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!

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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

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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!

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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

CityBus

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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!

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Weekend Update: Art in the Park & Purdue Graduation

19895030_1878575069073464_4835939974774910869_nWeekend Update! Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by? Check out the endless possibilities for fun events happening this upcoming weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

Bring your friends and family to the final Art in the Park event at Armstrong Park this Sunday, August 6. The theme for this fun day is Carnival Day.  Art in the Park festivals showcase local and regional recognized fine arts and crafts, live art, music from local talent, a variety of foods from various vendors and fun activities for the kids—a unique art experience for the entire family! Art in the Park is a family-friendly event, free to attend, and open to the public. Carnival Day will feature stilt walkers and a fire show! Don’t miss it!

Engineering FountainCongratulations to all our Purdue Grads taking the annual graduation procession this Saturday, August 5. The class of 2017 will be walking and receiving this most prestigious degree from one of the best universities in the world. We wish to offer our highest felicitations on this success and wish you the best in your future.

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

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Taste of Purdue

Purdue’s campus is not only home to many famous scholars and outstanding athletes, but also home to some of the best food in the state. Now that classes are out for the summer, I felt it was perfect timing for a taste of Purdue day! I decided to take a whole day to enjoy some of Purdue’s most famous eats.

Triple XXX Breakfasts Rock!

Triple XXX Breakfasts Rock!

My first stop was at Triple XXX Family Restaurant on State Street. Triple XXX is not only a Purdue tradition, but a tradition for many throughout the country. Food Network’s Guy Fieri brought his show “Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives” and had a taste of Triple XXX himself. As if that fun fact isn’t impressive enough, MSNBC crowned The Triple XXX Best Diner in the state of Indiana and USA Today added their burger to the 50 Best Burgers List. The burgers aren’t the only thing Triple XXX is known for, Thrillist crowned the Triple XXX root beer as the most iconic soft drink in the state of Indiana. Of course I can’t forget to mention the always incredible Triple XXX breakfast. I decided to try the Drew Bree’s First Choice which included two eggs, choice of chicken fried steak or their signature 100% ground sirloin, fried potatoes or hash browns, 2 buttermilk biscuits & sausage gravy. This was the perfect way to start off my taste of Purdue day. I didn’t leave hungry, that’s for sure. (Please note State Street in front of Triple XXX is under construction, so please check http://statestreetwl.com for traffic and construction updates.)

 

Greyhouse Coffee2015My next stop was right up the road at Greyhouse Coffee. Even after enjoying a hearty breakfast at Triple XXX, I couldn’t fight off my cravings for a hand crafted cinnamon latte. I ordered my latte and found myself a comfy chair to read a book and enjoy my drink. Greyhouse coffee is unbeatable and easily one of the most popular study spots on campus. The environment is unlike any other coffee shop on campus, which always draws me in when I need a nice quiet place to study. The service is great and Greyhouse is always full of friendly faces. I left Greyhouse satisfied and happy.

Bruno's Pizza

Bruno’s Pizza

By dinner time, I was starving and ready for something filling and tasty, so I found my way to Bruno’s! I started out with an order of Bruno Dough with a cup of cheese. Bruno dough is deep fried pizza dough brushed with garlic butter and sprinkled with garlic butter. YUM! Although the Bruno Dough was delicious and filling, I still ordered myself a small pepperoni pizza. Bruno’s pizza is unlike any other pizza in the area. It has its own unique look and flavor that everyone is sure to enjoy.

I am an ice cream lover and my taste of Purdue day wouldn’t be complete without it. I made my way across the road to the Silver Dipper. The Silver Dipper is a classic ice cream shop that has been around since 2001. There’s a flavor for everyone, as this shop offers around 40 flavors of ice cream! On this particular visit, I decided to have a waffle cone full of munchie madness ice cream. In case you’re wondering exactly what the munchie madness entails, it is a sweet cake batter ice cream swirled with a salted caramel ripple and brimming with Oreos, M&M pieces and peanut butter cups. All of life’s sweetest treats in one cone, my dream come true!

