Purdue Incoming Freshman Tips

Coming to a new school can be scary for anyone! Especially a big campus like Purdue. There are so many things that freshmen should know before studying here. I’m coming up on my fourth year here and I’ve written five of what I think are the best tips for incoming students!

Purdue Student Organizations

Go to the beginning of the year event, the B-Involved Fair, which advertises all of the Purdue organizations. Joining clubs and organizations on campus can really help make friends when you’re first starting here. This year it will be Saturday August 19 at the France A. Cordova Recreational Sports Center!


The B-Involved Fair hosts my club, the Feminist Action Coalition for Today (FACT) each year! It’s always so much fun and it has clubs for every interest and passion.

Purdue App


Download the Purdue app, which has information on dining courts, has directions/maps to campus, and a lot more! You can check out which dining court to grab lunch at, when your bus will arrive, and tons of useful information.

Residence Hall Tips

If you live in a residence hall, keep your door open! Especially during the first few weeks, it gives people an opportunity to see and talk with you. Plus, it helps cool down the building if there’s no A/C!


I lived in Meredith Hall my first year at Purdue! It felt like a really close-knit community and everyone kept their doors open in order to meet other students!

Computer Labs

Learn where the computer labs are on campus. They’re a great, quiet place to get work done. It’s also helpful to know where they are for when you are printing notes and assignments.IMG_2232


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Get to know the CityBus system! Hopping on the bus to get around campus can make student life so much easier. It can be a little confusing at first – but utilizing the bus system is a vital part of freshman year!

I hope that these tips will help new students here at Purdue. Getting involved on campus, learning your way around, gathering information about the dining courts and more, and making friends – these things are what college is all about! Enjoy your time here and Boiler Up!

This blog was shared by Visitor Information Specialist Intern, Samantha Martin!











What Lies Beyond Purdue Campus Part 1

Greetings from Purdue University Students, Emily & Sam! Enjoying Another Broken Egg!

Greetings from Purdue University Students, Emily & Sam! Enjoying Another Broken Egg!

Coming up on my fourth year as a student at Purdue University, I am reflecting on how I’ve spent my time in Lafayette-West Lafayette and the surrounding areas. Sure, I’ve been to some of the events on campus like Starry Night, but have I really experienced the Greater Lafayette area? Definitely not! I lived in the residence halls for the past three years, and so all of my activities and knowledge of events was based around campus. However, it wasn’t until joining the staff here at VLWL that I came to realize all of the things there are do and see just off of Purdue’s campus. A big part of working here means that I help visitors and locals connect with events and businesses here in Lafayette-West Lafayette.

Two of our senior staff members took another new employee and I out on a tour of the community so that we would be able to educate people who come into our office. It just so happens that we had a lot of fun doing so! I’ve detailed all of the awesome places that we were able to visit, and I encourage everyone who hasn’t ventured off campus to visit as well!

Breakfast! Yum!

Breakfast! Yum!

Another Broken Egg They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day! And Another Broken Egg is a great spot to get it at. We started our day off by stopping by and checking out this Purdue staple open since 1996. It’s located on Northwestern Ave next to the Stacked Pickle. We tried a variety of dishes, from sweet to savory – and it was all delicious! This is definitely a great spot for students, faculty and the community to come and grab breakfast or brunch.  Please note there is parking in the back.

The Farm & Prophetstown State Park As you first enter Prophetstown State Park, you’ll come across The Farm. This place is a must-see for anyone who loves animals! Chickens, sheep, horses, pigs, and more! We were even lucky enough to get the chance to hold kittens that were just weeks old. Surrounded by the beautiful State Park, the Farm is a great place to escape from the hustle of Purdue’s campus. After stopping by the Farm, you can explore the trails and sights of Prophetstown. The State Park is a great spot for bike riding, walking trails, or having picnics.

Hi chickens!

Hi chickens!

Battlefield Memorial

Battlefield Memorial

Tippecanoe Battlefield This site commemorates the Battle of Tippecanoe which occurred in 1811. We visited the landmark of this historic battle, which also has a museum nearby telling the story of the battle between U.S Forces led by William Henry Harrison and the Native American confederation led by The Prophet. The Battlefield is surrounded by beautiful scenic hiking trails and picnic areas. This would be a great place for visitors to take some time to come and learn about the impact that Tippecanoe County had on our country’s history!

