Hi Everyone! I can’t believe I am in the last stretch of my junior year! It’s crazy to think I’ll be graduating in just ONE semester. I still feel like a fifteen year old so it’s weird to think of myself in the the REAL world. Ahh! Let me fill you in on this semester. I expected my schedule to be really intense and busy because I was taking seventeen credit hours but to my relief, it has actually been one of my most relaxing semesters thus far! I’ve been working at the Miller Laboratory School, right across from Earhart Hall, for about a year now but my schedule has been so busy that I haven’t been able to do many hours. Since my schedule is really relaxed this semester, I decided to take on a few more shifts at work to make a few extra bucks. I’ve always loved working with kids so I absolutely love my job. I get paid to run around and play with kids all day. How much better could it get? : ) I work so often that the kids finally know my name! I know it’s really not that big of deal but it makes me so happy! The extra money has been really nice too, although, I think 90% of it has gone towards Chipotle and Red Mango. (I should probably start saving up sometime soon…) I would definitely recommend students having a job. I’ve found that the busier that I am, the better I do in school. I know that sounds bizarre, but the more free time I have, the more I procrastinate. When I’m busy, I’m so much more productive with my time and actually get work DONE. Also, having a job you actually enjoy makes it so much easier to want to work. I always count on going to work as my escape from the stress of school. Sometimes I get so tied up with classes and exams that it’s nice to just let loose and play duck duck goose with kids.
As far as summer plans, I’m not 100 percent certain what I’m doing. I have my apartment for the rest of the summer so I may stay at Purdue and work at the daycare or go home and find a job there. All I know is that I definitely want to travel! One of my really good friends is from Puerto Rico so I’m really hoping I can visit her sometime this summer. My plan is to save up enough money in the beginning of the summer so I can visit sometime in August! Other than my traveling plans, I will be studying for the GRE, shadowing a speech pathologist and of course, spending time with my family.
– Serina Thottichira, Junior, Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
The Purdue Annual Fashion Show was so exciting for me this year, it was my first year putting garments on the runway and it was very rewarding to see all my late nights in the lab and all the stress of getting pieces perfect finally pay off. Ever since I was in the fourth grade I wanted to become a fashion designer and this year was the first time I felt that I could finally call myself a real designer. It felt pretty unreal to see something I created actually come to life; and this has been one of the best things that has ever happen to me thus far. This year I had the responsibility of telling the models when to go on stage and communicating with the DJ to “Q” the music. Even though I wasn’t able to go out and watch the show I had a rewarding time backstage and felt honored to be given this position by my two professors. Since I am a sophomore I was required to make two looks, but I also wanted to make my own outfit for the show. So for my first outfit I created a crop top and high-waisted shorts in the same lining material and a very beautiful printed kimono to go on top. For my second outfit I created a baby-doll dress with a pleather bodice and a chiffon skirt and a black and white stripe bandeau to go underneath. And for my outfit I created a strapless sweater top, silky high-waisted pants and a kimono as well. I love working with black because I feel the color is sliming, complements every skin tone, and is very sophisticated. I also consider myself to be a minimalist with my designs; I prefer to have simple silhouettes, but experiment with a variety of textiles. I already have a thousand more ideas for what I would like to create for the next fashion show and can’t wait until then!
– Sierra Powell, Sophomore, Apparel Design and Technology
Being an ambassador for the College of Health & Human Sciences has provided me with rewarding networking opportunities and one event that I particularly enjoy volunteering with is the annual HHS Alumni Board Luncheon. I’ve met outstanding alumni that have accomplished great work in the field of health and human sciences. In particular, I’ve even met the donor of a scholarship that I received when I graduated high school. Dr. John Knote (’59) is distinguished alum in our college and he actually graduated from my high school. He and his family donate a scholarship each year in honor of his mother who was a school teacher for many years at Eastern High School in Greentown, Indiana. Currently, he is a radiologist in Indianapolis and serves on the Purdue Alumni Board of Directors. Another interesting fact was that he was Purdue Pete during his time at Purdue in 1959.
