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How to Find Your Passion

It can be hard to wake up for classes every day and study for exams if you aren’t sure they’re leading you to where you want to be. And believe me, I know it’s terrifying to worry about whether or not you’re in the right major, thinking things like, “Will I be able to get a job in my field? What if I end up hating it? What if I’m overlooking the job I’m meant for? How can I succeed if I’m not even learning the right stuff? I’m going to fail at life. Where’s a corner? I’ll just curl up and give up now.”

Stop that. You’re going to be fine. You’re already fine!

I have some suggestions to help you find your passion/niche/métier. Leo Babauta wrote a brilliant, in-depth guide on the topic and if you have time (he suggests taking at least half an hour for some of the steps) you should definitely follow it. You could also head over to the Center for Career Opportunities (Young Hall, room 132) and take a personality assessment to see whether your character seems to match your major.

But to get you started, here are some probing questions to ask yourself:

-What are you good at?
-What do you read about? Where does your mind wander?
-What has been your favorite project to work on for school? Any group projects?
-Think of yourself five years ago. What skills have you developed since then? In what areas are you more confident and competent?
-Think of the last time somebody told you you’re good at something. What was it?
-Do you keep a journal? If you do, look through it for inspiration.
-What was your favorite toy as a kid? Why? What did you love to do in your free time? Do you still love it?
-What are your current obsessions? What can’t you get enough of?
-What inspires you?
-What makes you feel like yourself?

Additional awesome points if your passion includes elements of danger.
Additional awesome points if your passion includes elements of danger.

Of course, the best way to find what you love is to try as many things as you can. College is probably the best time for this, with such various organizations and students on campus; clubs are holding callouts right and left. Although it’s perfectly understandable to attend as many as you can (free pizza! Woo hoo!), try stickling with one or two for longer than the callout.

You could explore a new area every week without exhausting the possibilities, but you should spend adequate time in each area. Talk to experts in different fields; learn as much as you can about why they love their work and what it entails. When you’re ready, try things for yourself. You may not like everything you try, or be very good at it, but as J.K. Rowling said, “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all — in which case, you fail by default.”

So get out there and start discovering your passion! Who knows what you’ll find?

Things to Do: Summer Edition


Hooray! It’s finally warm enough that we want to be outside! If you live and work around campus this summer, be aware that there are still plenty of things to do. And now (I hope) you have time to do them!

Fountain run
You know those times when temperatures reach 80+ and there’s not a cloud in the sky? How you just feel like throwing on a swimsuit and playing in the nearest public water feature? Well luckily for you, it’s socially acceptable to do that at Purdue. Three of the fountains on campus are suitable for a fountain run:

  • Loeb Fountain in Founder’s Park (between Beering and Stone halls)
  • Memorial Fountain (by John Purdue’s grave on Memorial Mall)
  • Class of 1939 Water Sculpture (Engineering Fountain, in front of Hovde)

Lafayette Citizens Band
What could say ‘summertime’ more than a big brass band serenading you on a warm evening downtown? The Lafayette Citizens Band performs in Riehle Plaza every week or two Memorial Day through Labor Day. (

Farmers market
Saturdays, 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
From early May through late October, the air in downtown Lafayette is filled with the smell of fresh garden flowers, baked goods, vegetables and fruits. Regardless of the day or time, a visit to the Lafayette Farmers Market promises some of the finest and freshest produce, as well as an enjoyable opportunity to browse as you stroll through one of Indiana’s oldest outdoor markets! (from

Round the Fountain Art Fair
May 25, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
This annual art fair offers a festive atmosphere around the courthouse. Over 90 juried artists will show their work for perusal or purchase. Proceeds from the fair support fine arts education in the five area public schools, after-hours arts programs, courthouse restoration projects, the restoration of the Marquis de Lafayette Fountain, outside lighting and seating, landscaping, and public art projects and installation. (from

Mosey Down Main Street
June 8, July 13, August 10 and 31, 6 p.m.
This free, family-friendly event is brought to you by the local artistic community and takes place right down the center of Main Street. With three stages of music, outdoor food, beer, and wine sales as well as street performers, sidewalk chalk and handmade hula hoops, drum circles and DJ’s, belly dancers, and balloon animals. (from

Taste of Tippecanoe
June 15, 4 p.m.-12 a.m.
The Taste of Tippecanoe is the major fund raising event for the Tippecanoe Arts Federation. Over 100 area arts organizations benefit from funds raised from this event. Good eats, good music and great fun will be waiting for you at the 2013 Taste of Tippecanoe, so you won’t want to miss it! (from

Wabash Riverfest
July 13
The Wabash Riverfest is a free, family-friendly celebration of one of the region’s greatest natural resources! Music will be provided by SAMI and the Dulcimer Gathering. Available kids’ activities include pony rides and a bounce house. Canoe races will be held hourly on the half hour throughout the day, and there will be an officially timed 5K race. (from

Dancing in the Streets festival
July 20
Year after year, thousands of people return for the best festival around! Three stages of continuous live music, great food and beer/wine and a classic car and motorcycle cruise. (from

I hope you’re having a wonderful summer!