Wolf Park The Wolf Park is home to 13 wolves, including some loveable new born wolf pups! They also host foxes, coyotes and bison there. This place is a wonderful place to walk outside and view some beautiful animals up close. The Park is dedicated to researching wolves, and contributing to education and conservation of the species. It hosts Howl Nights which are a great attraction for students and families alike – staff enter the enclosure and interact with the wolf pack, and you have the opportunity to howl with the wolves! It’s wonderful to see such enthusiasm for growing and protecting this species!

Garden Gate Tea Room This place is absolutely adorable! If you’re looking for a cute and unique place to have lunch with friends, this is definitely it. We enjoyed personal pots of tea from a HUGE variety of flavor choices. I also enjoyed a sandwich and a delicious cup of carrot soup! Decorated as a traditional tea room, with doilies and all, the Garden Gate Tea Room in Delphi will make anyone feel like royalty. Reservations recommended for this small, cozy space!

Riding the Delphi!

Riding the Delphi!

Wabash and Erie Canal We had the opportunity to walk through the museum at the canal in Delphi. This museum is really remarkable because it was constructed almost entirely by volunteers! It’s filled with interactive exhibits, countless historic artifacts, and educational information about Indiana’s history. The museum is on the banks of the canal, with beautiful natural views. Just a short walk from the museum is the Canal Village which is a reconstruction of a Pioneer Village, complete with a Blacksmith, one room school house, and others. It is reminiscent of Connor Prairie, but located just outside of Lafayette!

More adventure awaits in the afternoon!  Check back to this blog on Friday, July 7, for more local afternoon fun in Lafayette-West Lafayette! Samantha, Purdue University Student, shares this blog.




Artists’ Own-Featuring Local Art and Handmade Products

Scott Frankenberger Pottery

Scott Frankenberger Pottery

Julia, a Purdue Grad Student, shares her shopping experience at a unique art gallery and shop, Artists’ Own!

My sister’s birthday was coming up during our summer family vacation and we needed to get her a gift in a pinch!  A shop that I pass by on a regular basis, Artists’ Own, has always caught my eye.  Artists’ Own is a cooperative business run by local artists from all over Lafayette, West Lafayette and nearby areas.    The products in Artists’ Own range from scarves and handmade cards to handmade plates, mugs, unique pieces of art, even creative teapots! The artists in the co-op are featured in Art Around the Fountain and a few other local events. The staff at Artists’ Own is the local artists who feature their artwork within this creative shop and they have a passion for all of the work submitted by the different artists and always gives useful and insightful information about the piece in question.

Ladies Shopping!

Ladies Shopping!

My favorite new artist who has a large amount of stock in Artists’ Own is Zach Medler.  I chose a piece by this artist because his style seemed urban, but clean and (since I can’t find the words to describe how his unique style is) AMAZING!  A solid favorite in my family is the work of Scott Frankenberger.  His work with ceramics is coated in beautiful, deep shades of reds, browns and blues that my family loves to give as presents! If you’re not in the mood to make a purchase, the other side of Artists’ Own is a gallery featuring the artists of the co-op.  A must see for the art-inclined!

For more information about Artists’ Own and other art galleries and shops in Lafayette-West Lafayette visit www.HomeofPurdue.com.

Battle Ground – My School Days Playground! Don’t miss the Indiana Fiddler’s Gathering!

SONY DSCPurdue Student, Julia, shares her enjoyment at the Indiana Fiddler’s Gathering in Battle Ground, Indiana, taking place June 28-30.

The Fiddlers’ in Battle Ground is a perfect weekend event for music-lovers.  The official name is “Indiana Fiddlers’ Gathering”, but it is often referred to as the “Fiddlers'” depending on where one is from.   I attended the festival with a great group of friends who would appreciate a night of folk music!  The festival goes from Friday until Sunday with campers from all over the state (and beyond), giving the Fiddlers’ an inviting and community-effort feeling. The town of Battle Ground is quite small, but it in a town where everyone knows each other and it is fun to see the locals having a weekend to welcome others.

We staked out the perfect spot for our folding chairs and blankets where we could hear all the music and watch the town move about the grounds.  We had a fantastic night with good friends listening to live music that is hard to come by!  If you become restless, the Fiddlers’ is on the Tippecanoe Battlefield, which leads to a beautiful creek, a bridge that crosses it and fields past the bridge.  Our group enjoyed listening to the bands, socializing in a friendly environment, and as the sun went down, catching fireflies. The Fiddlers’ is an annual event that I would always recommend!

Also, note!  Visitors can order discounted tickets at www.indianafiddlersgathering.org!  Have fun!

Fiddlers LorriSweeney

Summer Marketing and Antiquing

Purdue Student, Julia, shares her summer experience shopping and antiquing in Lafayette-West Lafayette.