Ever grateful, ever true!
– Courtney Wisher, Senior, Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
After being back at school and having a couple weeks to get back in the swing of things, I would definitely say my most eventful part of March was spring break. My roommate is studying abroad in Madrid, Spain for the semester and I was fortunate enough to go visit her! Since I was only there for about a week, it was definitely a lot of traveling to try to squeeze everything in, but it was well worth it. When I departed for Spain, I ended up traveling for about 24 hours because once I got to Madrid we immediately left for our trip to Morocco. So to say I was exhausted once I got to Morocco is an understatement! But I rested up and started traveling immediately the next day. Morocco had some of the prettiest blue I’ve ever seen in my life. From the painted walls in the town, to the color of the water, it was mesmerizing. I also got to take some selfies with a camel, which I thought was pretty exciting! After the amazing weekend in Morocco we traveled back to Madrid. In Madrid I got to eat some amazing food, experience the night life, do some shopping, go to a Real Madrid soccer game, and eat some more food. Seriously the food and sangria were AMAZING. We also traveled to a city called Valencia for a festival called Las Fallas. That was also a pretty awesome experience. We spent the afternoon on the beach just eating and soaking everything in. For the festival, the people in this city spend an entire year building figures as tall as apartment complexes. The figures are usually humorous or mocking politics, celebrities or cultural events. The city chooses the best one and keeps it on display in a museum. Then at midnight there is a fireworks show and they burn the rest of these figures down! It was definitely a site to see. Having to leave Madrid and know I was coming back to school was heart breaking, but I am so grateful for the experience I had. Since I am a nursing student, I am not able to study abroad for a semester. However, I take chances to travel like that whenever I can! My biggest piece of advice for anyone that does have the opportunity to study abroad is to do everything possible to make sure it happens. It will give you an education that no school will ever have the ability to teach you. I guarantee it will be one of the best times of your life. I plan to do at least one study abroad program for nursing, whether it’s over spring break or in the summer. After this spring break I have definitely become a travel junkie and can’t wait to check more places off my list!
– Smaro Spandonidis, Junior, Nursing
This semester has been a crazy one to say the least; with homework, exams, projects, and extracurricular activities, I’m definitely staying busy in my last semester here at Purdue! With spring semester comes many new activities and events to look forward to on campus; one of those events that pertain to my life that I’m particularly excited about is graduation! Graduation became more real to me when I purchased my cap and gown yesterday. With all this talk about getting tickets, ordering the cap and gown, getting information for the ceremony in May just makes me more excited to walk across that stage and earn my Bachelor’s degree that I’ve worked so hard for the last 4 years. It seems crazy to me that graduation will be taking place in just eight weeks! It seems like just yesterday that I was starting my first day as an official Boilermaker. Needless to say these last few weeks, though filled with many exams and projects, will definitely be made memorable for me here at Purdue. I wouldn’t trade my time or memories here for anything! I’m still so proud to say I’m a Boilermaker and I will be even more proud to say I am an Alum!
–Alyssa Major, Senior, Psychological Sciences
Hi everyone! So this year for Spring break I went to a road trip to the wild, wild west – Wyoming – with some church friends to do some church ministry and skiing in the mountains! It was definitely an atypical trip for spring break considering its location, but it was a blast. Here’s me up on the slope enjoying the ski view!
– Anna Lok, Senior, Nursing
I’m finishing up my Sophomore year and am ready to begin my Junior year. But wait…summer is approaching before Junior year and I don’t want to stop being involved with my major. Luckily, I’ve already started making my summer plans. First, I will continue to shadow a speech pathologist back at home. That means that I will get to observe and interact with kids between the ages of 4-6 years old and I couldn’t be any happier! Secondly, I’m taking a summer class at a community college to keep my brain pumping. And finally, I have just submitted my job application to be a camp counselor for kids that have disabilities. I will be one busy bee this summer, but I am looking forward to all of it!
