A Day in Lafayette

The first time I ventured off campus as a freshman, I didn’t really know what to do or where to go. For the incoming freshmen, I don’t want you to be at a loss for off-campus entertainment as well! Here are a few places I recommend:

  1. All Fired Up - This is a paint-your-own pottery studio. You can paint a mug, plate, vase, or just about anything, then they fire it in a kiln. You’ll spend about $15, but it’s a really fun place to go for fun with a group of friends. Go during Midnight Madness to have the studio fee waived, and don’t forget to make reservations!
  2. Main Street Amusements - Not your ordinary arcade, this place has nothing but pinball machines! Just walk right in and play a few. I recommend the Transformers machine. The owner also has a friendly dog there sometimes, for you animal lovers!
  3. Art Trail - A lot of people go through Purdue without ever knowing about all the artwork in Greater Lafayette. There are murals, sculptures, and fountains all over Lafayette and West Lafayette. It’s worth a long stroll on a nice day to see some of them. 
  4. Columbian Park Zoo - I’ve only been to this zoo as a Boo at the Zoo volunteer. But during the warmer months, they have almost 200 animals out for you to see. It’s another nice place to visit on a sunny day. They also have volunteer and internship opportunities, if you are looking to get involved.
  5. Celery Bog - The Celery Bog Nature Area is a spot that many students don’t know about. There are woods and trails. It is a really great spot to hike or job. I highly recommend spending some time here. I even saw a coyote at the Celery Bog once!

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This Thursday, Purdue Admissions is participating in a virtual college fair hosted by College Week Live. Register in advance to participate in an extended Q&A session with college admissions counselors and current Purdue Students. We will even broadcast a live Q&A with students from 4-5pm EST. Register NOW: http://bit.ly/Wd3X5P

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 Corporate Recruiters Love Purdue

I love when I see stories like this, http://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2013/Q1/purdues-center-for-career-opportunities-sees-strong,-increasing-student-recruitment-into-job-market.html - evidence of the value of a Purdue degree.

Corporate recruiters treat Purdue as one of their “core” universities - a place they will continue to visit because they know they’re going to find talented students who are well prepared. And not just prepared for specific careers but for future leadership roles within their organizations.

It’s great to work in Admissions for an institution that truly delivers on what my office communicates to prospective students and their families - Purdue graduates are in demand.

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 Want success?

Be Efficient

I’ve come to learn that I’m not the most efficient worker.  This is the special formula of the quantity of work being produced, multiplied by the quality, divided by the time required.  I’m somewhat of a perfectionist - in some areas, anyway - and have come to realize that I take too much time to finish some assignments and other personal projects.  I’ve begun counting the amount of times I restart an assignment and the average is above two.  This doubles the total amount of time it takes to finish the assignment.  You would think in such a situation, the quality of the finished product goes up, but this is not the case 100% of the time.  

To increase my efficiency, I’ve decided to list the amount of time it takes me to complete every important activity starting tomorrow.  At the end of the week, I will analyze this data and attempt to find a solution to cut the times by some margin.  I’m sure I will have to cut down on cat videos on youtube.  Sigh.

Plan Your Day

"I guess I’ll wake up today and do something… I dunno." - Some unsuccessful guy.  Success starts in the mind.  You must have a successful mindset in order to live it.  Plan your day efficiently and productively.  I can’t count how many times I have not planned my day and have felt like a lazy bum.  However, it may not be the same for everyone.  Some people can seemingly ‘go with the flow’ and find success along the way.  This isn’t necessarily the case for me. 

Write out what the plan is for the next day.  Know when you will wake up.  What will you do after classes?  Maybe you should do some homework.  Remember, don’t burn yourself out on work.  Schedule in some relax time.

Work on Yourself

 Isn’t it funny how some people seem to be able to do everything under the sun?  They can sing, they can dance, they are good at sports, they play eight instruments, they are leaders, they have fans, they have everything you want.  How is this possible?  Do they have more than 24 hours in their days?  They must be cheating!  This is how I used to feel, until I came to the realization that these people just spent more time working on themselves than I did.  They practiced relentlessly, read constantly, and pursued personal betterment all with more passion than I did.  What you must do is find that fire within yourself.  Find that passion that will build that dedication and perseverance to pursue your full potential.

Personally, I’ve been working on my Japanese, web development, game development, physical fitness, and more.  This all goes hand-in-hand with working efficiently and planning your day.  Once you get these base elements down, you’ll be unstoppable, and even better, successful.

"Success, I’ll see you soon."

- John Brown

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 Final stretch

Well, it’s finally arrived.  My final semester in college.  I’m not sure what to be thinking.  Part of me is glad to finally be (almost) done with the experience, while the other part of me is sad to see it have gone by so quickly.  I’ve begun to look back at my sixteen plus years of being in the educational system and wonder where the time has gone.  

But, at the final stretch you can’t spend your days reminiscing about the good and bad times.  You only have enough time to look forward, towards the bright future.  The biggest concern now is preparation for that bright future.  Strangely enough, if you’re like me, it’ll seem like a barrage of questions never completely answered will begin to spring up.  Should I consider graduate school?  Which company would offer me the best benefits?  Do I want to stay close to home?  Where would I like to move to?  What kind of apartment do I want to live in?  Do I want a challenging job or a relaxed one?  How much do I want to be making?  How low am I willing to go (in terms of pay)?

These questions have been stressing me to death these last few days and I’ve just been trying to answer each one as they become more pertinent.  I know I’d like to go into the web or game development fields, and wouldn’t mind moving away from home.  Many companies ask for a few years experience in this or that and I occasionally get nervous about my opportunities, but I keep my head up.  I’ve been looking into a few graduate programs and like a few that I see. 

That’s just the mental side of things.  Physically, I’ve been doing nothing else but homework, studying, and preparing myself for job opportunities.  Working on my online portfolio until 4 am; editing, re-editing, and again re-editing my resume; looking for suits to buy; checking out job fairs; looking at job applications.  All in all, this final stretch seems like it’s going to be taxing, but in the end it’ll all be worth it.

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 Last Semester Jitters

It’s hard to believe how close I am to “real life.” On May 11, 2013 at 9:30AM I’ll be walking across the stage at Elliott Hall of Music. (Interesting fact about Elliott: It has nearly 100 more seats than Radio City Music Hall)

I’m ready to graduate, but I’m not sure if I’m ready to leave Purdue. It’s hard to picture my full-time job, living completely on my own, and what life will be like without going to class. I’m excited though, but a little nervous. Right now I’m working on the job search. I work for the career center at Purdue and write blogs with job search advice. But actually finding a job isn’t as easy as it is in theory. Finding a job is hard! To all my Boilermaker peers who have a job offer already: Congratulations! To potential students: A Purdue degree means a lot; you’ll go a long way as a Boilermaker. 

My current task is writing a beautiful cover letter to go along with my resume. I’m applying for jobs that entail writing, and writing a cover letter as a writer is a lot of pressure. 

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Welcome, President Mitch Daniels! Students organized this flash mob to welcome our new university president. 

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My gift to my sister this Christmas was an awesome Purdue plate for the front of her car! She’s been here three semesters now, so it is time her car reflected her Boilermaker spirit.
This is my last semester at Purdue. While I’m trying to enjoy my last days at Purdue, I’m still searching for my career, working for the Purdue Center for Career Opportunities, keeping involved in some student organizations, and taking five classes to finish off my major (Sales & Marketing) and minor (Communication). But my semester is looking good - interesting classes and great professors. 
I’m also excited to welcome our new president, Mitch Daniels! He will be joining Purdue on January 14.

My gift to my sister this Christmas was an awesome Purdue plate for the front of her car! She’s been here three semesters now, so it is time her car reflected her Boilermaker spirit.

This is my last semester at Purdue. While I’m trying to enjoy my last days at Purdue, I’m still searching for my career, working for the Purdue Center for Career Opportunities, keeping involved in some student organizations, and taking five classes to finish off my major (Sales & Marketing) and minor (Communication). But my semester is looking good - interesting classes and great professors. 

I’m also excited to welcome our new president, Mitch Daniels! He will be joining Purdue on January 14.

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 Regrets

Do I have any? Sure, several in fact. So many things left undone, so much personal protential seemingly untapped. But this post isn’t about me or my regrets, it’s about you and yours. Bottom line, make sure you leave college without any. Furthermore, make sure you leave every situational event without any. I’ve come to realize that the hardest part about regrets is not having them until it’s too late. So my advice to you is to plan ahead. Be diligent in your planning too. Before you enter any situation make note of exactly what it is you want to leave with. What experiences do you want to have? What would you like to learn? Who would you like to meet? Write these down someplace and keep them safe, update the list as you think of more items. Afterwards it’s up to you to strive to finish that list. Call it a bucket list, but don’t attribute it to death, but to completion of the event. I’ve learned this the hard way several times and will make sure not to continue to do so. Thus, I’ve begun to compile my list, broken down into sections of my life to come, eg: final semester, career, fatherhood, etc. I guess the only thing more important than creating the list is establishing your aspirations and goals. Remember to never end up an unknown blip in life. Change yourself, change someone’s life, change the world.

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 College surprises

There were a few oddities that surprised me about college that I would have never guessed existed. Here is a list of said oddities.

Attendance Policy

I had always believed the attendance policy reign became obsolete and extinct beyond the reach of high school, but I was wrong. Hearing a professor say for the first time that we were to sign an attendance sheet honestly made me go, “Nooooo…!” Perhaps I’m over-exaggerating, but the effect was the same. I was just under the impression that the college society was one in which young adults were looked upon and subsequently engaged as, well… young adults. It’s not that I want to - or am advising - skipping class, I would just like the right to.

Seating Charts

"You’ve got to be kidding me…" No exaggeration here, I literally said this. To think that in a class of over fifty, there’d exist a seating chart is mind-blowing. At this point I called out every movie and television show centered around college I had ever seen. They had lied so me, to us! But more importantly, to me! It’s not like I have some sort of reservation as to where I must sit. I have 20/20 vision and a good set of ears, so it’s all good; but man, the freedom was torn away so abruptly that I was set aback. It’s been seven semesters and I won’t lie, it still gets me every time.

Free movies

What, you thought the list was only bad things? On the contrary, college has surprised me in several positive ways as well. One specific surprise was free movies. Here at Purdue the Purdue Student Union Board organizes movie nights at a place called Fowler - “Flicks @ Fowler”. It’s a cozy little room set up to be a theatre stage, but doubles as a movie theatre. It’s got a nice sized screen and projector, good acoustics, comfy seats, and comfortable atmosphere. The best part about Flicks at Fowler is that the movies are fairly recent. Oh, and of course, they’re free to watch for purdue students. Doesn’t get much better than that.

The Den Pop is a drink?!

So while I was a noob freshman, and getting acquainted with all the whacky traditions Purdue has, I kept hearing talk of this mysterious one call a Den Pop run. So I’m sitting here thinking some pretty crazy things, filling my mind with all sorts of adventures that could be a den pop run. What a surprise I get some time later when I’m actually in the vicinity of the Den, and I find out that a Den Pop is just a giant soda you can mix yourself and it’s super cheap. T_T mfw I learned this. Needless to say I got me one but still… talk about a letdown.

Squirrels, squirrels everywhere

I’m pretty sure the squirrels are planning a takeover of Purdue’s campus. These furry little guys are literally everywhere. They’re in the trees, they’re in the bushes, they’re in the trashcans. I’m almost positive I saw on in the classroom one time, finishing his undergrad. I’m glad they’re kind of cute (masculine voice) because otherwise we’d have a problem. On occasion I’ll see them in a tree, tail rounded, arching back, motionless, squeaking some odd sound that reverberates around campus, and think, “Wow… those things are creepy.” 

Free software

Is there anything better than the word free? Yes, when you attach the word software to the end of it. Being in the college of Technology (incentive) gives students access to a partnership between Microsoft and the university in which they can download free software ranging from Visual Studios to operating systems. Yes, I’m running Windows 8 because of it.  The process is easy, fast, and best of all, free. Let’s just hope the squirrels don’t find out.

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 The types of professors you will have

The Hardass

This professor is Mr/s. Serious 24/7. A joke has not been found that is funny enough to bring any bit of humorous joy into this person’s life. Save your ‘dog at my homework’ excuses for your other professor’s, this one isn’t buying any of your sob stories. They are professor’s of integrity. You do your work, they’re fine. Don’t do your work, they’re fine - but you’re not. They have little understanding as to why this material isn’t getting through your head. It’s just rocket science, it’s not that hard. Maybe if you spent less time texting your friends, watching tv, facebook stalking your ex, listening to your dubstep, and sleeping, you’d have time to do the assignments. You turned in your assignment at 12:01 pm? No worries; late, twenty points off. 

The Ice Cube

This cool professor has got your back. They know the stresses that college life can bring; hell, they’ve been there. All they ask is that you’re honest with them and everything is usually cool. Seriously, tell them you forgot about the assignment because you were hungover, they’ll be okay with it. Just make sure to turn it in asap. The chill prof doesn’t mind to divulge information about their own college days, being sure to give out the details of the most important aspects: the parties. S/he is also hip to current trends and owns every tech gadget you do. They even have a facebook! Don’t worry about coming to class near breaks, they’ll cancel them knowing no one will show up anyway.