Summer time in Lafayette-West Lafayette is by far the most nostalgic and peaceful time I can think of.  Growing up in the area provided a wonderful education and a perfect place to be a family, and now as a graduate student I can enjoy Lafayette-West Lafayette for the entertainment possibilities and community festivals!  To start off the summer right and take a break from an intensive summer course, I took part in one of the best weekly summer activities, the downtown Saturday morning farmer’s market!

I woke up early on Saturday and met some friends at the farmers market downtown.  Buying local produce during the lush produce season is a fun variation from every day grocery shopping and opens a door to what others in the community are able to produce!

I bought two types of cheese from a small stand before making my way over to First Class Clutter, an antique store a few blocks from the farmers market.  I have quite the weak spot for our local antique stores because they offer a variety of odds and ends. Today’s trip was unique because I found some bright blue beaded costume jewelry that will look perfect with a new outfit I recently purchased.

One of the newest additions to downtown that I visited for the first time on our Saturday morning stroll was a bookstore called Robots and Rogues.  This is a must-see place for those with a taste for science fiction, fantasy, graphic novels or delightfully nerdy shows.  I loved this store because they had a Dr. Who book series out and a graphic novel of Serenity.  This book store has a very different and quirky character that is rare downtown.

Being downtown makes it irresistible from stopping at a wonderful wine and cheese restaurant called Main Street Cheese and Wine.  Fun fact, my friends and I did the website for this shop when we were seniors!  The owner, Ivan, is a kind and knowledgeable man who graciously worked with Purdue hospitality students on a business media project.  Stopping by to support his business by sampling local, delicious cheeses and refreshing, creative wine is the least we could do!

Spiced Apple Wine


The last stop on our morning trip was a coffee shop I had never seen before.  K.Dee’s coffee is a place to bookmark if you are a coffee-lover!  The prices were startlingly low for the good quality product and inviting atmosphere.  From the outside, the coffee shop does not look like much, but the inside has a look and feel that makes you wish you were an author.  I ordered a simple iced Americano, and it was a perfect end to a warm, sunny Saturday perusing new places around my hometown!

Fall Time on Campus! Greyhouse Coffee

What a busy time on campus!  Fall is absolutely beautiful and the life around West Lafayette booms!  This week my local destination is Purdue University and the wonderful escapes I’ve had!  I’m in a very exciting graduate program called Atlantis in the College of Technology which promotes relations from multiple counties and sends the students to the United States, Spain and Ireland for two years to receive two masters’ degrees in sustainable technology.  The international students make the most of the year they have at Purdue and explore as much as they can.  I can’t wait to share campus with new students both international and from other states!

In the fall, I make Greyhouse Coffee Shop a regular part of my week.  I used to work at Greyhouse, and even though I left the job due to research needs two years ago, I feel like part of the Greyhouse family!  There is a perfect-sized menu with so many favorite dishes and drinks!  Greyhouse offers crepes, espresso drinks, coffee, gelato, pastries and retail.  I love going to Greyhouse on a late-night walk through campus and getting a little cup of gelato, or studying there during the day and ordering a London Fog (sweetened Earl Grey tea with milk).  If I’m in the mood for an entire meal, I go for my favorite crepe which is available all day!  I love a breakfast crepe with spinach, mozzarella cheese and specialty sausage.

Greyhouse makes a point to order their ingredients from local suppliers.  Their coffee comes from all over the world, but with much more care and research than most people know!  They make sure that the prices are fair trade or even better than fair trade.  When I worked at Greyhouse, the coffee was from small farms in Rwanda.  Greyhouse started working with these small places abroad to see first-hand where the beans came from, the process to produce them, and how they can form a symbiotic relationship.

I could rave about my favorite coffee shop on campus for pages and pages, but I know I should be short and to the point!  For great quality, loving customer service and an atmosphere unmatched on campus, come study or relax at Greyhouse!

(Thank you, Julia B. for sharing your Purdue University Student experience!)

Nakama Sushi House

Purdue University Student, Julia B. shares her experience at Nakama Sushi House:

All of my friends on campus know that one of my favorite sushi places in town is Maru.  However, I found a new gem that just came to downtown Lafayette that I will be going to on a regular basis.  A new sushi restaurant called Nakama Sushi House recently opened up on Main Street, downtown Lafayette.  I would encourage all sushi or Japanese-style food lovers to try this new restaurant!