Enjoying a banana split from Silver Dipper!

Enjoying a banana split from Silver Dipper!

Well, did I make you hungry? All of these spots offer a large variety of food options at reasonable prices. Purdue is a great campus for foodies of any age. Whether you’re planning a summer visit to campus, meeting friends for lunch, or just on a foodie adventure, you are sure to love all of these fantastic tastes of Purdue!

Emily, Visitor Information Specialist and Purdue University Student, shares this blog.  For more information about these restaurants and others in our area, visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

2017 Lafayette-West Lafayette Visitor Guides Arrival

Our new 2017 Lafayette-West Lafayette Visitor Guides have arrived! Learn about our attractions, restaurants, arts and culture, Purdue and more! Request a brochure here: http://www.homeofpurdue.com/contact/brochurerequest.html or view our online flipbook here: https://issuu.com/lwlcvb/docs/2017-18lafayettevisitorsguide.

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Weekend Update: Purdue Commencement & Mosey Down Main Street

IMG_0991Weekend Update! Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by? Check out the endless possibilities for fun events happening this upcoming weekend in or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

Congratulations to all our Purdue Grads taking the annual Graduation March this weekend! This Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the class of 2017 will be walking and receiving this most prestigious degree from one of the best universities in the world. We wish to offer our highest felicitations on this success and wish you the best in your future.

Graduation equals lots of parents and family visiting! Visitors (and locals), make a trip downtown Lafayette to the first Mosey Down Main Street in 2017! This Saturday, May 13, bring the family to this free street fair with live music, craft vendors, food entertainment and social agencies.

Mosey!

Mosey!

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Hats Off at Harry’s: Congrats Fellow Graduates!

IMG_1001Harry’s Chocolate Shop is known around the world as a historical bar. Opened in 1919 by Harry J. Marack during the Prohibition, it primarily served fountain drinks and lunch items while serving alcohol under law enforcement’s radar. Over the years, Harry’s has become one of the most well-known bars in Indiana – earning the title of one of the best college bars in America – and a campus favorite for Purdue students. It is a tradition for graduates to take a picture with a group behind the bar and with the painted brick wall outside of the bar. Some pose with their sororities and fraternities, others pose with their classmates on their senior bar crawl, but all scenarios involve a close-knit group of friends. Many Purdue traditions are accomplished at Harry’s.

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Bailey enjoying a cocktail at Harry’s!

As a graduating senior, I have fond memories of Harry’s. Before my 21st birthday, friends and family assured me that I absolutely had to ring in my new age at the historical “chocolate shop.” From the friendly staff to the famous, free popcorn every night, Harry’s atmosphere is unlike any other. I’d go as far as to say that one should not receive their diploma without first experiencing Harry’s; it’s one of the best and most unique parts of being a Purdue student. Many generations have “gone ugly early” as their slogan states and many generations after us will continue to experience one of the best parts of Purdue’s campus.

17904147_1516002438411611_1261812209097620214_nThe Chocolate Shop truly epitomizes Purdue. When you walk into Harry’s, you feel comfortable; like you’re in your own living room. I have yet to experience a dull time at Harry’s. In fact, some of my favorite memories from my four years at Purdue involve Harry’s; graduated friends coming back and catching up over a drink, After-School Club, and Breakfast Club with some of my closest friends. So, from me to all my fellow graduates: congratulations on thriving at

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Fried Banana Peppers & Grasshopper

Purdue and I wish you good luck in your future endeavors. I hope to see you after the graduation ceremony at Harry’s to say our last goodbye. Ever grateful, ever true. Boiler Up!

Bailey, Purdue University Student and Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Intern, shares this blog. For more information about Harry’s and other bars and restaurants in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Weekend Update: Bach Chorale Singers & Purdue Spring Dance Works

Bach Chorale

Bach Chorale

Weekend Update! Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by? Check out the endless possibilities for fun events happening this upcoming weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

Bach Chorale Singers present their final performances of this season this Friday and Saturday.  On Friday, April 28, celebrate Indiana’s musical heritage with the “delovely” music of Cole Porter and other Indiana composers at the Long Center for the Performing arts. The Bach Chorale Singers will delight you with this great presentation. The following day, head to the Immanuel United Church of Christ as the Bach Chorale Singers present Lafayette Children’s Choir – Kaleidoscope of Colors. Join in this joyous exploration of all the colors of our musical rainbow heritage!

On Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29, enjoy the beauty of dance at the Purdue Contemporary Dance Company: Spring Dance Works 2017. The seven new dance works are accompanied by original music/sound created specifically for these dances by students in the Theatre Department’s Sound Design program. Dance will come alive this weekend at Nancy T. Hansen Theatre in the Yue-Kong Pao Hall, don’t miss it!

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

1869 Tap Room Open To Serve Boiler Country

Unknown copy 4Finally! Purdue has a bar right on campus in the basement of the historic Purdue Memorial Union. This great addition to the food service area of the Union will allow faculty, staff, students and visitors the opportunity to sit down together over an adult beverage.

The 1869 Tap Room opened for Homecoming Weekend in the fall of 2016. People’s Beer (locally brewed) is served on tap along with a selection of wines and bottled domestic beers. People’s works closely with the Purdue hops researchers in the College of Agriculture and with the fermentation specialists in the Department of Food Science.

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An appetizer menu from Pappy’s Sweet Shop is offered during Tap Room hours. Hours are 4:30pm-9:00pm Monday through Saturday during the regular academic session.

Grab your coworkers and end your day relaxing and mingling over a great local beer right on campus.

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Weekend Update: Purdue Grand Prix & Purdue Bands Showcase

grandprix_dWeekend Update! Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by? Check out the endless possibilities for fun events happening this upcoming weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

grandprix_bNot to be missed this Saturday, April 22, is “The greatest spectacular in College Racing,” the Purdue Grand Prix Race!  This event is a racing kart race held at Purdue University each year since 1958. Students from fraternities, sororities, residence halls, and other student organizations form teams and build a racing kart to compete in a 160-lap race around the Purdue University Grand Prix track. This year, in honor of the Grand Prix’s 60th Anniversary, two Alumni Races will also be held, where Grand Prix Alumni can return and race their original karts once again. Both will be featured on April 22, 2017. The Grand Prix is one of the most beloved Purdue University traditions and is a must-see year after year!

More Purdue traditions are to be celebrated this year at the Purdue University Showcase Concerts presented by Purdue Bands. Purdue Wind Ensemble, University Band, Concert Band, Collegiate Band, Symphonic Band, Varsity Band, Purdue Philharmonic and Symphony Orchestras all perform! Wow, that is a lot of musical talent and fun coming this weekend to Purdue. Check out Purdue.edu/bands for details!

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Weekend Update: TAP for TAF Craft Beer Fest & Spring Fest

Cricket Spitting at Springfets

Cricket Spitting at Springfest

Weekend Update! Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by? Check out the endless possibilities for fun events happening this upcoming weekend in or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

IMG_0358Craft Beer Lovers and/or the Craft Beer-curious that are 21+ this event is for you! Join fellow Tippecanoe Arts Federation supporters at the TAP for TAF Craft Beer Fest! TAP for TAF is an event highlighting the growing interest in craft beers and craft microbreweries. This special event takes place at the top floor of the 2nd Street Parking Garage in Downtown Lafayette on Saturday, April 8 Please note non-alcoholic beverages will also be available.

Families, couples, any and all, head to Purdue University for a day of science, agriculture, entomology and more at the annual event showcasing the lighter side of higher education; Spring Fest! This free event, taking place April 8 and 9, is a great opportunity to learn about animals, art, astronomy and much more in two full days of hands-on activities. It’s part education, part entertainment, and all fun! Make sure you head to the cricket spitting area…it is an activity you will never forget!

Springfest

Springfest

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

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