Fall into a Season of Celebration

FallThe halfway point in the semester is a busy time of year for everyone. I have had my fair share of midterms, quizzes, reports, and group projects, and I know many students are in the same boat! Sometimes I think that it is easy to get caught up in the business of school and forget to take time to celebrate and enjoy life for what it is.

However, the good news is that fall is here! I cannot get over how beautiful the leaves are, how delicious each glass of apple cider is, and what it feels like to be cold again. I am from Arizona, so my perception of fall is very different than what it is “actually” like. The temperature this time of year in Arizona is still around 90 degrees and the trees don’t change color (or if they do, it’s usually not until November). Some days I needed to bake some pumpkin bread or force myself to wear a sweater just to convince myself that it was actually fall! Experiencing fall in Indiana has been such a pleasure, and I have been able to take full advantage of the season by going to a corn maze, drinking fresh apple cider, and carving a pumpkin that I picked from the patch myself.

One of my favorite fall memories has been going to an apple orchard for the first time. I went to the orchard with a group of fellow honors students to collect apples to donate to Food Finders and use in the dining courts.  I enjoyed picking the apples with my classmates, and it felt even better knowing that we were serving the community. The owners of the orchard were kind enough to let us take some home, and they were delicious!

Fall in Indiana is much different than what I experience at home, and this has made me really appreciate the unique beauty of the season. Even though this point of the semester is very busy, I think it is important that we all take time and celebrate the little things in life, and what better way to do that than with fresh apples and a piece of pumpkin pie?

– Lindy Schubring, Sophomore, Hospitality and Tourism Management

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Purdue Keeps Me Busy 24/7!

I can’t believe I am sitting here on the couch on fall break of my junior year already. This semester has been busyoff to a great start. My current classes are very interesting and I look forward to the rest of the semester, everything besides the tests that is. My Wednesday night class on non-profit organization is one of my favorite classes I have taken at Purdue. It helps to bring real life into the classroom. Being involved as an HHS Ambassador has been a great experience. I have had the privilege of talking to high school students, counselors, and alumni in our college. My favorite part of being an ambassador so far is all the wonderful people I have met through it: peers, Purdue employees, and potential students. My cooperative house has kept me busy these past few months, from barn dance to president duties to coming together to save Devonshire Cooperative. Purdue keeps me busy 24/7 and I wouldn’t want it any other way! I look forward to what the rest of the semester has to bring.

Thanks for reading.

Boiler Up!

Rachael Wetli, Junior, Human Services

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Great Kick Off To Fall – Just Down The Road From Purdue

Feast 1This past weekend was the annual Feast of the Hunter’s Moon, an event at the old French trading post, Fort Ouiatenon, just a few miles southwest of Purdue on the banks of the Wabash River. The Feast is a reenactment of the French and Indian fur trade that took place there annually in the 1700s. It is a really fun event, with music, food, jugglers, and lots of amazing handmade crafts. This year it was really Feast 2cold, but we bundled up, and got some good hot apple cider and bean stew to keep us going. It’s a fun way to learn some of the history of the area, and to support some of the community groups that use it as a fundraising opportunity. It is a great kick off to fall, and definitely something that every Boilermaker should experience!

-Erin McConnell, Senior, Psychological Sciences

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Impact Through Boiler Gold Rush

BGR 1Purdue’s new student orientation is called Boiler Gold Rush and this fall I was a Team Leader where I taught new students about the traditions and ins and outs on Purdue’s campus. I formed amazingBGR 2 relationships with my new students and created memories that will last forever. It was an amazing feeling to know I was one of the first people to impact them at the University and guide them through some of their first experiences in college.

