It’s so hard to believe that I am half way done with my undergrad years! I can’t wait to see what this year has to offer, but thus far it has been off to a great start. This will be the first year that I am living off campus in an apartment (although it’s practically on campus because it’s so close). It might take some time getting used to having to cook for myself, instead of paying visits to some pretty awesome dining courts. I have three other lovely roommates (pictured below at the first football game of the year—a win!). Having spent two years in the dorms and now living off campus, I feel that I am getting to experience Purdue and West Lafayette in new ways with a new perspective. I love it just as much here as I did my freshman year.
This past summer, I worked at a day care facility. I felt like I got to be a child again at times working with all of the youngsters. I absolutely loved my job—the mayhem and all!
I also feel like I have friends all over the world right now. Purdue is a great school to study abroad through, and my old roomie and one of my best friends is studying in Ireland for the semester. Not only is Purdue a great school with a wonderful study abroad program, but it also has a huge number of international students on campus. Before classes began, I got to help through an organization called MIX (Multinational Integration Xchange). The program was geared towards international students coming to campus that did not sign up for BGR. That way, we still tried our best to introduce them to life here on campus. As you can tell from the picture below, it wasn’t all work and no play! (Oh yeah, and we also were able to squeeze in a fountain run!) It feels good to be back!
— Jennifer Fredrick, Junior, Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences