Summer classes just started and the campus looks beautiful! This is my first summer at Purdue and it is wonderful to see the campus so alive and vibrant. Everyday people are outside enjoying the great features that the campus has to offer. Groups of friends gather for daily yoga sessions outside, young kids and students cool off in the fountains, and there is even an ice cream cart parked by the bell tower!
I would highly recommend the farmers market between Wetherill and Stanley Coulter to everyone! I had a fantastic brat there today and I will definitely be going back next Thursday for lunch.
I hope everyone is having a great summer! Boiler Up!
-Charissa Nichols, Junior, Brain and Behavioral Sciences
Usually when a dentist recommends braces, it is not only to help create a new smile but to also improve your overall health! Crooked teeth or malocclusion affects 74% of American adults! If left untreated, crooked teeth can cause stress on your gums and jaw. This can lead to GINGIVITIS (cue thunder and scary music!) and periodontitis. Additionally, crooked teeth can create abnormal amounts of stress in your teeth and jaws over time. Crooked teeth can affect your bite, creating unnatural stress and pressure leading to premature wear. A ‘bad bite’, can create some distressing pain in your jaw line, ear and even give you head aches!
Healthy, straight teeth will last a lot longer and you are likely to need less costly dental care in the future. With crooked teeth, your gum line begins to develop periodontal pockets making it harder to remove plaque and bacteria. Bacteria that is not properly removed will multiply and eventually trigger periodontal disease. If left untreated, this will lead to chronic infection and possibly tooth loss. Bacteria from these infections can invade your blood vessels and damage cells that line your coronary arteries, increasing your risk of heart disease and stroke.
Now remember that no one has perfectly straight teeth. And unless you have an excessive overbite or deepbite, you don’t need to worry about developing gum disease from your slightly ‘crooked’ teeth. But remember that problems in the oral cavity are best treated in the early stages. If you think you may need orthodontics, don’t hesitate to ask your dentist at your next visit!
By the way, have you scheduled your 6 month checkup yet?
–Mike Schwuchow, Junior, Pre-Dentistry
Lately, being a Purdue student has just made me smile. I’ve been studying abroad this past semester in Ireland. I was given the opportunity with our semester share program. I had many opportunities to travel to amazing places, such as the cliffs where parts of Harry Potter were filmed, and where there had been battles fought in Austria. One of the things that made me smile the biggest (other than my amazing friends I have met over there) was each time I would travel with my Purdue shirt on. In airports and on the side of the cliffs, I heard “Hey Purdue!”. It was usually previous graduates who were exploring during time off from grad school or who were working in Europe. I had an instant connection with people, and Purdue gave me that chance. The greatest moment was when an IU grad had approached me. We had laughs about school rivalry and chatted over how beneficial going to our schools have helped us out.
All in all it was an awe inspiring experience. I know many more adventures are sure to come, and I can’t wait to see what is in store for me next.
– John Oswalt, Senior, Dietetics/Nutrition, Fitness, and Health
This weekend my family and I rode our bikes to one of my favorite locations in Greater Lafayette, the Historic Downtown Farmer’s Market. The market first began in 1839 and is now the oldest continuously running outdoor market in the state of Indiana. It is a bustling, colorful event which offers the finest and freshest seasonal produce, potted herbs, flowers and vegetable starts, an assortment of breads and baked goodies, handmade soaps and jewelry, hot food and drinks to go, and live musical entertainment. The market is a social event as much as a place to shop, and is all around a fun and friendly place. I highly recommend everyone who has an opportunity to do so goes to one; you will be hooked!
The downtown market pictured here is on Main and 5th Streets in Lafayette and runs from 7:30 to 12:30 Saturday mornings, but there are 2 other markets in Greater Lafayette to visit as well! One is right on Purdue’s campus from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays, and another is at Cumberland Park (north of campus a ways) from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. They all run from May through October, so even if you don’t spend the summers in Lafayette you can still catch a number of them after classes start.
–Erin McConnell, Junior, Psychological Sciences
It’s so good to be back home in Greentown, Indiana for the summer and to be starting my new summer job at Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt in Kokomo, Indiana. While working a summer job, I am also taking a Kaplan prep class for the GRE and I will be taking the GRE at the beginning of July to start off my graduate school process. It seems crazy that this is my last summer before I graduate with my Bachelor’s Degree in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences. Where has the time gone? I’m looking forward to being at home for the summer and making some summer cash. I’ll be looking forward to my coming back to Purdue in August to finish out my senior year. Have a great summer everyone!
– Courtney Wisher, Senior, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
It’s so nice to be home with family and friends since summer has started! As always though, I am keeping very busy. I currently have 2 jobs, babysitting and working at a local country club, and I am taking a summer class at IUPUI. I am studying microbiology
Staph aureus on a plate of auger that I got to take a look at.
on Monday and Wednesday which is proving to be pretty interesting! The class is a little more difficult than I had expected, but I don’t think it is anything I can’t handle. Tomorrow is my first exam so I have to hit the books tonight! However, as much as I am enjoying my time at IUPUI, I can’t help but miss Purdue. Commuting downtown is definitely a little more difficult than being on campus in West Lafayette, and I miss the beautiful campus and historic buildings. However, I am going to take advantage of IUPUI’s beautiful campus while I am there and enjoy it; the fall will be here before I know it and I’ll be back at Purdue!
