After a much needed and restful winter break, second semester at Purdue is back in full swing for the HHS students. Since this is my last semester before I graduate, I have been inundated with many more projects for my classes than I am used to from previous semesters. I know it will be a lot of work, but it will be a great opportunity to be able to collaborate with my peers within the Nutrition Science Department on my projects throughout my final semester. The cold weather is definitely settling in at Purdue as well! Not too many students are fond of it, but with the right winter gear any student can be prepared for the worst! Being from Iowa I am used to the cold, but still dislike having to walk to class when the temperature is 20 below zero. However, Purdue students know that once they get through the chilly winter months, spring break will soon arrive! Being a senior in the College of Health and Human Sciences and this being my last semester, I definitely have motivation to get through the winter months so that graduation will soon be here. For all the other HHS students at Purdue, I think that trekking through the winter months builds a lot of character and each day is just one day closer to summer break and warm weather!
–Lauren Zust, Senior, Dietetics
So it has officially been a week since I have been back on campus. I always love the first week of semesters. It’s a time where you can catch up with old friends and even have the possibility of meeting some new friends in the classes that you have signed up to take for the semester. Speaking of classes, it’s also time for you to decide if you signed up for the right classes or the wrong ones.
I’m taking 17 credit hours this semester and after having been to all of my classes this past week, I can say that I am pretty excited for all of them. My three personal favorites currently are two beverage management classes that I am taking through the Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) department where you get certified to serve alcohol and get to learn more about the different types of alcoholic beverages through learning about sections of beer, wine, and spirits. In each of these sections we will be doing tastings and food pairings with tastings. The last class that I am excited for is a culture and cuisine study abroad class also administered through the HTM department. This spring break I will be traveling to Belgium and Luxembourg for the week to learn all about their culture and how their cuisines fit into their different cultures.
Of course, there are also exciting events that keep the ambassadors busy throughout the spring semester. My personal favorites are those events where we have the chance to talk to the new admitted students about life at Purdue and to show them what their college experience could look like when they visit campus. You can be sure that I signed up to help with a lot of those events! Boiler Up!
— Jordan Raver, Junior, Hospitality and Tourism Management
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! This past weekend Purdue Musical Organizations put on the 82nd Annual Purdue Christmas Show at the Elliott Hall of Music. As a Purduette I had the amazing opportunity to perform in the show!
With dancing penguins, classic Christmas carols, an evil villain from the South Pole, and one of the world’s largest stages, the show was a hit!
The students who perform in the show begin working on this production in September; it’s always so fun to be a part of this famous Purdue tradition that has been performed for students, friends, families, and people from all over the world. The show is filmed every year to be featured on PBS too!
You don’t want to miss out on this when you’re a student at Purdue! It’s a great way to kick off the holiday season. For Boilermakers, this is on the bucket list of things you MUST do before you graduate! Watch the Purdue Christmas Show on PBS this holiday season, and be sure to check it out live at Elliott Hall on campus December 3rd and 4th, 2016!
Off to study for finals!
— Ellie Boyer, Junior, Hospitality and Tourism Management
Thanksgiving is by far my favorite holiday. I get to see my family and friends, and eat more than I have in weeks. (I’m only kind of joking.) This year, I got to spend Thanksgiving at home with my parents, siblings, and nephews. It was so refreshing, and exactly what I needed before I came back up here to fight the winter weather and prepare for finals. It also gets me excited for the winter break that is right around the corner. I know that the end of this year will be great, because I will get to spend the holidays with my loved ones. My older brother is even getting married this New Years Eve, so that is exciting. I hope everyone else had as great of a Thanksgiving as I did, and has a relaxing winter break.
— Alyssa Walther, Junior, Psychological Sciences
One of my favorite things about being at Purdue in the winter is the first snow. To me, this is the first transition into winter. Each year on the day of the first snow, I always have to wear one of my ugly Christmas sweaters, but of course to me they aren’t ugly at all. Winter at Purdue is a beautiful thing. Although it’s cold and not the most fun to walk to class, there are so many things to do. Just because we are in college doesn’t mean that we are too old to make snowmen, snow angels, and to have an amazing snowball fight! And of course it’s not a winter at Purdue without completing the tradition of sledding down Slater Hill.
After all the fun outside, my friends and I like to warm up inside by having some hot chocolate and Christmas cookies. There’s so many great things that we are able to do with our friends during the winter months. Each December the Purdue Musical Organizations always but on an amazing Christmas show that you can’t miss! There’s also the Christmas tree in the Purdue Memorial Union and the gingerbread house making competition. There’s so many ways to enjoy the holidays and this great season at Purdue.
— Courtney Emerick, Junior, Psychological Sciences
It’s December! I’m a Florida girl, so I hate winter… but on a scale of 1 to Buddy the Elf, I LOVE CHRISTMAS!
It snowed super early on campus this year! We got about 3 inches the week before Thanksgiving. This is my first year I’ve had a car on campus so clearing my windshield for the first time was… quite the experience. But I did it!
My favorite things about the Christmas season are the traditions I make with my friends and family. During my freshman year, one of my super talented hall mates made these awesome and very detailed paper snowflakes. My roommate and I have hung them from our ceiling for three years now! In addition, my apartment is decked out with three Christmas trees and lights everywhere!
One of the organizations I’m involved with on campus, the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSHLA), had a holiday party where we made these adorable snowmen out of socks filled with rice! It was a great opportunity to celebrate Christmas with the girls in my major!
– Jordan Meenan, Junior, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
One of the things I love about Purdue is that they offer you experience in the field you want to go into. One of the courses that I am taking is a research course for my public health major. For this course I had to create a survey on something that I was interested in and distribute it. My survey was over changing unhealthy behaviors in college students through health coaching. On my survey I asked a series of questions about different unhealthy behaviors that college students partake in and their willingness to change those behaviors. Once I collected my data from those who took my survey I had to create a presentation for it. In the future when I am in the workforce I will be able to rely on this skill set to further my career.
— Lauren Lancaster, Senior, Public Health
Excited to say that another HHS student has a post-graduation job lined up! After a really difficult decision between a large global engineering-construction company, an aircraft manufacturer, and an auto manufacturer, I decided to accept a job as an Industrial Engineer with General Motors at their Corvette Assembly Plant in KY. They gave me a chance to visit the plant, and even ride a brand new corvette off the line and be the first to start the ignition! Now I just have to wrap up my senior year- good thing I’m taking classes like IE/PSY 577 and IE/PSY 556. They’re really relevant to my upcoming position, where I’ll specialize in human factors in engineering and industrial psychology. I can even be sponsored by GM to work on a Master’s degree once I start full-time this next summer. I never expected to have a job lined up so early my senior year, it’s a huge relief!
— Abigail Tighe, Senior, Psychological Sciences
As Thanksgiving approaches, Purdue HHS students like me are working hard to get all of their work done so that they can enjoy a relaxing Thanksgiving break. Although we don’t get the entire week off and still have classes on Monday and Tuesday of Thanksgiving week, it seems like the workload is still continuing. As a senior HHS student, I did not decide to leave campus early and skip Monday and Tuesday classes like most students, mostly because I have an exam and a lab this week. However, many professors do decide to cancel class or give extra credit for showing up during Thanksgiving week, which is always a plus for any HHS student at Purdue! With just two weeks left after Thanksgiving break until finals are upon us, it seems like this semester has gone by in the blink of an eye. Even though the weather is getting colder and it has already snowed in West Lafayette, the holidays are always my motivation to get through my studying so that I can reward myself with a well-deserved Thanksgiving break and Christmas break. Also, it is nice for Purdue students who are on campus over Thanksgiving to come and see the Purdue vs. IU game that is at Purdue this year on the Saturday of Thanksgiving week. As a member of the marching band, my break is cut a little short because I have to perform at the game, but this healthy rivalry is always super exciting to watch! Being a Purdue student, the holiday season provides a great amount of much-needed motivation for me knowing that I will be able to spend time with family when my hard work at school is done. Happy Thanksgiving Boilers!
-Lauren Zust, Senior, Dietetics
It seems like I have just blogged about what is going on back at home of late and not what is going on around campus. Don’t get me wrong, there have been plenty of activities this fall on campus like Purdue Dance Marathon, Homecoming weekend, football games, and not so fun activities like exams. But, this event is just too exciting not to share!
Last weekend, my family and I introduced a new little member to our family. His name is Larry Sumo Raver and he is a black golden doodle. Two weekends ago, my family and I traveled to Russiaville to look at the puppy litter to pick out which little guy we wanted. Fortunately, we were able to have our first choice of puppies with being fifth on the waiting list! So last Sunday (11/15/15) we traveled one more time to Russiaville to welcome Larry to the family. We brought him home and introduced him to our other two dogs. All three of them seemed to get along really well! Needless to say I am very much looking forward to Thanksgiving break so I can play with the new puppy again!
— Jordan Raver, Junior, Hospitality and Tourism Management