I was born and raised in China, and as a kid, I dreamt about being a scientist. The first 16 years of life was fairly peaceful but that all changed when I flew to the other side of the world. I started my junior year of high school in Rome, Georgia. When I arrived, I noticed people were very nice. For example, they helped me find my classes and improve my English. This made it easy to make new friends. I was not the only Chinese student, but I knew I should not always stay in their little group and keep speaking Chinese all the time. Therefore, I branched out and made friends from different cultures and became involved in school activities. Joining the band, playing a role in the musical, performing in the chapel for celebrations, and volunteering locally like at food banks and the theatre all made life become more interesting and colorful than it ever had been before. One major lesson I learned was how to cooperate well with others. Beginning from asking what homecoming is to ultimately standing on the football field and hearing my name announced as homecoming princess, I had come to understand this culture. This was the first time I felt that I was accepted by American society which caused me to become more active.
I am curious and always have a great thirst for knowledge. While I was in high school, I wanted to learn another language. Learning French was one of the best choices I have ever made. It was and continues to be hard because it is my third language. Sometimes, I have to learn both English and French words at the same time. I am still learning it in college. Although it is challenging, I still enjoy it and plan to go to France in the future.
This is my first year at Purdue University but by credits, I am a 2nd semester sophomore. I love challenges, and that is why I thought to be a College of Science student studying physics. Because I am an international student and have a unique background, I would make a great contribution as a senator.
Establish information sharing system prior to course registration
- Let students have access to previous course syllabuses
- Have professors co-advise students during their class selection period
- Establish & publish final exam schedules right after the first week of the corresponding semester
- Gain additional research opportunities as well as teaching assistant positions for undergraduate students
- Fund raising for more scholarships for both domestic and international students
- Promote reusing and renting textbooks as well as textbook tax cuts
- Extend On-the-Go! operating hours
- Provide more parking lots
- Dining dollars can be used in Purdue Memorial Union dining operations, however, there is a limit of $25 per semester. Students should have more choices of using dining dollars in more places on campus unrestrictedly.
Internship & work-study jobs
- Promote recruiting events within college of science
- Have science college introduction brochures passed out to freshmen
- Student organizations get more financial and policy support from school
- Promote more culture-bridging events to build the One Purdue community
I am a freshmen majoring in Biology, pre-veterinary. My hometown is Indianapolis, specifically the Nora area where I’ve lived nearly all my life. I attended North Central High School, graduated with an International Baccalaureate Diploma, a fierce drive, and a curiosity for knowledge. The philosophy I developed in high school of putting others before myself has followed me to Purdue. I am involved in a number of volunteer activities, including the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and Purdue’s Community Action Days. I also volunteer through clubs such as the Purdue Biology Club and the PPVMA. Though I work at Earhart Dining Court and am involved in undergraduate research, I still make time for my friends and family. Giving back to them and the community is very important to me, which is why I am training to become a BGR Team Leader for this upcoming Boiler Gold Rush and running to become College of Science Senator. Purdue and the College of Science have given me so much during my year here, and I hope to add to the wonderful legacy of Purdue Student Government.
In recent years, pedestrian accidents at Purdue have made the news. The importance lies in educating pedestrians how to maintain their own safety. This may seem like common sense, but the number of pedestrian injuries hasn’t decreased. My brother was injured in a accident while he was riding his bike. Fortunately, he only needed stitches, but others aren’t so lucky. I’d propose adding a pamphlet on pedestrian safety to every freshmen’s check-in packet, in hopes of giving students the tools needed to ensure their own safety.
Unconnected Bike Lanes
It takes $800-1000 to paint preexisting concrete for a bike path. Building a new bike path, by concrete and such to the area, can cost about $35, 000. Based on these numbers it’s obviously more reasonable to connect existing bike paths on existing concrete. Hopefully over the year funds could be raised to paint a connecting bike lane, possibly near the dorms or the engineering mall.
Female Gingko Trees
What’s the first thing you noticed when you walked onto the Purdue campus? I’m sure it’s along the same lines for many of the students touring Purdue everyday. The big buildings, the mass amounts of people, but then as you keep walking you smell something weird and you crinkle your nose. Purdue has 30 female ginkgo trees planted around campus, which produce the strange smell many of us notice everyday. I definitely don’t support the killing of trees which why I’d propose the female gingko trees should be moved to a less populated area. Another option would be planting other trees with a strong pleasant smell. Anyone have any suggestions for trees that would make a good addition to our campus?
I am a sophomore in Math Education. I have had many leadership roles on and off campus. Some of my on campus roles have been senator for Wiley Hall Club, RHA Representative for Wiley Hall, Purdue Student Government (PSG) Associate Director and most recently Director of Engagement in PSG. I am also involved with the Leadership Learning Community this year. Off campus, I am a Varsity Volunteer Assistant Basketball Coach at West Lafayette High School.
My name is Kaley Weber, and I’m a junior from Springboro, Ohio. I’m studying Cellular, Molecular, and Developmental Biology, and I plan to pursue a career as a Physician’s Assistant after I graduate. Besides student government, I’ve been involved multiple years with Greek life, Boiler Gold Rush, PUDM, and the Old Masters program while on campus. I’ve served in Purdue Student Government for two years now, once as a senator for the Undergraduate Studies Program and then as the senator for the College of Science, and would love the chance to continue to represent the students from the College of Science!
Platform Initiatives for Kaley Weber
Candidate for College of Science Senator 2013
The slogan for this campaign is “Science First” focusing primarily on enhancing the undergraduate experience for each student within the College of Science. The main initiatives I’ll promote are:
- Working with faculty and advisors to decrease the amount of class options to fill degree requirements that become unavailable year to year. Since these classes are part of the requirements for graduation and are listed as available on Purdue published information sheets, it’s unfair to students who are trying to plan out course schedules to have classes suddenly become unavailable without warning.
- Collaborate with Purdue Science Student Council to help organize a large gathering of professional companies offering internship and career opportunities for College of Science majors. This would be like Industrial Round Table for engineers.
- Strive to increase collaboration between the many departments of the College of Science beyond required core classes. Multidisciplinary work is very beneficial to students in their undergraduate and later professional careers.
- Increase the amount of the safety/emergency call boxes around the Lilly and the research areas where students often work late hours
website : web.ics.purdue.edu/~vnjotose/
Vinsen Njotosetiadi is a junior in Computer Science Honors with minor in Economics. Entering Purdue in fall 2010, he spent most of his lifetime in Indonesia. Being an international student gives him a broad perspective and the upper hand to represent a wide variety of student bodies at Purdue. Vinsen currently works part time as Software Verification Engineer at Delphi Electronics & Safety West Lafayette Lab. He also worked as a math tutor teaching non-traditional students in SPAN Plan Program in 2011. In addition, he is also an active member of Indonesian Student Association and Purdue Global Dialogues Program. Vinsen’s experience and background has inspired him to get involved in ensuring the best learning and life experience Purdue can offer.