2014 Crossroads Conference

CrossroadsMan! Where has the semester gone?! October is almost over, but there have been so many great opportunities available here on campus. Earlier this week I was able to volunteer at the 2014 Crossroads Conference here at Purdue throughout my involvement with the National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association (NSSLHA). This conference draws speech, language, and hearing professionals, speakers, and guests from across the nation and was such a great networking opportunity! I had the privilege of hosting Jamy Claire Archer, one of our speakers from the University of South Carolina, who gave a fantastic presentation titled “AVT, TC, ASL, Oh My! Navigating the Alphabet Sea and Technology Jungle of Hearing Loss.” She had very interesting information to share about her experiences teaching graduate students at the university, as well as information on her personal case load which deals primarily with children. Hearing her presentation gave me another outlook of what those who major in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences can do after graduation, as I greatly enjoy learning about the growing flexibility of job opportunities within this major. Thank you Jamy Claire Archer for coming to Purdue and expressing your passion for speech pathology, you definitely inspired me!

– Stacia Braden, Sophomore, Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

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Creepy Classics at Purdue University

One of my fondest memories of when I was young was dressing up for Halloween. This year I was able to do two things I love. On October 26th, Purdue Universities Wind Ensemble played a “Creepy Classics” concert for the children in the community. The entire Haloweenensemble, including our director, dressed up for the occasion. It was a very different environment than our usual formal attire.

The concert went well playing different pieces that the children enjoyed. The favorite song for most of the children was when we played a medley from the Disney movie “Frozen.” It was hard to concentrate on my music when the children were belting out “Let it Go” at the top of their lungs.

The concert also included a costume parade. As the band played, the children lined up to go across the stage and show off their costumes. In a word, it was… Adorable. It is so fun to see the creativity of the costumes that I would have never have thought of when I was younger.

Overall, playing in this concert was a great way to spread some Halloween spirit as well as also encourage the children to try playing instruments when they get older. I love being a part of Purdue Bands and Orchestras and I am so happy that I had the opportunity to play in this concert.

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

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Opportunities at Purdue

Wow, we’re already almost eight weeks into school! CRAZY! It’s been so great, although, I am very ready for a break. Fall break will be a much-needed break from the everyday chaos of campus.

September has been a month of a lot of personal and professional development. Along with September comes career fair season! This was my first career fair, so I wanted to be sure I was adequately prepared. Shell Oil sponsored a networking event, where Shell representatives gave a presentation on how to “work a room.” We also had the opportunity to meet representatives from companies looking for consumer science students to hire. There, I met two recruiters from Ross Stores, and they gave me some awesome tips for my resume, and we had a really great conversation during the event, and I was even able to connect with them again at the School of Management Employers Forum (SMEF) Career Fair.

Going to career fairs was so beneficial. This was the first time I ever went to a career fair, so it was very nerve wracking. One of the biggest tips I have for anyone going to a career fair for the first time is to go to a career fair that isn’t as relevant to your major before one made for your major. Essentially, get your nerves out during a practice round at a career fair where you aren’t actively looking for a job. I went to the SMEF Career Fair before I went to the Consumer Science (CSR) Career Fair. At SMEF, I was able to practice approaching recruiters and saying my elevator pitch and get those nerves out of the way. Then, at CSR the next day, I was confident in approaching companies and telling them about myself.

It was really neat to sCareer Fair 2ee aCareer Fair 1ll of the career options there were for students at Purdue, and definitely reassured me that I was in the right place.

BUT, don’t think that all I did in September was job search! Purdue offered an amazing non-academic opportunity – free concert!!! Walk the Moon performed at Slayter Hill, and it was awesome. They are a great band, and so good live! It was so much fun to forget about studying for a while and enjoy some great music.

– Ally Ylo, Sophomore, Financial Counseling and Planning

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Study Abroad in Madrid, Spain

As we reach the halfway mark of this fall semester we are all starting to receive emails from advisors about scheduling appointments to discuss classes for next semester. Amazing! Where has the time gone? I have already had my meeting with my advisor and before I left she handed me graduation papers and said that was our last meeting! I can hardly believe it, being a senior is great but also scary thinking that this time next year I will be in graduate school.

But looking back at my time here so far, I have an incredible experience. I think the key to this is really getting involved on campus, whether through clubs, greek life, a campus job, or taking advantage of our many opportunities to study abroad.