The Slacker

Teach? No way, that’s what TA’s and labs are for. The slacker is the professor that makes you wonder just how easy it is to obtain a PhD and procure a teaching position. You even become a bit envious of their situation. They come to class, late as usual, disheveled in appearance and seemingly unprepared. You discuss topics completely unrelated to the course objectives and leave with a sense of… anti-achievement(?) Later on in the semester you begin to think the class a waste of time and contemplate skipping every meeting, until that very day the professor implements a attendance policy, “Because too many of you aren’t coming to class.” You wonder why. The slacker is the professor who will have you cursing the system for not only allowing this person a job, but for forcing you to attend a semester-long course in which you don’t learn anything. To add icing on the cake, the slacker gives out a final exam. Good luck.

The Dramatic

The dramatic categorizes those professors who over-exaggerate everything. Hyperbole may be their middle name. If one student is late to class then the entire learning agenda must be halted to harp the importance of arriving to class on time. Has someone been caught texting in the back of the room? The dramatic will feel obligated to follow ‘the code’. Step one: stop teaching, everyone needs to know about this one student. Step two: call the culprit out. This is your domain. How dare they disrespect you in your kingdom? Step three: Interrogate said student under the hot lamp. Be sure to sprinkle in several rhetorical questions, such as the obvious, ‘Why are you texting in my class?’ And remember, always cut them off! Only your word shall be heard. Step four: Has it been ten (+) minutes yet? Alright, ask them to leave. Step five: Admire your work as the culprit bows their head in shame and leaves your presence. Work well done. Summarize the events to the class and continue teaching. The dramatic is the professor who feels threatened by any attention s/he is not receiving and does everything within their power to gain back dominance. This professor will change the brave student’s mindset. Simply put, Challenge accepted.

The Clown

The name doesn’t sound too promising, but this is a professor you wouldn’t mind having. The clown always tries to entertain the class in some fashion. Whether it be that they’re naturally comedic or a nerdy goof, they will have you laughing. There are a few that try a tad bit above that threshold called desperation, but for the most part those who don’t get the responses they are after will just continue on teaching. The clown isn’t afraid to share a laugh with their students, even if it’s at their own expense. They tend to be the ones with age on them, softened over the years by their tender pupils. Nothing really gets to them, and you’ll enjoy this fact. They are the easy-going, laid-back professors who enjoy student interaction. You’ll never fear speaking up in their class, even over them. Unlike the dramatic (see above) a joke will usually replace a scolding in situations of late students or texting occurrences. They understand that their main objective as a professor is to teach those who want to learn, and don’t spend the time trying to reprimand the students who don’t seem interested. Their hair is usually gray enough without that added stress. 

The Um… Chris? No John!

The Um… Chris? No John! professors are the ones who will never remember you. Period. Not on the first day, not on last. Don’t take offense, it’s not necessarily because they have no invested interest in getting to know you. Perhaps you’re just not very impressionable? No, of course that’s not it, you’re awesome. Anyway, this professor will leave you wondering how hard it can be to remember your name when you’re the only ‘X’ in the class. You could be the minority of the room, (in terms of race, gender, age, etc.) and s/he’ll still be fishing in the dark for names. It’s Tyrone, right? On occasion they’ll say a name that may offend you, be it that the name is stereotypical, or due to the name being reserved by that other ‘X’ in class.  Try to brush it off, the world is still spinning. What needs to be remembered is that these professors generally have several (sometimes hundred) other students who they teach and perhaps they’re committing the names to memory one class at a time; your class is coming soon. You can possibly skip to the head of the line by standing out amongst your peers *cough* teacher’s pet *cough*. You’ll undoubtedly have several awkward moments with said professor as you run into one another at your local mart, and you’ll exclaim, “Hey Mr/s. Z”, and s/he’ll reply, “Hey… you.” At the end of the day, the professor does their job fairly well and that’s all that matters. Just don’t ask for a recommendation, they might put the wrong name on the letter.

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 One semester to go

Well, it has finally arrived; the end of my first semester as a senior. This marks the near beginning of my new life outside of college. It’s funny, it has recently dawned on me that I have been in school consecutively for around fifteen years. It’s somewhat hard to imagine my life without the pressure of school and the daily monotony that was homework and assignments. What am I to do with my life after graduation? I have a few ideas and aspirations, so let’s just hope they can come true. 

