From the Editor
So what’s your experience(s)?
For years, we’ve beat the proverbial drum about the opportunity to earn the same world respected Purdue degree here at Purdue Calumet as students do at our West Lafayette sibling campus.
The past two years, we made an even more distinctive claim after introducing experiential learning as a graduation requirement for all degree-seeking, undergraduate students. The opportunity for undergrads to pursue a Purdue degree while gaining hands-on, real world experience prompted “A Purdue degree + experience for a lifetime” theme for many of our advertisement and marketing messages.
The PUC EXPERIENCE is about experiences
Then during a recent meeting of our campus Marketing Council, we got to bantering around the notion of how the Purdue Calumet experience goes beyond experiential learning—and, for that matter, even that world-respected Purdue degree.
We discussed how the Purdue Calumet experience can and does occur in a classroom or laboratory, conducting research, collaborating on a project, chilling with friends, hooping in the gym, hanging out in The Village or wherever—even pulling an all-nighter during finals week. Purdue Calumet experiences can and are nurtured by challenging professors, the tough, motivating love of a coach and a special relationship we come to cherish.
There’s also the juggling of jobs, family and studies drill; the come-from-behind sports victories and subsequent celebrations; the satisfying feel of achievement and success. It’s these experiences and countless others that bond Purdue Calumet and the lives it touches. Purdue Calumet, we came to realize, is all about experiences—experiences for a lifetime.
What are your enriching experiences?
If you’ve already read Erika Rose’s feature piece in this issue by the same title, you, presumably, have a clearer understanding about how Experiences for a Lifetime go a long way in defining Purdue Calumet.
Then again, maybe nobody needed to explain it to you. Maybe you get this whole Experiences for a Lifetime thing because your life has been enriched by your own Purdue Cal experience(s).
If so, I invite you to share one with me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your name and affiliation to Purdue Calumet—i.e., student, alumnus, parent, employer, etc—and we’ll publish a representative sampling at webs.purduecal.edu/insight/your-experiences-fa10/.
Editor & Asst. Vice Chancellor of University Relations
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