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From Exploratory Studies to Krannert

Saturday, November 14, 2020

explore.jpgSome of us know what we want to be when we grow up, but most of us aren’t quite sure. There are hundreds of career choices and concentrations and specifications to choose from. Purdue has over one hundred majors. How do you know?

I started my college career in Exploratory Studies, a program designed to help students explore their options. At first, I was a little embarrassed to admit that I didn’t know. Everyone else seemed to have a plan for their lives, but I just didn’t want to make the wrong choice. I have since realized that few of us are sure of what we want to do with our lives. The percentage of college students that change their major has been steadily increasing. Students who start off undecided tend to stay in the major of their choosing once they’ve declared it, so taking the time to explore your options has proven to be successful.

While in Exploratory Studies, I talked to students in a variety of majors, took several different personality tests, interviewed professionals from various fields, and researched my different options. Some of these assessments pointed me to Krannert. I have always been interested in the business world, but I wasn’t sure until I talked to a current Krannert student that I wanted to go into marketing. After talking to this student, I saw myself fitting into Krannert and I talked to my academic advisor about completing a CODO.

CODO stands for “Change of Degree Objective,” and each college has their own requirements for students. The requirements to CODO into Krannert are different depending on your high school GPA and test scores, but it is a relatively easy process.

Although I had made my decision, I was not able to officially join the school of management until the fall semester of sophomore year, which is when I was assigned a new academic advisor. In the meantime, I took courses that would serve as prerequisites. Krannert has been incredibly welcoming, and even hosted an event for CODO students where we were able to talk to professors and get a free T-shirt.

I am very grateful for my time in Exploratory Studies, and I am proud to be a part of Krannert, where the professors and advisors are there to help, the students are driven, and the resources are numerous.

I’ve learned that growing up means making a lot of decisions for yourself, which can be hard sometimes. If anyone reading this is struggling to choose what they want to study, I recommend completing a Self-Directed Search and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, two self-assessments that really helped me find my strengths and passions. I also advise you to talk to your academic advisor. They’re here to help, and they know what they’re talking about!

Nicolle Kain

Nicolle Kain is a junior from Beecher, IL with a double major in Marketing and General Communications and a minor in English. On campus, Nicolle is a Team Leader for Boiler Gold Rush, a Protect Purdue Student Ambassador, VP of Public Relations for the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority.

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