Not So Dead Week: Purdue Day of Giving

PDOG 1Purdue Day of Giving is a twenty-four hour event for the different departments throughout Purdue to compete in hourly challenges for bonus money. The purpose for this event is to increase the participation of donors for our university. At the end of the day, there were 9,626 donations made. The donation amount ranged from ten dollars to millions of dollars. Each donor made his or her contribution to a specific department to which they would like to support.

PDOG 2The department I work with was Purdue Bands and Orchestras. I play the oboe in the wind ensemble and I am so fortunate to have this opportunity to continue playing music at a college level. Before Day of Giving, I organized sending out 10,000 postcards to let our alumni and donors know about our event. This project started in November so it was very rewarding to see the last postcard to get sent out. During the Day of Giving Challenges, I helped monitor who was donating and encouraged the students in our department to help with the hourly challenges.

Overall this day was very successful for the university. It gave the parents, students, and alumni a chance to give back to Purdue University for all the wonderful opportunities it has brought us. I am thankful for Purdue Bands and Orchestras and The College of Health and Human Sciences because these programs have allowed me to grow as a person and meet many new friends along the way.

— Sara Loerch, Junior, Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

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Study Abroad Easy At Purdue

study abroad scholarshipMost people dream of visiting another country and exploring new cultures and places. At Purdue, it is easy to make this dream a reality through the numerous study abroad programs offered to students. The College of Health and Human Sciences offers programs to every major for different amounts of time. There are semester-long programs, summer programs, and spring break programs available for students to choose from. Programs in different countries throughout various continents could be found by doing a search on the study abroad website. This summer I will be participating in a study abroad program in Turkey with the Human Development and Family Studies department of HHS. Like many other students, the financial aspect of study abroad was a worry for me when it came to planning the trip. Luckily, I was able to find some scholarships offered to Purdue students to help me pay for my study abroad experience. Purdue promotes study abroad for all students so there is now the Purdue Moves Study Abroad Scholarship available for every student studying abroad to apply for. There are additional scholarships available specifically for students of the College of Health and Human Sciences. The scholarships available in the College of HHS include the Charles V. and Audrey Palm Riker Fund for Human Development, the Fred and Dorine Santogrossi Award for Study Abroad, and the John and Emma Tse Fund for Global Scholars. In addition to these, students can do more research to find other scholarships and financial resources to fund their trips and to make the trips more affordable. Studying abroad is a once in a lifetime experience that all students should have the opportunity to participate in and with the help of generous donations available in the form of scholarships, every student has a chance to get financial help for the life-changing journey.

— Elissa Borgia, Sophomore, Nursing

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Loving a Job that Helps Others

Spring break is officially over and that means getting back to schoolwork and studying. There are officially six more weeks of classes left, and I couldn’t be more excited! Over break, I didn’t do anything besides work and relax at home.

I am a Mental Health Technician at a group home for Wabash Valley Alliance. I work in a fifteen bed psychiatric facility and I help the clients by providing basic skills training that they will need once they get back on their feet and move out on their own. I always get questions whenever I mention I work with psychiatric clients. All the clients that are in the group home aren’t dangerous, and they can come and go during the day as they please. All of the staff members are great, and I am so fortunate to have found this job. The experience that I have as a Mental Health Technician will give me some background in the area as I work towards becoming a Clinical Psychologist.

— Marguerite Lamborn, Junior, Psychological Sciences

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Time Management Is Vital!

This semester has definitely been one of the craziest ones I have had yet, which is my excuse for slacking on the blogging! I feel like I definitely hit the ground running in January and only stopped on my little trip to Florida for spring break. On top of the usual schoolwork, I have been applying for nursing externships for this summer. It’s definitely taken up more time than I expected it to! Spring semester is also the time to apply for scholarships for the next academic year, so I have also been busy with that. Reflecting on all of the work that I have had to do this semester, I have realized how vital time management is to a successful college career. You will hear this from every person you talk to freshman year, but it’s definitely true! In college (and life) you will have many responsibilities and expectations from many different people. Organizing your time and prioritizing is the best way to handle the workload. Whether it is making lists, writing in a planner, using sticky notes on your laptop, or setting reminders on your cell phone, it is important to figure out what works best for you. Time management is obviously something I continue to use throughout my entire college career and will benefit from once I start working. So even though the advice you get freshman year may sound repetitive or cliché, it is some good advice and it’s funny to see how true it is even as a junior in college!

— Smaro Spandonidis, Junior, Nursing


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Monday Night Bingo

This month, I had the opportunity to volunteer at a retirement home to play bingo through the ALDPES Honors Fraternity. This was an experience that put me out of my comfort zone. The only experience that I have had with the older population was with my own grandparents. I was very nervous because I was not sure how the residents were going react with me being there. Overall, it was a wonderful experience.

monday night bingoAs soon as we got there, all the residents were very welcoming and each of the volunteers were at a different table. The ladies at the table were very kind and very ready to play for bingo. Each lady had two boards in front of them and ready to win. In between calls, we chatted about the activities that we enjoyed doing and how our days were. The friendship between the ladies was inspiring of how much they cared and took care of each other. They told me that each day was a blessing because of the people surrounding them.

One unique experience that I had volunteering was when I actually had a Bingo. I was too embarrassed to shout Bingo because I was afraid that they would be mad at me. So lady next me took my card and try to get my prize for me. We later found out that that was not allowed. Thankfully I did not lose my Bingo privileges.

All in all, I am very happy that I volunteered and I am looking forward to volunteering again very soon. The older populations have so much to share about their experiences. It is now a goal of mine to sometime in my career and future to make it a priority work with the older population as well.

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

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Fashion Institute of Technology – A Moment I Will Never Forget!

My name is Christy Joehl and I am currently spending my junior year at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City! I am interning at Karla Otto Incorporated, one of the top Fashion PR firms in the world. Their clients include Celine, Emilio Pucci, Marni, La Perla and more!IMG_2293

During New York Fashion Week I had the pleasure of attending the Hugo Boss Autumn/Winter 2015 runway show. It was held downtown at the World Trade building, which had the most incredible view of Manhattan I had ever seen! Right before the show began, a few Karla Otto publicists noticed that there were two second row seats open – no client wants an empty seat at their fashion show. To resolve this, the publicists invited me and another intern to sit in the HIGHLY EXCLUSIVE seats! We watched the show unfold right next to top editors, buyers, and bloggers. It was a moment I will never forget!

— Christy Joehl, Junior, Retail Management

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Studying Abroad: Preparation

March 3 – One of the great things about Purdue is that it’s encouraged that all Boilermakers embark on a study aboard experience at least once. In high school, studying aboard was always something I looked forward to study abroaddo, and I finally get the opportunity to do so.
During my 8 week long winter break, I spent time preparing both myself and family members for my international departure to Australia. There were of course a few challenges during this preparation period. Some main challenges included packing only two suitcases for 4 whole months, and reassuring my friends that I wouldn’t get attacked by any Australian spiders. Also, because it is my first time flying out of the country, I found it necessary to read up on the Australian culture and current news. This is something I encourage all future travelers to do.

On February 16th, I was all packed, and ready to travel and begin my study aboard journey in the land down under!

— Shanera Wilson, Junior, Public Health

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Fun Events on Campus!

It’s been a crazy start to the semester! On top of keeping up with all of my classes, so many things are going on around campus! This month, I’ve been to two concerts, Mackey arena at 12:30 am, and apparently, a winter wonderland!

One of the best parts about going to a big university is that big name performers come here – including Brad Paisley! Now, I am not a big country fan, but a friend asked if I would go with her, so I figured I would give it a shot. And I am so glad I did! Paisley was great and so entertaining – I’ve officially been converted into a country fan!

Someone asked me to swing dance, and of course, I had to accept! It was so fun!

Someone asked me to swing dance, and of course, I had to accept! It was so fun!

On top of the great groups that come here, Purdue Music Organizations houses some wonderful on campus groups. My boyfriend is a trumpet player in the American Music Repertory Ensemble, one of the top jazz bands on campus, and I was able to attend one of the concerts – and it was held at the Black and Gold gym in the Co Rec! The band played in the corner of the gym, and the rest of the space was used for swing dancing! It was such a different concert atmosphere and so much fun!

Of course, you can’t talk about the spring semester without mentioning Purdue Men’s Basketball! The biggest game of the year? PURDUE VS. IU! And the Boilermakers won – both times! After they won

Whose house? OUR HOUSE! Boiler Up!

Whose house? OUR HOUSE! Boiler Up!

against IU, at IU, I had the opportunity to greet the team as the came back from the game. Down side, I had to sacrifice a small amount of sleep to do this, but it was totally worth it! At 12:00 at night, I bundled up and walked all the way to Mackey Arena in sub-zero temperatures with my friends to cheer on the team! It was so much fun!

 I mean, it’s hard to hate snow when it’s this pretty!

I mean, it’s hard to hate snow when it’s this pretty!

In the meantime, I’m trying to stay warm, keep up with accounting, and trying to enjoy the snow we’re getting. Even though it means spring isn’t as close as I want, it’s still quite a beautiful sight!

— Ally Ylo, Sophomore, Financial Counseling and Planning

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Looking Forward To Future Plans

Hello Boilermakers!

It’s been a whirlwind of a semester so far! With graduation approaching this May, I feel as though I am looking forward to future plans while still attempting to savor my last proposalsemester at Purdue. It certainly is getting real, my friends! For starters, I am excited to announce that I got engaged over break! My fiance, who is a Purdue graduate, proposed on the day of his commencement ceremony from graduate school. He surprised me while we were getting a couple of pictures near the bell tower after his ceremony by getting down on one knee! On top of that, he also coordinated with my family and invited them to see the engagement happen, so after I stopped gazing at my beautiful ring I realized that my family had been watching nearby! It was wonderful! He recently accepted a position with GE in South Carolina and I look forward to moving down there later this year. As a result, my semester includes completing nursing school, studying for my National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) exam to be licensed as a nurse, planning a wedding, fulfilling my role as a Resident Assistant, continuing my part-time job in patient transport at a local hospital, all while attempting to get some sleep here and there. Whew! It’s definitely an hectic but exciting semester, and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

‘Til next time,

— Caitlyn Lowry, Senior, Nursing

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Brad Paisley comes to Purdue!

What an awesome experience! I am a HUGE country music fan, but had never been to a concert before, so when one of my friends asked if I wanted to go to the Brad Paisley concert with her, my answer was an absolute YES.

Brad PaisleyIt really was a great show. Brad Paisley is so talented and so were the introductory acts, The Swon Brothers and Parmalee. I loved how much Brad interacted with the fans, by taking selfies and videos with phones in the crowd and even gave his guitar away to a young boy with a disability. He had very cool videos that went along with each song with snippets from his music videos mixed with live video and animations.

Purdue convocations invites many wonderful performers, singers, and actors/actresses to Elliot Hall of Music. These shows are offered at reduced prices for students, and for such a big name in music it is an awesome deal! I’m looking forward to going to the musical Sister Act at the end of this month with my family, I just can’t get enough! Boiler up!

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

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