Last week I was able to bring a visiting student to my Children’s Development In Cross-Cultural Perspective class (Psyc 368) and she asked a lot of questions about classes and then mentioned she was interested in minoring in Spanish. So because I too am minoring in Spanish I started talking to her about all the different courses I have taken, the many opportunities there are to practice the language here on campus, and my study abroad experience.

study abroad 1This past summer I spent 7 weeks in Madrid, Spain. I stayed with a wonderful host family and also took classes study abroad 2Monday-Thursday with excursions on Fridays. The courses I took were all taught in Spanish by professors at the University of Nebrija (where we studied). The courses were interesting, but I loved getting out of the classroom and going out to learn. Learn the culture, practice the language, even going to El Museo de Prado (where we learned and study abroad 3got to see the art which we learned about in class), and going on excursions. As a group we went to Toledo, Segovia, Salamanca, and Granada. All absolutely beautiful cities with a lot of history. But I would have to say my favorite city was Granada.

Since our excursions were only day trips (on Fridays), that left us the weekend free. So I was able to do a lot of traveling on my own to other cities. I went to Ciudad Real, Valencia, Sevilla, Paris, Barcelona, and Pamplona. The last two cities I visited after the program ended with 3 others who also study abroad 4stayed extra to travel more. We were able to rent an apartment for four nights in Barcelona and it was just a 10 minute walk from the beach! After those days we went to Pamplona, which just happened to be during the Running of the Bulls Festival, or San Fermin. Everywhere you turned people were wearing white and red (the colors of the festival). It was a crazy, fun, all night long (literally) event, but well worth it.

When my 7 weeks came to an end it was sad to leave Madrid, but it was also good to come back home and see family and friends. But I would go back in a heartbeat that is for sure. So my advice to all of you (as always), is to get involved and do the most that you can while you are here at Purdue. The opportunities are endless!

Priscilla Gaona, Senior, Movement & Sports Sciences

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National Team Sales Competition

Wow, this has been a very busy month for me! Aside from my usual school work, I was given the opportunity to represent Purdue University in the National Team Sales Competition hosted at Indiana University. The event is sponsored by 3M and Altria, two very successful companies that often recruit sales students from Indiana University. This unique opportunity was a highlight of my time here at Purdue University because it was an opportunity for me to represent my school in a legitimate competition.

Two weeks prior to the competition, our team was given a fictional case to dissect and analyze. Within the case there were 3 main objectives that we had to complete. Specifically, our company was a salt company that produces a private label of salty snacks and our main objective was to partner with a grocery store to sell these snacks. However, we had to market these 9 new snacks to the Hispanic demographic between the ages of 25-34. Therefore, we had to do a lot of market research on that particular demographic and understand how they spend their money. Furthermore, we had to select a “test market” city with a high population of Hispanics between the ages of 25-34. Last, we had to create a social media marketing plan that would also appeal to the specific demographic of Hispanics from ages 25-34. As you might imagine, this was a very complex case with a lot of different factors coming into play. It was a very challenging scenario and as I mentioned before we had a limited time to prepare. Overall, my team performed very well but we did not make the top 3. There were 21 different universities from around the nation at this event. The winners were the University of Washington, Baylor University, and Northern Illinois University. All of these schools have sales programs and competed at a very high level.

Not only was this event fun because of the competition aspect, it was a fantastic networking opportunity. As I mentioned before, there were students from 21 other universities around the country who we could talk to and learn from. Moreover, the competition had a sales specific career-fair with companies like Google, Whirlpool, 3M, and Altria all there to hire for sales. I encourage all sales students to get involved in the different sales role-play competitions that Purdue University offers.

– Nicholas Warden, Senior, Selling and Sales Management

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Surviving Midterms!

I can’t believe that we are already halfway through first semester! It feels like the first day of school was just a few days ago. At this point, life at Purdue can get pretty crazy. Between homework, group projects, extra-curricular activities, and now studying for midterms it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. I think the libraries really are the best place to study. They’re usually much quieter than other places on campus which really helps me focus. However, pumpkin carvingwhile studying is extremely important in order to do well, it’s also important to take a few study breaks to clear your head. My friends and I usually go to the France A. Córdova Recreational Sports Center (CoRec) to relieve some of the stress that school brings on. There are also so many activities on campus that are great to go to if you’re in need of a break. Go to a volleyball game and cheer on the Boilermakers, watch a free movie at Flicks at Fowler, or just walk around campus with friends! We even carved pumpkins this weekend as a fun study break. This time of year is stressful, so make sure to have some fun too.

Good luck!

Margaret Foutch, Junior, Speech Language and Hearing Sciences

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My Favorite Time on Campus

Zeta 1Happy October! It is officially my favorite month of the year, and favorite time to be on Purdue’s gorgeous campus! This month has been busy with midterms, football, and fall break, but one of my favorite events so far has been my sorority’s bZeta 2arn dance! I am a proud member of Zeta Tau Alpha, and currently serve as ritual chairman on our executive council. Every fall we have a date function where we go to a local farm in the Lafayette area and dance, go on a hayride, have a bonfire, and listen to country music of course! Greek life at Purdue has introduced me to so many life long friends, and has surrounded me with endless opportunities to get involved on campus and become a leader. I am looking forward to what the rest of the semester has to bring with my sorority and can’t wait to enjoy the rest of my junior fall at Purdue.