– Holly Hepworth, Sophomore, Nursing
Well freshman year is over; I think I’m still in shock! It was challenging and wonderful all at the same time. Summer was a welcome change, although because my parents moved in December, my “home” isn’t the home I grew up in (Green Bay, WI to Sioux City, IA). My parents are determined to make the most of the time we have as a family though, and we have already accomplished a lot. We’ve checked out a few local Iowa favorite restaurants, gone to state parks, and explored nearby cities like Omaha. Last weekend my dad and I went on a daddy/daughter trip to visit my grandma, who lives in New Jersey. My parents are both from Jersey, I was born there and we still have family there. Unfortunately, my uncles beach house was damaged from Hurricane Sandy. We went to see the wreckage and see the Seaside Boardwalk, a place I’ve grown up going to nearly every summer. It was amazing how much work is still left to clean up the damage. The rollercoaster on the boardwalk was completely gone!
Bright spot: my favorite salt-water taffy shop was open for business. We also took a trip into New York City, which is about an hour or so from my grandma’s house. The weather was awesome and we had a great day. As much as I miss Purdue it has been so nice to be back with my parents for the summer and to give my brain a rest! Coming up for the rest of the summer: observation hours at a Physical Therapy clinic, a visit to my friends in Green Bay and a family vacation to South Carolina. Enjoy your summer and Boiler Up!
– Rachel Mentzel, Sophomore, Movement and Sport Sciences
It’s hard to believe that a year ago I had no idea what was in store for me at Purdue University. My freshman year has truly been a journey. I have acquired valuable friendships, priceless memories, exciting new experiences, and above all, insightful life lessons. I can honestly say it’s been the best year of my life.
I never truly understood the phrase “only half of college is taught in the classroom” until I came to Purdue. In high school, I was very involved in extracurricular activities where I could embrace my leadership skills and make a difference. When I first arrived on campus, I was afraid that at such a large university, I would not have the opportunity to be involved like I had in the past. I can remember writing my first resume thinking, “I have nothing to put on this except my high school activities!” It was this realization that motivated me to seek out opportunities for involvement on campus, particularly in the College of Health and Human Sciences. During my search, I happened to come across a callout for “Career Conference Hosts.” Unsure of what this was, I decided to attend the meeting to see what it was all about. This ended up being one of the best decisions I ever made. I came to find that “hosts” are responsible for working the Consumer Sciences and Retailing Career Conference, where they assist company representatives throughout the event. This immediately struck me as a valuable networking opportunity, and also a way to improve my professional skills. I applied, interviewed, and was selected to participate as a host. As a Retail Management student, I was incredibly excited to interact with the retail companies attending the conference. I ended up hosting one of my favorite stores, Von Maur, through which I made a valuable connection. Participating in this conference gave me the exposure I needed to become more visible in my college, and also to build my professionalism and confidence in a formal environment.
The Career Conference inspired me to pursue other leadership opportunities on campus as well. I was no longer intimidated by challenging goals at a large university, and I began applying for positions that may have overwhelmed me before. I was selected to be a Boiler Gold Rush Team Leader for Boiler Gold Rush 2013 after an intense interviewing process. I was also selected as Health and Human Sciences Ambassador and chosen as the Social/Fundraising Coordinator for Purdue Retail Organization. All of these things are valuable tools for growth both professionally and personally. Freshman year is a learning experience like no other, and if there is one lesson I have learned, it is to embrace the unknown and not be afraid of failure. Purdue values talent, and there are countless opportunities to improve it and showcase it. It is never too early to make your mark. Don’t wait. Your journey starts now.
– Christy Joehl, Sophomore, Retail Management
I would like to start off by introducing myself. My name is Mike Schwuchow and I am one of the new student ambassadors in the College of Health & Human Sciences. I will be a junior going into the 2013-2014 academic year, majoring in Health Science/ Pre-Dentistry. Yeah, that’s right, DENTISTRY! I say that because whenever I tell someone I want to be a dentist, they look at me like I’m crazy and usually reply “Why?? I HATE THE DENTIST!”. Or “Everyone is going to hate you!”. I always smile and nod my head. The sad truth is, those people are right!
A very large size of our population do not enjoy going to the dentist office. I know this fact, first hand! This summer I am working as a dental assistant in Crown Point, Indiana. I am constantly exposed to people who come into the office, literally fearing for their life. Someone really helped me understand why people hate the dentist. There was an elderly woman who came into the dentist office last week to get some minor procedures done. I couldn’t help but notice how happy she was to be there. I just had to meet this lady! I introduced myself and told her I was going into dentistry. She about fell off her seat in excitement. She finally explained to me why she was so happy. She said, “Going to the dentist office used to be a very scary thing! They didn’t have the right tools, technology, and even lacked Novocaine. That’s why there is such a bad stigma about dentists! But now I love going to the dentist; it’s virtually pain-free. Don’t worry, people will eventually catch on and start liking the dentist”.
So there is hope! That lady’s little spark of light, inspired me about the future of dentistry. Perhaps one day, there will be more people like the lady I met, who enjoy going to the dentist office. Maybe I’m aiming a bit high, but there is nothing wrong with a little optimism. In the meantime, I will continue to spread my passion about dentistry, The College of Health and Human Sciences, and Purdue University.
– Mike Schwuchow, Junior, Pre-Dentistry
The end of the semester is quickly approachnig and I had the chance to attend Purdue’s first ever LIFE IN COLOR concert through the Student Concert Committee & Purdue Convocations. LIVE IN COLOR has replaced Day Glow and consisted of a giant paint party with high energy music that featured David Solano, Milk & Cookies and Krewella. It was my first ever paint concert and it was awesome! I’m so glad I had the chance to attend this amazing event and it was a great end to the spring semester.
– Courtney Wisher, Junior, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences