A New Home for the Pre-Professional Advising Office


Think you know all about the CCO? Did you know that the Pre-Professional Advising office joined the Purdue CCO team? Learn more about the move by reading through this interview with the Director of Pre-Professional advising, Amy Terstriep.

1. Why did the Pre-Professional Advising office combine with the Purdue CCO?

The primary reason for combining the CCO and Pre-Professional Advising is to locate all career oriented services in one place for the convenience of students. It also allows both offices to expand our knowledge base on various careers and to provide more targeted services for students.

2. Where are the new Pre-Professional Advising offices located?

Our offices are on the second floor of Young Hall in the newly renovated CCO space. Students check in for appointments in Young Hall 132 then come to the second floor to visit with us.

3. Are the same resources available to students?

Pre-Professional Advising can assist students from all majors with their exploration of and planning for careers in law, medicine, veterinary medicine, and other health careers. All of our workshops, courses, newsletters, personal statement feedback, and one-on-one advising are still offered as well as our annual Law Fair and Health Careers Expo. Besides the services that we offer, CCO can assist students with parallel career planning, writing resumes, and preparing for interviews. All of these services are now in one central location!

4. Are current students able to keep the same Pre-Professional Advisor?

Our advisors, Amy Terstriep, Storie Pedley, and Cristy Gosney, all see students from all majors and with interests in all professional fields. Some students choose to stay with one advisor while others find it easier to sign up for the first available appointment. Both methods work for us. We do particularly enjoy it, however, when students return to see us more than once so that we have the opportunity to really get to know them.

5. Are there drop-in services for Pre-Professional Advising? Or do students need to make appointments in advance?

Generally it is easiest to make an appointment in advance. We use the Krannert appointment system which is linked on our website. Students with general questions about exploring professional careers such as medicine or law may come to CCO drop-ins Monday-Friday 10:00am-4:00pm.

6. With the merging of these two offices, what would you say the biggest changes are?

Location is probably the biggest change. This is our third location in 2 years, but the CCO will be our permanent home. The CCO facility is amazing with interview rooms and a career closet for students who need interview clothes. Working more closely with career development colleagues is an exciting aspect of this change. We are hoping to find new ways of meeting students’ pre-professional advising needs.

7. Any additional comments?

We are excited about continuing to provide pre-professional advising services to Purdue’s future and current students as well as alumni. The CCO is nationally recognized and can help us move forward with developing programming for pre-professional students at Purdue.

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