Boiler Up!

– Rachel Baur, Junior, Human Services

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Tips on Making Grad School Apps Less Stressful

It’s that time of year…I graduate in less than 2 months. Midterms have passed, the semester is in full swing..and on top of everything else I’ve got going on, I am applying to the next step… graduate school! Ahhh!! Since my freshman year, professors have stressed how important grad school applications will be. You need a strong resume, certain GRE scores, an impressive transcript…the list goes on. It’s a lot to take in! It’s a time consuming, intense, and sometimes emotional, process…but at the same time, it’s so exciting! While it can be an overwhelming and hectic process, here are some tips in reducing stress and saving yourself time and energy.

  1. Start early. Seriously, if you are in a major like Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences and you know that graduate school is required for you to practice, it is never too early to start researching programs you might be interested in. There are lots of programs throughout the U.S. with a huge range of research opportunities and clinical experiences. Do your homework..and don’t procrastinate.
  1. Make a spreadsheet. Once you have selected a list of schools, make a spreadsheet that organizes all the information you might need to know. What are the admission requirements? GRE scores? Letters of recommendation? Deadlines? tuition? Having all of this information in a centralized location will save you the energy in looking it up repeatedly.
  1. Consult your professors. Profs can be valuable resources in providing program suggestions, helping you select programs that fit your interests, and in guiding you through the application process. Plus, in seeking guidance, you are demonstrating your initiative and drive to pursue your future degree–which your profs will appreciate and respect.
  1. Don’t procrastinate the GRE. I took the GRE last February, right before I left for a semester abroad. Taking it over break was such a great decision. I had plenty of time to study, I wasn’t stressed with classes since the semester hadn’t started, and it was plenty of time in advance in case I needed to retake the exam. It’s just a test. Study, relax, and don’t put it off. It’s not as bad as people make it out to be!
  1. Get a head start on your personal statement. For me, writing my personal statement was the most challenging and time consuming aspect of collecting my application materials. It really challenges you to think about WHY you are applying to grad school, what you want to accomplish, and what you have to offer. The earlier you start thinking about these things, the better your personal statement will be. This is important. Since most SLP/AuD programs don’t require an interview, your personal statement is the only place for you to really express why YOU are the best candidate for their program.
  1. Figure out what YOU want. I am a senior, graduating in December. And it has taken me up until this semester to really understand what path I want to pursue. I had been torn between speech pathology or audiology for the past two years, as I find both career opportunities interesting and exciting. While everyone around you is going to have an opinion or suggestions, remember that graduate school is about YOU. It’s your career, your future. So really think about it. It’s a huge investment–so take the time to reflect so you can make a confident and developed decision.

Grad school can be intimidating, but it doesn’t need to be stressful. Prepare, get a head start, and stay organized. The more you get done before the semester begins, the more time you’ll have to enjoy your senior year! Keep calm and boiler up :)

– Mallory Rotondo, Senior, Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

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October is Birthday Month

Kings IslandHello! Another month has flown by! October is an especially busy month for my family and I. My parents and myself all have birthdays during this month so I have been home for three weekends in a row. This last weekend we celebrated my dad’s birthday (10/18) as well as my aunt’s (his sister). They were born on the same day but two years apart.

On Saturday, when my aunt and cousin arrived in town, we went and supported my two younger sisters as they performed their color guard show in a marching band competition. On Sunday we actually went to King’s Island and it was an absolutely gorgeous fall Stuckey Farmday. The best part about going this late in the season was that no one was there so we got to do everything that we wanted to in the park with little to no waits! On Monday, it was time for me to travel back to Purdue to start my week of classes. Before I began my travels we stopped by Stuckey’s Farm to do some apple picking and bring back some old memories of when my aunt and cousin used to come visit. After we were done apple picking, my parents, two sisters, aunt and cousin all followed me back to Purdue where we had lunch before I went to class. The weekend was so much fun and it was great getting to be able to go home to visit my relatives.

– Jordan Raver, Sophomore, Hospitality and Tourism Management

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Fall at Purdue

purdue fallSeriously? Why is Purdue so beautiful in the fall? It’s my fourth year on campus and seeing the beautiful leaves that have changed colors still shocks me when I’m walking to class. I love fall at Purdue because that means the scenery is changing, football games are still here, Halloween is just around the corner (I LOVE CANDY), and drinking warm apple cider is more acceptable now than in the summer. Also, fall means breaking out those sweaters and tall boots I’ve been dying to wear because who doesn’t love a good sweater? This weather makes me think back to my first fall semester at Purdue, where I immediately fell in love with campus. I can’t wait to attend the next football game and cheer on my boilers! Boiler Up!

– Kylie Boswell, Senior, Hospitality and Tourism Management

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