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What NOT to do as a Purdue freshman

Group of freshman in the Purdue Union.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

1. Don’t be afraid to get involved

You’re still on time. September is the month to attend call outs, to email clubs and organizations, it’s your chance to get involved. At first, it will seem overwhelming and you are going to feel like everything’s moving too quickly and that you can just wait for next semester. Do not do this. Every start of a semester will feel like this, but you need to join this crazy rush hour as soon as you can because once you’re in, everything will just get better. Trust me. Once you get involved, a million opportunities will open up and you’re going to find yourself filling out applications and trying to find extra time to add all of these to your schedule. Which leads me to the next thing, get involved but do not drown yourself. It’s your first year, you can explore a few clubs and organizations but don’t rush it, you will have time to figure out which ones are more meaningful for you.

students at club expo

2. Don’t treat finals week like you did in high school

I don’t know about you, but I was able to get away with a few last-minute studying sessions a couple of hours before an exam. Bad news… it’s almost impossible to pull those off here at Purdue. The most important skill you will learn here is time management. Make sure you organize yourself a week or two in advance, and don’t leave assignments for the night before. But, more than anything, do not wait until finals week to start studying. It will be too much for you. My best advice would be to follow your classes throughout the semester. If you get behind one week, that’s fine, just try to catch up quickly and keep up to date with the course. That way, during finals week you will be doing reviewing sessions instead of trying to self-teach the entire semester in a couple of hours or days.

Students on the Boilermaker Special.

3. Do reach out to people and be open minded

Sometimes, it may feel a little weird to move from your hometown to such a big university with so many people in it. In my case, I moved from a high school class of 100 to a class of 10,000 students here at Purdue. But two positive things come from being in a university with so many students: developing an open mind and getting prepared for the real world. You will be exposed to so many different cultures, languages and people, you will eventually realize that you have so much to learn from all of your differences with them. By the end of your time at Purdue, you will no longer make conclusions based only on your own point of view, but you will now have an open mind with multiple perspectives. Purdue has an extremely diverse campus and faculty, take advantage of this! This is going to prepare you for when you go to the real world after graduation, where you will constantly be put in situations outside your comfort zone and will work with several different people and teams.


Ariana Loor is a junior from Ecuador pursuing a major in General Management with a focus in Human Resources Management.
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