The first things I noticed about this restaurant that make it unique and interesting was the service and ambiance.  I feel right at home with servers who can walk a fine line being entertaining, informal and helpful without coming off as being too much or annoying.  I loved our server!  She had a great sense of humor and her style of service was unique which made our experience quite memorable.  She was never afraid to tell us what she did and did not like, and what she honestly did not know about yet. The ambiance of Namaka would best be described as Japanese Fusion, a hip feel still paying tribute to a wonderful Eastern culture.

My boyfriend, Ryan and I went to Nakama because we were going to celebrate the completion of my first graduate school course!  When we saw the delicious types of sushi rolls for only $5, we knew we were going to have a fantastic night.  They have a specialty tea, Raw Honey Iced Green Tea, for $2 with free refills.  In all we had five rolls of sushi and numerous teas for only $29 for the whole meal! Our favorite roll was fried shrimp, coconut, sweet house sauce and delicious crunchies.  With the price we paid and the experience we had, we can’t wait to go back!  If we don’t feel like going across the bridge, another wonderful thing about Nakama is that they deliver and are featured on Hungreyboiler.com.  Happy eating!



Hello from Julia B. from Purdue & her experience @ Bistro 501

We would like to introduce Julia B. who will be a featured guest blogger from Purdue University.  Julia B. will be sharing her Lafayette-West Lafayette experiences this year!

“Hello to all who read these blogs!  My name is Julia B., and I am a graduate student at Purdue that will be a guest blogger.  I grew up in West Lafayette which makes the opportunity to share my favorite things about my hometown extremely fun. My grandparents, parents, and sister all went to Purdue which makes me a third-generation Boilermaker so I hope to help those interested in Purdue find enjoyable things to do as well!

On my trips around town I will focus on food, drinks and events I find myself able to take part in.  Some reoccurring characters in my blogs will be very good friends of mine and my boyfriend, Ryan.  My favorite things to do around town center around sushi and Thai food, antique shopping, video games and friendly, inviting bars.  My blogs may center on my interests, but my intention is to bring all of West Lafayette and more to those who are interested in reading.   I look forward to sharing!”

Julia B.’s shares her visit to Bistro 501:

“Whenever my family has something to celebrate, we find ourselves at Bistro 501.  Their menu changes with the season, so calling for lunch and dinner selections is the best route for information.  Their wine list is the best part of the website and a reason in itself to go to Bistro!  Bistro 501 was a recent selection for my mother and me after a late movie.  We ordered the sweet corn blueberry crème Brule, which is now my favorite summer dessert.  It is a seasonal product and may not be offered other seasons or until the chef decides to pull this recipe out again!  For a very nice evening out with someone special (like a wonderful mom!), Bistro 501 is a treat for special occasions or a beautiful lunch.  Also, this French restaurant is a perfect date night restaurant.”

Welcome Purdue Students! Purdue Student Blog

Purdue Bell Tower

The Lafayette-West Lafayette CVB welcomes Purdue students back to the community!  We are excited for this 2012-2013 school year and to announce we will be working with the Tourism Association of Purdue to showcase a “student” view on what is cool and fun to do in the area.  This group will be heading to local shops, restaurants, attractions and more to really experience what life is like if you embrace the places around you.  We will be introducing their blogs throughout the school year, so do not miss out!

Left to right: T.A.P Carly, social chair; MaryKate, Vice President; Julia, President

The President of the Tourism Association of Purdue shares their story and goals for the year:

“The Tourism Association of Purdue is getting a makeover this year. This is a rebuilding year, with the group starting out with only three members. We encourage people from every major to join our group. The focus of this year will be on local tourism, and showing Purdue what there is to do in our two great cities. There will also be an influence on teaching that tourism is more than just travel, but encompasses a broad range of subcategories including restaurants to infrastructure.
The group will focus on recruitment very strongly and are really hoping to build our numbers and this organization. We will be working on this blog as a group. This will involve us going to different places around West Lafayette and Lafayette and then taking turns blogging about our experiences. We will also be fundraising so that we can have money for these outings and potentially a bigger trip to another city at the end of the year. The growth of the group could also mean more trips to more places for the returning members. This should be a great incentive to join. Another incentive is that there are leadership roles available and the ability to grow in the group. Our other focus this year will be working in the community and volunteering as much as possible, especially at festivals and events such as that.
One idea I really hope to succeed with this year is working with the people who put on The Amazing Race in Lafayette. I feel that this would be very beneficial and fun for our group. Hopefully, this will help give the group motivation to start its own Purdue Amazing Race in the future, while continuing to work with this local race as well. It works well with the tourism aspect of our group and I think it has great potential!
T.A.P. is going to be a great group to be involved in, and I hope many people become interested and want to join!!”