My main goal during Christmas break is to work on my online portfolio and get ready for a slew of job applications and interviews. Definitely looking forward to those… I recently began thinking about the statistics surrounding the number of students who graduate without having found employment. Through research, I found that an average of around ‘half of recent graduates’ have a hard time finding work right out of college. Admittedly, this unnerved me to a point of slight paranoia. I’ve been researching possible career choices for my area (game development) and have found that there are a few job requirements that, even after graudating, I would not fulfill. I could potentially find an entry-level position in my field, but man, I’d hate to have to work my way up the ladder. However, a job’s a job, and I’ll be happy finding one.

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 Admission decisions

We began releasing admission decisions tonight and a lot of students are excited to be #PurdueBound.

However, not all decisions are what students were hoping for. Here’s some information to help students better understand what some of those “other” decisions mean.

Pending

A pending decision means we want to see additional information before making a final decision – typically final grades from the student’s first senior-year term or test scores from those who said they would be sitting for another SAT or ACT exam. Students can log onto their online application to see specifically what information we need before we can make a final decision.

With pending decisions, a student’s application reverts to “incomplete” until requested material is received. As with all credentials, updated transcripts must be official and new test scores must come from the testing agency. In early February, we will reevaluate pending decisions for those students who have sent us their transcripts and/or test scores.

Denied/Offer Options or Denied/Offer Reconsideration

For our highly competitive programs, we are forced to deny admission to good students whom we know could succeed at Purdue. If these students remain interested in the University and have multiple academic interests, we would like to reconsider them for another major. This is not a guarantee, but if the student contacts us soon after his or her decision is released, it is likely that he or she will be qualified for admission to another program on our West Lafayette campus. The “Offered Options” decision also allows a student to accept a spot on the waitlist for admission to their original major.

Students with one of these decisions should contact the Office of Admissions to discuss options.

Denied WL/Offer Regional Campus

Most Indiana students who are not offered admission to the West Lafayette campus will be offered admission to one of Purdue’s regional campuses or a College of Technology statewide location. These locations offer exceptional degree programs and some students who enroll at a regional location often transfer to the West Lafayette campus after a year or two.

Students who want to pursue a Purdue degree at one of the regional locations should refer to contact information in the decision letter.

Decision Letters and Status Website

Students will have access to an electronic copy of their decision letter via their online application portal within 24-48 hours of receiving a decision.

Brief descriptions of admission decisions are available online, but students should refer to their decision letters for information about next steps. In addition, Admission staff are available 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Eastern Time, M-F, to answer questions and discuss options. Our volume of calls and emails the week after decisions are released is typically quite high, but returning messages and responding to email will be among our highest priorities.

 

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agscott2010:

purdue4lyfe:

I GOT IN TO PURDUE!!!! BOILER UP!!!!!!

Congrats!!!  Welcome to the Class of 2017! You can meet some of your fellow boilermakers on twitter too -> @PurdueAdmission

agscott2010:

purdue4lyfe:

I GOT IN TO PURDUE!!!! BOILER UP!!!!!!

Congrats!!!  Welcome to the Class of 2017! You can meet some of your fellow boilermakers on twitter too -> @PurdueAdmission

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I can’t believe that I am wrapping up my first semester of my senior year! I’m not going to lie, it’s been tough. My classes have been extremely demanding (I underestimated 400-level classes when I signed up for three of them). I’ve had more group projects than ever before, which is not ever easy, but it’s certainly not a bad thing to learn to be a team player. I finished my advanced sales class, but I still have four classes remaining. I have a five-page analytical book report due Tuesday, a Consumer Behavior presentation and an Advanced Agri-Marketing presentation on Tuesday, I have a Consumer Behavior report due Thursday, a Diversity at Work final exam the following Monday, a Food & Agri-Business Strategy exam the Wednesday after that, and finally a marketing plan due that Thursday. So there is still a lot to do before I head home for winter break. It will go quickly though, I am sure. 

These pictures are just a few highlights of my seventh semester at Purdue. I went to two Purdue Convocations this year. Jack Hanna came and brought all kinds of animals - even a Cheetah! - to campus. I also went to a live recording of Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion. Both were great, very entertaining shows. Here is also a picture of me with the other interns from Purdue’s career center dressed up for Halloween when we went to a show put on by the Purdue Student Union Board. I volunteered at the Columbian Park Zoo for Boo at the Zoo and held my very first chicken and also played with some goats. Then later that evening I did face-painting for zoo attendees. And there is also a picture of a “CCN” Christmas ornament. I just became Vice President of the Collegiate Career Network. It’s a new club that is starting up next semester. To kick off the organization, we made this ornament which will be hung on the tree that goes in Purdue Memorial Union for the holidays. I can’t wait to see it up there with all the other organizations’ ornaments!

I’m enjoying Purdue so much! Challenging, but rewarding. 

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