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 semester 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
Posted in Nursing
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.
It 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
Hello Readers, this semester is off to a busy start. Classes are going well and I have been busy writing scholarships for next fall. I used to think once I was in college I wouldn’t have any more opportunities to receive scholarships besides the ones I received from high school. However, I have learned that is far from the case. The College of Health and Human Sciences has multiple opportunities to receive financial aid even as a junior. I am currently working on two scholarships and have already put in for three for next school year. Even though I am never certain if I will be awarded the scholarship or not, it is always worth my time. The way I look at it is this: if I work on a scholarship for two hours and am awarded even $250, that is more than I would earn working two hours at any job! Time will tell and I encourage everyone to fill out as many as possible. Can’t believe how fast this semester is going, but I look forward to all of the memories I will make from now to the beginning of May.
— Rachael Wetli, Junior, Human Services
My second semester of sophomore year has gotten off to an exciting start! This semester I was finally able to participate in the organization College Mentors for Kids. I am paired up with a young girl in second grade. I meet with her every Monday for several hours and we do different educational activities together. For our first activity, we made ice cream and did an activity to get to know each other with all of the other mentors and their little buddies. This organization works to help give at-risk children the opportunity to have another positive role model in their life. My job as a mentor is to encourage my little buddy to work hard in school and to help them build a better life. I share my own experiences and encourage my little buddy to have an open mind and give back to the community. Purdue University has the largest College Mentors for Kids chapter, and I am so excited to finally have the opportunity to participate and help my little buddy reach her full potential.
— Elissa Borgia, Sophomore, Nursing
Posted in Nursing
Almost every nursing student looks forward to Obstetrics clinical with excitement, including me. It’s been even better than I imagined! Every Friday bright and early I head down to IU Health Network in Indianapolis with my clinical group to work on the floor from 6:45-12:30. Waking up that early is hard but I look forward to the clinical so much. So far, I have seen a C-section, performed newborn assessments including the baby’s first bath, given injections and cared for mothers. I’ll also be in the postpartum unit, NICU and in labor and delivery which I am really looking forward to! There are hard parts of OB and I’m sure I’ll realize this more and more. I love OB though because there is nothing more special than seeing that moment when the parents meet their baby for the first time. I definitely cried.
— Laura Mangan, Junior, Nursing
Posted in Nursing
This semester has been very exciting, as well as very busy. One new thing that I have started this semester is having the opportunity to do research with one of my previous professors. The research lab that I am involved in is the Purdue Infant Speech Lab. The goal for this research lab is to get a better understanding of how babies listen to and understand speech. This is my first time working in this type of environment, so there is so much to learn and so many doors opening that I didn’t realize were available to me.
As I learn in the traditional classroom setting for the majority of my classes, I am also getting the opportunity to bring education to life. I am getting to experience experiments that I thought I was only going to read about in my textbook.
This is such an exciting opportunity and I am looking forward to getting more involved in the research world here at Purdue. Most of my professors that I have had also do research as well as teach. This semester has encouraged me to get more involved in these research opportunities to make my education go in full circle.
— Sara Loerch, Sophomore, Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
With the semester wrapping up, it is amazing to me how quickly time has flown by. In just a couple of weeks I will be home for the holidays, in my pajamas, and most importantly, relaxing. Although this relaxation is a foreign concept at the moment, it is still something to look forward to and keep me going. As I reflect at this past semester, I realized how far I have come in just one year. Last year, as a first year student, I was very anxious. I never had a set schedule on doing things and did not know what the next day would bring me. This semester, I decided to change that pattern.
My goal was to make a schedule. I have as many things planned out as I could so if an unexpected event came along, I would be able to handle it. In my calendar, I had all my classes, work schedule, volunteer schedule, extra curricular activities, and a rigid study schedule. It was also important to me to have scheduled meal times so no matter how busy the day was going to be, I always had at least an hour a day to relax and socialize with my friends.