– Paayal Surani, Sophomore, Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
For the past few months I have been delivering meals once a week for Meals on Wheels. I started at the beginning of January after I noticed a callout for volunteers in the Journal and Courier. I called, went for a training run, and was hooked! It only takes me one hour to deliver meals to about a dozen people who otherwise would have trouble accessing food for one reason or another, and knowing that I am making a positive difference in people’s lives in this way is extremely rewarding. Both the people who I volunteer with and the people I deliver to are among the friendliest I know, and I look forward to my Wednesday morning route every week! The Journal and Courier actually wrote an article this past month about Meals on Wheels, urging for more volunteers. They interviewed me, and I was more than happy to help publicize such a worthy cause. You can check it out here:
By being a volunteer, I am no exception in the Purdue community; every one of my friends at Purdue volunteers, or donates a good portion of their time to causes that they care about. Community volunteering is one of the things that most clubs at Purdue focus on as well, so as a member of a club you will likely be invited to go with a group of students to do any number of activities, for example winterizing elderly people’s homes, or planting drainage enhancing rain-gardens in runoff areas. And if you are still looking for the right place to donate your time and skills, the Boiler Volunteer Network is an organization on campus that helps to pair potential volunteers with community opportunities. So, go help out, Boiler up, and have a happy spring!
– Erin McConnell, Senior, Psychological Sciences
This past week was my last spring break as an undergraduate. Though I didn’t go anywhere unique or remotely tropical, I had an amazing time enjoying my last break. Gone are the days of sleeping in until noon and watching TV all day for a week straight. Before my “relaxation vacation,” I went into Chicago to visit a friend who is doing an internship in the city. It was perfect timing for the St. Patrick’s Day festivities. It’s a tradition in Chicago to dye the river green before a huge parade through Grant Park. I have never gone before, so it was awesome to see the whole city turn green. Literally! My train was packed headed into the city with extraordinarily dressed people, and I felt severely under dressed with only my green scarf. Once I got into the city there was a long time to wait between the river dyeing and parade. Luckily though, the weather was perfect 40-some degrees. My friend and I explored downtown trying to find any Irish place that wasn’t ridiculously crowded (an impossible task). However, I got to finally try Sprinkles Cupcakes! We shared an Irish Chocolate Cream cupcake on our walk back to the parade. St. Patrick’s Day was a great way to start off my break, and turned out to be the highlight of it. Now, back to the study grind for the last 6 weeks of classes!
– Mary Jacobs, Senior, Nursing
This year for spring break I didn’t go to a beach, or go on a cruise, or even go home. Instead I spent the week doing community service in Atlanta, GA. I went with a group of students through Timmy Global Health, an organization I’m involved with on campus. We stayed at a church with students from University of Kentucky and each day we would go off to do different service projects at different places throughout the city. We were set up with different projects through an organization called DOOR Atlanta. A few of my favorites were working with Global Soaps and MedShare. Global Soaps was an organization that collected the left over soaps from hotels and re-purposed them into new bars of soap to be sent over to third world countries to help prevent diseases caused by contaminated water. I cut the long logs of soap formed throughout the process into 4 oz. bars and then boxed them up to be sent overseas. I really liked how they had a two-fold mission: to help others and to recycle perfectly good soap! MedShare was also an organization that helped recycle. They send medical equipment to doctors in countries that do not have access to it. If a box of medical supplies is cosmetically damaged, meaning it gets too dented or there is a hole, usually all of that equipment is sent to a landfill. But MedShare steps in and repackages it and sends it to places that really need it. MedShare inventories all of their available supplies and doctors can go online and “shop” for what they need to be sent over. I think that they are doing an awesome thing, and it was very cool to help out there. We were repackaging supplies, and so we opened up the dented boxes, counted the amount of supplies inside and re-boxed it to be inventoried. We also got to do some fun activities when we weren’t volunteering, like going to the World Of Coke museum, hiking up Stone Mountain and seeing Centennial Park where the Olympics were held. All in all it was a rewarding and fun trip and I’m really glad I went! My next goal is to do some type of service outside of the country, hopefully medically related during my time at Purdue. As always, Boiler Up!
– Rachel Mentzel, Sophomore, Movement and Sport Sciences