gave me sense of how the world views me. It taught me that being away and putting yourself in new and uncomfortable situations is not always easy, but that often the greatest rewards come from our greatest challenges.

-- Maggie Flynn