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Finding your Perfect Home at Purdue

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Having finished all of your applications, it’s time for the fun part of transitioning to college, choosing your dorm! Choosing where you want to live can be a big decision and WE Link is here to help guide you to your perfect freshman home within one of our many learning communities. Here are my top reasons for joining a learning community Me in my perfect home at Purdue! Students who share your same passions      Purdue learning communities offer you the chance to live on the same floor as countless people with your same passions. Whether you love solving real-world problems or helping to save the environment, there is a place for you. But even if you are hesitant about living on a floor with your learning community, there are options for communities that hold weekly meetings instead of living together. Help on homework and projects      L iving in one of Purdue’s learning communities offers you a huge network of support as you start your exciting journey into engineering. E

Work AND Play Hard: Club Involvement

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As an engineering student at Purdue University, it is very important that you establish boundaries for yourself when it comes to having fun and working. At times, it becomes easy to neglect your need for fun and social time. Assignments pile up, deadlines approach, and homework takes longer than expected. These all too common occurrences have led me to reschedule a hangout or cancel a plan, leading to more hours isolated at a desk with my head down. Clubs, however, are not things that you can continuously brush off. It is important that you attend said meetings as it is your responsibility as a member.  More often than not, I have found that these one hour meetings have been exactly what I needed when it comes to recharging my mind. Not only do you get to get away from the stress of school work, but you also get to socialize, relax your mind, and work through a creative outlet.  Personally, I am a member of Greek life and a buddy for Best Buddies. These two involvements have put “p

4 Tips to Fund Your Education

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Have you found your perfect school, but are unsure how to fund your four years of education? The price tag on college may seem daunting, but luckily there are plenty of opportunities to earn  scholarships through Purdue  or external resources (such as your community or online). Furthermore, Purdue and other colleges offer financial aid in other forms too, whether it be grants, loans, or work study programs!  When applying for scholarships... WE Link LT Emily on co-op, which is one way Purdue students can fund their education! 1. Be yourself & Apply Anyway  Don’t be shy to tell the scholarship committee about all the great things you have done. Share your interests, aspirations, and what makes you unique. Even if you don't think you meet all the qualifications for the scholarship, apply anyways! An applicant does not need to meet all the criteria to be a strong candidate for a scholarship. 2. Use Your Resources   Use scholarship search engines and your advisers (especially once

Overcoming Doubts and Insecurities as Women in Engineering

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Making the decision to come to Purdue wasn’t an easy one for me. I was coming from a very small high school with almost no STEM program and I had no engineering experience. Honestly, I had almost no confidence in my decision to even pursue engineering in general. At times, it felt like a decision I had made on a whim.  Some people might relate to this, and others may not. A substantial number of my fellow engineers that I’ve talked to had at least some experiences that were similar. What I mean to say by this is that whatever you’re feeling, you aren’t alone. Whether it’s doubts regarding where you’re going, what you’re studying, or even if you can handle it, there is a whole community here who understands and has your back. The following picture was taken after the completion of one of the hardest and most frustrating project’s I’ve ever worked on. However, while it was very stressful and tested my limits, I came out of it a much stronger person and engineer, and I am so grateful for

"How To" at Purdue

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Coming to college for the first time is a new and exciting experience for everyone! From getting involved on campus, getting around campus, and meeting new people, there are many things to learn in the first few weeks. In order to make your transition a little smoother, read up on some “how to’s” from current students.  WE Link volunteers have gotten involved on campus through the Women in Engineering Program! How to Get Involved: Purdue has over 1,000 clubs & activities to be involved in & finding one that fits your interest may feel overwhelming. One general piece of advice I have heard a lot is to try to be involved in three activities: one for fun, one to give back, and one related to your professional aspirations. Being involved on campus can be a lot of fun, but don’t forget to take your own academic needs into account. Some people may find that being involved in more or less activities is personally beneficial to them. A great way to navigate all of Purdue’s extracurricu

It's Time to Think Sustainably: Green Organizations at Purdue

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As engineers, we have the innate need to add to and make better . Cars, rockets, WiFi, irrigation systems, pharmaceuticals, prosthetics -- any field you name, we have likely left our footprints. However with today’s increased threat of global warming rising  to 1.5C-2C above pre-industrial temperatures, it is more crucial than ever, the actions we take as engineers are mindful of our rapidly changing world. Members of the Sustainability Council at a Composting Event Now, that’s some hefty information to understand. So let’s start at the beginning, where can you find people at Purdue with these interests? Air and Waste Management Association (PAWMA) This professional organization hosts a variety of activities catering towards learning about different environmental causes such as water quality, remediation, and management methods. American Society of Agricultural & Biological Engineers Are you an Agricultural or Biological Engineer? This is the place for you! This scientific org

Current Students Describe the Purdue Experience

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At a volunteer night, current students were asked to list what words came to mind when provided with the following topics. "Word Art" or "Word Clouds" are a fun way we would like to use to be able to share their responses and give you a peek into the engineering experience here at Purdue! Campus Activities Students often enjoy watching the various Purdue sports teams represent our school in the Big 10.  Students also enjoy other aspects of Purdue's campus such as the ChillZone, with Adirondack chairs and fire pits, as well as extracurricular activities such as intramural sports, Greek life, and the 1000+ student organizations and clubs. Additionally, the nearby Chauncey area has many shops and restaurants for students to enjoy! Just College Things Besides the incredible academics on Purdue’s campus, there is so much more to the full Purdue Experience.  From living in the dorms and eating in the dining courts to the Purdue community, our volunteers explain everyt

Navigating Purdue as a fully online student

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During the ongoing pandemic, asynchronous lectures have become a huge part of Purdue’s online university experience. My friend once compared asynchronous lectures to a love-hate relationship. The more I think about it, the more I realize how true her statement is. Online university and recorded lectures remove the organized structure of fixed schedules and locations. You can watch lectures at your own convenience, whenever and wherever you want. This can be an advantage, particularly if you are not an early morning person like me. but at the same time, the temptation of procrastination can be too strong. I have to admit that I am somewhat guilty of the latter. However, I learnt from my fall 2020 online experience, took advantage of Purdue’s resources and created a customized, fixed schedule for myself which helped me stay on track with all of my courses and extracurriculars way better compared to Fall 2020.  Shruti and her friends at the Hong Kong Harbor (Photo taken prior to COVID-19