– Kayla L. Sandt, Sophomore, Apparel Design and Technology

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Studying at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York

FIT 1This year, I am a transfer student studying Fashion Merchandising Management at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. It is amazing to learn about fashion in the heart of the fashion capitol from industry professionals. When my roommates and I are not in class, we spend our time exploring the city eating delicious food and meeting new people. On the weekends, I also work in the handbag department at Macy’s Herald Square. I would eventually like to become a buyer for Macy’s, so I see this as a getting one step closer to my dream job. It is incredible how much I FIT 2have learned, especially about myself, in the short time I have been here and although I miss Purdue, my friends, and my family I know that living in New York City will be life changing.

Este ano, estoy estudiando Mercancia de Moda en el Instituto de Tecnologia de Moda en Nueva York. Es impresionante aprender de moda en la capital mundial de moda de profesionales de la industria. Cuando mis companeras de cuarto y yo no estamos en clase, nosotras pasamos nuestro tiempo explorarndo le ciudad comiendo comida deliciosa y conociendo gente nueva. En los fines de semana, trabajo en el departamento de bolsas de mano en Macy’s Herald Square. En el futuro quisera ser compradora para Macy’s, asi que pienso que este trabajo me puede ayudar realizar este sueno. Es increible cuanto he aprendido, especialmente de mi, en el poco tiempo que he estado aqui y aunque extrano a Purdue, mis amigos, y mi familia se que viviendo en Nueva York cambiara mi vida.

– Sarah Miramontes, Senior, Retail Management

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Update on September Clinicals

Clinicals 1I promised you all an update on clinicals in my September blog and I can’t believe another month has gone by! It’s been an exciting month of practicing old skills, honing current skills and learning new ones. In sophomore clinicals we learned about IVs, catheters and wound care, but rather than learning these skills on patients we learned them on mannequins. This year I have gotten to provide all of this care to my patients. It was definitely nerve-wracking doing these procedures for the first time on my patients but like all things the anxiety decreased after the first time. My instructor was very helpful, giving me both constructive and positive feedback after each skill. The main change I’ve noticed in myself this month is confidence. I have grown more confident in approaching new procedures, interacting with patients and planning my time in clinicals. Last year I was so nervous about clinical days I would wake up almost every hour the night before clinicals. I don’t worry as much now. I can sleep through most of the night, walk into the hospital each Wednesday excited and confidently plan and coordinate my patient’s care. Not everything goes perfectly but there’s a mutual understanding that we’re all learning and the staff, patients and instructors have been very understanding.

On a different note, it’s gotten so much colder these past couple weeks I’ve started to wear my lab coat to clinicals, as you can see in this picture. At 6:30 in the morning it sure is FREEZING!

– Laura Mangan, Junior, Nursing

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Raise Your Sleeve And Save A Life

blood donationThe first month of school has been very busy. With the first round of exams going on, I decided to find a way to give back. I decided to donate blood to the Indiana Blood Center. According to the Indiana blood center website, they need to see at least five hundred and fifty people per day to supply enough blood for more than sixty hospitals. I was happy to be one of the donors for the day.

When I first arrived at the blood donation vehicle I had mixed emotions. I felt nervous for how I may feel after I donate. Would I feel ill? Will I be able to go to the rest of my classes? Over all the nerves, I decided to continue and donate. Once you sign in and give them your information, you need to do a blood screening. This ensures that you are healthy enough to donate blood that day. Once I passed the screening process I was ready to wait my turn to donate blood.

One of the major benefits of being left handed, the right arm blood donation chair is usually always open so I went right up. The Indiana Blood Center employee explained each step as she was cleaning my arm and inserted the needle. The employee was so funny and cracking jokes, I did not feel a thing. Once I finished my liter of blood, I was all set to relax, eat snacks, and continue for the rest of my day.

Overall it was a great experience and I am very lucky to able to donate to such a great cause. This experience made me want to continue giving blood whenever I can. All I need to do is “raise my sleeve” and I will save lives.

–Sara Loerch, Sophomore, Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

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Bump, Set, SPIKE!

volleyball 1I had a GREAT time at the Purdue vs. Notre Dame volleyball game on Saturday September 20th! The game was played in Mackey Arena and the best part, it was free for students! It was awesome to see all of the spectators fill up the gym and to be a part of all the high energy cheering. volleyball 2The Boilermakers swept Notre Dame in three sets, and the crowd went wild! Watching a few players like Kiki Jones, Val Nichol, Annie Drews, and the other girls tear up thecourt is an experience that all students on campus should make a point to participate in. Their next couple games are September 26th and 27th against Michigan and Michigan State respectively here in good ole West Lafayette. What a great time to support Purdue’s #11 ranked volleyball team. Keep up the great work Lady Boilermakers!

Boiler Up!!

Stacia Braden, Sophomore, Speech Language and Hearing Sciences

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Friendships Made Through Boiler Gold Rush

september blogWell the fall semester is in full swing, and going through the motions of school again has taken some getting used to. The beginning of the school year was a little different for me this time around. I was fortunate enough to have been a Boiler Gold Rush (BGR) Team Leader, and it was the most amazing organization to have been a part of.

BGR was different in many ways this year. It was a week long instead of 3 days, and there were many informational classes that the students and team leaders attended. Now, for the Team Leaders,  everything started the Thursday before BGR started. Training was an all day affair and within my  group and my buddy’s group, everyone got closer and loved being around each other.

september blog 2Move in was Saturday and Sunday. Saturday was extremely hectic and stressful because the amount of students moving into Shreve Hall was more than any other hall, but we made it! Sunday before we met our students every single Team Leader was extremely nervous. We wanted our students to love us and enjoy all the events that were planned. When we finally met our students, fears were beginning to subside and I found that I was really enjoying my role as a Team Leader. I loved the BGR program and wanted my students to as well!

The week went on and the new students engaged in the traditions of becoming Purdue students. They crossed the tracks, they learned about the clapping circles, as well as the meaning behind the unfinished block P. There were days when it was incredibly hot outside, but my students seemed to really enjoy just being on the campus! We were all incredibly tired, especially the Team Leaders but the students’ enthusiasm really helped us get through the week!

september blog 3Sunday came very quickly, and that meant closing ceremonies and the end of BGR 2014. My fellow Team Leaders and I were extremely saddened by this fact. We had been training since April and then all of a sudden the adventure is coming to an end. The Love Doctor made his appearance once again and had the crowd in Elliot roaring with laughter. He answered students’ questions, and when he was done a slideshow of the week started to roll. All the students had their own unique experiences with BGR and showing the slideshow really allowed everyone to experience BGR all over again.

Hopefully, I was able to prepare my students for what college might be like. Everyone does college differently, but hopefully they can survive their first year with the friendships that they built during BGR. I know that I have made incredible friendships with my Team Leader group and my buddy group. Sunday September 14th, we had our annual BGR Appreciation Banquet and just being together as a group again felt wonderful. Some of us will go on to becoming BGR Supervisors and some of us won’t, but the friendships that BGR has given me are something I will never forget.

– Marguerite Lamborn, Junior, Psychological Sciences

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CCO Recipe for Success

Career development is a vital part of the college experience that students can tend to under value. I highly encourage every Purdue student, whether they are a freshman or senior, to take advantage of the incredible opportunities the university has put forth to enhance their future career opportunities.

Everything from resume critiques to career fairs, and workshops are offered and ready to be utilized. Personally, I have had nothing but great experiences with Purdue’s Career Center for Opportunity (CCO). Last weekend, before the career fairs hit heavy, I got my resume critiqued. The CCO transformed it into an appealing work tailoring it to what recruiters would be looking for specifically. They also offer mock interviews to prepare you for the tough questions and shake off the nerves before encountering recruiters. I would encourage all students, whether seeking employment or not, to go and take advantage of these services!

I have no doubt this aided my success at the fair. A smile, good handshake, and fabulous resume go a long way. The CCO will help take you from a student to an employee in no time!

– Emma Olson, Sophomore, Consumer Science – Retail Management

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