With my new organized schedule for the semester, I felt a huge weight lift off my shoulders. I was able to relax and enjoy myself more because I was not wasting all my free time worrying. I hope to continue this pattern in my future semesters and enjoy my Purdue experience. My time at Purdue is flying by and I do not want to miss one minute of it!
Sara Loerch, Sophomore, Speech Language and Hearing Sciences
Time really goes by fast when your are busy and enjoying your classes! I can’t believe my first semester of Junior year is coming to an end and in about a month I’ll be studying abroad in Dublin, Ireland. Its shocking how my time at Purdue is almost coming to an end, but I have definitely enjoyed all of it . As I came to Purdue, I was worried of how I was going to adapt to such a big campus. I had no idea where to start, what club to join, or how to get experience in my field of study. However, looking back to all my experiences, I can’t believe all that Purdue has offered me. It all started when I decided to get out of my comfort zone and challenge myself to new experiences. My freshman year I attended leadership conferences that opened doors for further conferences in my sophomore year. Also, as a freshman I decided get involved in Sport Nutrition through NUTR 345/445. This class allows hands-on experience in sport nutrition by working with Purdue’s Division I athletes. Likewise, Dietetics requires a food service experience that can be completed by working at the Boiler Bistro in Marriot Hall, summer food service internship or by working at Purdue’s dinning court. I choose working at Wiley Dinning Court and it was such a great experience. Besides getting paid and getting class credit, I got to work with an amazing staff and students who taught me what it is like to work in the food service area. Furthermore, joining Purdue’s Nutrition Society allowed me to meet and interact with other students in my major, faculty and the community. It is a great way to apply what you learn in class and help the community become aware of the importance of nutrition. Lastly, as a student ambassador, my love and appreciation towards Purdue has grown. I have learned so much about Purdue, interacted with alumni, and most importantly I have had the opportunity to meet prospective students and share my passion for Purdue. Besides these opportunities, Purdue has a wide variety of other opportunities in which one can get involved and grow as a professional.
P.S. Through Purdue’s Study Abroad Program, I’ll be able to finish my junior year course work at the Dublin Institute of Technology, one of Ireland’s most prestigious universities. To the left is a picture of Dublin City, my new home this coming spring semester.
Carmen Cucalon, Junior, Dietetics/Nutrition, Fitness and Health
One of my favorite things about Purdue is that there are a lot of fun traditions that students participate in. Nearly every single student has done a fountain run in the summer, eaten dinner at Triple XXX, or gone to an IU vs. Purdue basketball game, myself included. Of all the great traditions, my absolute favorite is sledding on Slayter Hill. Now that it’s officially winter and December is here, I can’t wait for it to snow so that once again my friends and I can go sledding. The first time I was able to do this was my freshman year at Purdue and I can honestly say it is one of my favorite memories and something that I try to do at least once a year!
— Margaret Foutch, Junior, Speech Language and Hearing Sciences
Being at a Big Ten school, I have always been blown away at the amount of opportunities, opportunities for student organizations, jobs, club sports, intermurals, internships, you name it. This past month I attended an internship workshop through the Purdue Nursing Student Council and I was blown away with the internship opportunities available. Several of these internships were available through the School of Nursing cooperative program and other internships were available because of connections and the name of the Purdue School of Nursing. A couple seniors shared about an internship they had this past summer working as student nurse externs in Houston at one of the best hospitals in the United States. Another student shared about her internship at Bradford Woods-a summer camp for children with disabilities through Riley Children’s Hospital. These internships spanned the country in locations from Houston, to Cleveland to Chicago. I jumped on board and applied for a paid internship as a student nurse at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). If I get this internship, I will work full time for ten weeks this summer, most likely in a maternity ward or intensive care unit. I will receive four hours of training a week in a seminar for nursing students to improve on teamwork and learn about our healthcare system. The most exciting part of this internship is that I would be paired with a preceptor, an experienced nurse who would teach me how to perform procedures such as endotracheal tube care, skills I will be using as a nurse. I haven’t heard back from UPMC yet but I am thrilled with this possibility!
— Laura Mangan, Junior, Nursing